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What They Were Thinking

Nuns cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park

SISTER GERTRUDE MARY and SISTER LORRAINE cheer as David Ortiz hits a double off the Green Monster to score Shane Victorino in the first inning of the Red Sox’ 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Nuns Day, a tradition that dates to the mid-’60s. They were among 220 nuns from around the state who were guests of the Red Sox, June 26, 2013:

Sister Gertrude Mary (right): “I know [he points skyward after home runs]. I said, ‘Watch David, he’ll bring him home. Come on David, do it while we are here. Come on, you’ve got to do it,’ and he did. Yes, he did, and he brought the other guy home. Yes, he did.

“I got my first job when I was 16, and that’s one of the first things I wanted to do is save my money and go to Fenway Park. I lived in Rhode Island and I wanted to bring my 4-year-old brother with me to Fenway, but we never made it. In fact, I entered the convent when I got the money. And he said, ‘You promised me you’d take me, but God called you instead.’

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“I used to watch them on TV with my dad. Those were the days of Jimmy Piersall, Ted Williams, and Sammy White. I loved it, especially when there was a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. My girlfriend would get so mad because she wanted to go out and I wanted to stay home and watch the ballgame. So, after 60 years this is my first time in Fenway. I was also thinking about my brother, he died five years ago and he’s in heaven, but I’m sure he’s looking down at us and saying, ‘She finally made it.’ ”

Sister Lorraine (center): “This is the first time I’ve been here, too. I thought, I don’t know what I’m going to do. She’s telling me what’s going on because I don’t really know what’s going on.

“We had one little sister — Sister Solange — she just lived for the Red Sox. She was so happy when they won.”

Sister Gertrude Mary: “God help them when they didn’t. She’d shake her fist at them and say, ‘You bums.’ ’’

Sister Lorraine: “Then when they finally won the World Series, she said, ‘Now I can go home to God, they won.’ She was so happy that year. And then within two or three months she went home to God. It was like the fulfillment of her life.”

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.
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