Katherine Fominykh, 16, (left) will be watching tonight's World Series game with her mom in their Baltimore home. She'll be wearing her lucky Victorino jersey, the same one she wore to Fenway Park Saturday night when she watched the Red Sox celebrate an ALCS victory.
"It was just surreal," said Katherine about being at Saturday's game in Boston. "I remember staring up at the stadium, thinking, 'How are we actually here? How did this happen?'"
Katherine made it happen. She spent last Friday on the Internet scouring for tickets. She finally secured two -- one for herself and one for her mother -- and the duo hopped in the car the next morning at 5:30 a.m. and drove the 400 miles to Boston. The seats weren't together, but they didn't care.
Katherine, a senior in high school, describes herself as a "very very big Red Sox fan." She owes it to her mother Anne Stewart-Hill, who lived in Boston for nine years. She said she was drawn in by her mom's passion for the team, a passion she saw in spades Saturday night.
"I've never been surrounded by so many passionate people," Katherine said about her Fenway experience.
She chanted Scherzer's name, sang "Dirty Water," high-fived people, and said she loved the fact that the whole stadium sang the "Three Little Birds" song by Bob Marley when Shane Victorino went to bat. She celebrated with total strangers while her mother did the same from another section. She was so into the game she didn't even touch her phone or think about social media because she didn't want to miss anything.
When the Red Sox won, Katherine's mom rushed to find her. That's when her mom snapped the photo above.
"I just heard her, turned around and hugged her," said Katherine. "It was great."
Check out more photos and stories of kids who were lucky enough to see the Red Sox in action at the play-offs this fall.
Steve Abramson of Framingham sent us this photo of his son:
"Justin Verlander had just thrown my son Jason a ball before game #1 of the ALCS. Definitely made the night as the Sox could not manage a single hit until the 9th inning. Verlander seems like a great guy..." writes Abramson.
Linda from Cambridge shared this photo of her daughter, writing, "A girl and her beard in the bleachers, ALCS game 1."
Carol from Wellesley shared this photo, writing, "Their first playoff trip to Fenway turned out to be ALCS game two, a.k.a. the Ortiz Grand Slam game. What a way to start!"
Zachary and Levi Sigel traveled from New York to see the Red Sox play game six of the ALCS Saturday night. "Nothing is better than experiencing a pennant clinching game at Fenway with your son," the proud papa shared with us. "Raising a Boston sports fan in NY is not easy, but moments like this will cement his love for the Boston RedSox. Go Sox!"
And we'll leave you with some World Series predictions by Jason McGettrick, 9, of Plymouth, who was in Fenway Park last month when the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays to clinch the American League East division. Here's Jason with the team celebrating behind him.
How does the fourth-grader feel about his team going to the World Series?
"I'm really excited!" he said. "I really hope they do win and if they do I'll be really happy and do a cartwheel."
What does he think their chances are?
"I think it's gonna be actually a close series, even though last time they played the Cardinals, they swept them," said Jason. "Both the teams seem really good. And Red Sox players take it down to the last inning."
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.