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104-year-old Cleveland Indians fan: 'Win one before I die!'

Posted at 7:31 PM, Oct 26, 2016

Frustrated it took so long for the tribe to make it back to the World Series?

Try waiting 68 YEARS.

Emily Serian watched the tribe win in person in 1948 and she plans on doing it again this year.

“Long as I had a chance, I watched 'em," Serian told News 5. 

Some might say she’s a bit of an Indians fan.

“I followed them with my husband for so far and so long.”

At 104, she is, by all accounts, the oldest tribe fan alive.

Born in 1912, William Taft was president.The Titanic sank. Women couldn’t vote.

A lot has changed since then. But the one thing that hasn't? Serian's passion for her team.

"Every year I thought, oh, this is the year, this is the year, but it never came," she said.

See, she’s waited patiently. 68 years since the Indians last won the World Series.

She watched them win from the stands in 1948.

“I remember sitting on that bench, long bench, I remember me going in my satchel bag to eat," Serian said.

“Let’s be honest, they owe it to her and if they don’t, I don’t want to see the wrath of this woman coming down on those players," Serian's granddaughter Lori Stevic-Rust told News 5.

Emily’s lived through a lot. What keeps her going is the hopes of seeing another series win for her Indians.

“Last year at 103 she fell and broke her hip," Stevic-Rust said. "She broke her arm in four places and her shoulder and throughout that rehab process is, ‘I’m not going to make it and I’m not going to see my Indians in the World Series.’”

But she did.

She threw out the first pitch on her 100th birthday and has seen nearly every game since she can remember. What she hasn't seen is another World Series win.

A little lady with a huge heart and an even larger love for the game she says, kept her alive for more than a century.

Her shirt, saying it all: “Win one before I die! That’s what I want and I’ve told them enough, I think they know it now.”

She had some tips for the pros too: “Hit the corners, try to steal some bases like they used to and that’s what I think would be the best thing to do to try to win.”

So let’s go tribe, for Emily.