104 year old Tribe fan celebrates Mother’s Day and birthday at Progressive Field
Birthday girl Emily Serian, also known as Nana, says she’s been a Tribe fan for all 104 years of her life. Serian, who hails from Punxsutawney, Penn. and now lives in Cleveland, attended Sunday’s game with her family to celebrate Mother’s Day and her 104th birthday.
Serian, who is one of 17 kids, has had an interest in baseball since she was young — she grew up around the sport and always attended her brothers’ baseball games. Her love for baseball grew when she married her husband and they started attending Indians games together in the 1940s. Serian recalled her trip to the 1948 World Series saying, “We packed up a picnic and traveled to Cleveland… it was one of the most exciting times of my life.”
Since then, Serian has always been very involved with the Indians. Other than attending as many games as she possibly can, in 2012 she threw out the first pitch to Indians pitcher Zach McAllister for her 100th birthday. Then in 2014, accompanied Indians alumnus Omar Vizquel on the field when he was inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame. Throughout the years, Serian has become acquainted with other greats including legendary Tribe centerfielder Kenny Lofton and has made friends with various Indians Front Office employees.
As for current Indians players, Serian says she cheers for them all, but her favorites include outfielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. During Sunday’s game, Serian said, “I still love coming to games and it feels good to see [the Indians] play… I am so thankful to be here.”
-TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis