Top Red Sox fan to wear loyalty on ‘Today’
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They have been generous with their tickets.
A Wisconsin man wrote to the Smiths that his son was about to graduate high school and had dreamed of seeing a game at Fenway.
“Every year since 2005, the father, Tom Watson, and his son, Brian, have been our guests and we’ve struck up a great friendship,’’ said Smith, who attends more than 60 Red Sox games per year, including road trips.
The Smiths have been in attendance for both of Boston’s World Series clinchers in the past decade, 2004 in St. Louis, and 2007 in Denver. With their scheduled trip to the Ballpark in Texas this year, they will have visited 26 major league stadiums.
“I’m always asked to have my picture taken with other fans when I wear my Fenway hat,’’ said Smith. An unsuccessful candidate for governor of Red Sox Nation, she said she was “humbled and touched’’ when Ortiz presented her the Lib Dooley Award plaque.
“I met Lib a couple of times and our families were on the field together that day,’’ said Smith.
Her husband said that his wife “just teared up” when she was informed that she won the award. “She was very moved,” he said. “It was special to her.”
Dooley, who died in 2000, attended more than 4,000 consecutive games at Fenway from 1944 through 1998. She was the daughter of John S. Dooley, one of the founding members of the legendary Royal Rooters in the early 1900s.
“I like to smile and to make others smile and when people ask me if I have a summer home,’’ said Smith, “I tell them Boston. And when they say ‘Boston?’ I explain that my second home is Fenway Park.’’
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