If you noticed two women in section 178 during Game 6 of the World Series, you may have thought they were good friends and rival fans just catching up. In reality, they were catching up on the past four decades because the two are half-sisters who had never met.
"I said 'you want to go to Game 6'," recalled Laurie Green in her text exchange with Selena Brosnan. "Before I could almost finish sending it, it was like 'yes'."
Green, a Shaker Heights resident, was adopted as a baby by a couple from Cleveland. Three years ago, the 54-year-old found out the identity of her real father, Brosnan's dad.
At that time, she not only connected with her dad but also formed a friendship with Brosnan, who is 40 years old, via email.
"She said, 'I've seen pictures of you now, and you look so much like my dad,'" recalled Green. "That was the first time anyone ever told me I looked like someone."
Brosnan is a Chicago resident and a passionate Cubs fan. Green is an equally passionate Indians fan. Their first meeting was a longtime coming but it was a memorable one.
"You go through your whole life not knowing that you have a half-sister, and then you just kind of take a breath for a minute, and you kind of look at each other like, 'Does she look like me? Do I look like her? What is she interested in?'," said Green.
They spent more time getting to know each other at Game 6 than watching the game itself.
"We both like to talk a lot," said Green as she laughed. Both work in education.
Both plan to see each other again very soon.