Good luck charm? Local girl hopes lucky penny will help Indians get to World Series

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MCDONALD - Put a penny in your pocket and good luck may find you. It's a superstition a group of second graders in Trumbull County found out the Cleveland Indians believe to be true.

The assignment was simple: write a letter to the Indians, motivate them to win. Ally Thompson, a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, had no idea the letters her students sent would get much attention.

"I hoped they would at least read the letters because my kids did work really hard on the letters but I didn't think anything will come out of it."

Seven-year-old Mia Starnes chose Francisco Lindor's name at random and wrote him a letter encouraging him at the start of the American League Championship Series. She ended the letter with a simple request - asking the shortstop to put her penny in his pocket for good luck.

Lindor has been following Mia's request and  the Indians have been winning ever since. When Fox 8 asked for a picture of the penny Indians spokesperson Joel Hammond said he wasn't sure Lindor wanted to part with the good luck charm.

"I didn't think he would do it because a seven-year-old is telling him," said Mia Starnes.

Mia says if the Indians want to keep winning she has some advice: bring her lucky penny to Toronto games.

"I think Francisco will bring the penny because he wants to win," said Starnes.

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