Amazing Neighbors

November 1, 2013

Longtime fan delights in World Series win

PLATTSBURGH — Charles Joseph Little Tree wasn’t sure why his owner was hopping around her bedroom late Wednesday night, but he barked just the same.

Turns out, Elizabeth Dapo was celebrating as the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series in a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I was watching the game in bed, and when they won, I got up and started jumping up and down in my pajamas and yelling, and Charlie was barking and barking. 

“He didn’t know what was going on. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep until 4 o’clock in the morning,” she said, laughing.

The 87-year-old Plattsburgh woman, who is better known as Cherokee, said it was thrilling to see her team take the top prize in Major League Baseball and to watch her favorite player, David Ortiz, named the series’ Most Valuable Player.

“Oh, I thought it was wonderful. I was pretty sure they were going to win, but I felt bad for the other guys. The other team wanted it in the worst way; you could tell. 

“But it didn’t go their way,” she said.

“I love the Red Sox. They’re my guys, and they were all grateful. They played together as a team — all the players, not just Big Papi. They were a whole team, and they made it happen.”

The Press-Republican ran a front-page story about Dapo’s devotion to the Red Sox on Wednesday before Game 6 was played, and she has heard from a lot of friends and neighbors about it.

“Everybody was calling and saying, ‘Cherokee, you’re a celebrity,’” she laughed.

Email Denise A.

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