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October 30, 2013

Red Sox are 'top shelf'

PLATTSBURGH — Elizabeth Dapo’s refrigerator and walls are covered with pictures of the Boston Red Sox.

“I’ve been a fan of theirs forever,” said the 87-year-old Plattsburgh woman, who is all geared up for Game 6 tonight, when her team could win the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals.

First pitch is at 8:07 p.m.

Boston leads the seven-game series 3-2 and returns to Fenway Park, hoping to win the Major League Baseball title in front of hometown fans for the first time since 1918.

The Red Sox became World Series victors on the road in 2004, sweeping the Cardinals in four games. They swept the Colorado Rockies in four games on the road in 2007.

“I just think they’re the greatest, especially Big Papi,” Dapo said, referring to designated hitter David Ortiz, who is batting a staggering .733 in the series heading into tonight’s game.   

“They have a group of older players, but they have some young ones who are very good, too,” she said. “I think they’re going to win it.”

‘ROBBED IN GAME 3’

Dapo said she has never seen a game at Fenway, and colon cancer prevents her from going to the ballpark now.

But she still gets a charge out of watching her team do well on TV.  

She said the Sox were robbed in game 3 when Boston’s third baseman Will Middlebrooks fell and his legs got tangled up with the Cardinals’ Allen Craig as the first baseman tried to run home on a bad throw from Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The umpires called obstruction against Middlebrooks, which led to the winning run in the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory in the bottom of the ninth. 

“That wasn’t fair at all,” Dapo said. “The players didn’t get a fair shake.”

But she understands close calls are part of the game.

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