100-Year-Old Throws 1st Pitch at Tribe Game

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians swept a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field with a 2-1 victory. But the Tribe weren’t the only ones celebrating a big win at Progressive Field.

A lifelong Indians fan who has seen it all had one heck of a party. Nobody has seen more Indians games than Emily Serian.

“I saw a lot of games, a lot of losses, lots of gains, lot of wins, everything,” said Serian.

She’s one of a handful who can say she actually saw the Indians win a World Series back in 1948. That’s one of the many memories Serian has of the Indians.

“1948 Series, that was a hilarious day for me,” she said.

On Thursday, the longtime Indians fan enjoyed a celebration very similar to 1948.

“Very, very exciting. It will be more exciting when we win,” said Serian.

She celebrated her 100th birthday at Progressive Field and even threw out the first pitch.

“It means a lot to my family. They are more excited than I could think,” said Serian.

Her celebration didn’t end there, she got to meet Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

“I shook his hands and said, ‘Win one for me,’ ” Serian said.

Indians owner Larry Dolan even paid her a visit. She thanked him for everything that made her birthday special.

Serian also holds the answer to one of life’s toughest questions: What’s the key to living to 100 years old and celebrating your birthday at Progressive Field?

“I never drank, I never smoked, never had a cigarette in my mouth and never stayed out late hours, went to bed early, got up early,” Serian said.

The only thing she regrets, “That I can’t get up and do what I want. It’s alright for lazy people, but not for people like me,” said Serian.

The birthday girl is not asking for much from the Indians on her 100th birthday, just a gift all of Cleveland could share in, too.

“I wish they would win one today and win the World Series,” Serian said with a smile.