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What They Were Thinking

Nuns cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park

Sister Gertrude Mary (right) of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville and Sister Lorraine cheer as David Ortiz hit a line drive double off the Green Monster on June 26.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Sister Gertrude Mary (right) of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville and Sister Lorraine cheer as David Ortiz hit a line drive double off the Green Monster on June 26.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Sister Gertrude Mary (right) and Sister Lorraine of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville, who cheered as David Ortiz hit a line drive double off the Green Monster to score Shane Victorino on June 26 at Fenway Park. They were part of Nun Day at Fenway Park, a tradition dating back to the Cardinal Cushing/Tom Yawkey era of the 1960s. There were 220 nuns from around the state who were guests of the Red Sox.

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Said Sister Gertrude Mary: “I thought David (Ortiz) will bring him home, I know (he points skyward after home runs). I said ‘watch David, he’ll bring him home.’ C’mon David, do it while we are here. C’mon you 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 four-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.’’’

“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. Yay.’ ‘’

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Said Sister Lorraine: “This is the first time I’ve been here too. I thought, ‘Oh my God 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 up for every game, she was in her eighties at least. She was so happy when they won.

Sister Gertrude Mary: “God help them when they didn’t win. 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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