102-year-old nun follows Reds "religiously"
MELBOURNE, Ky. (Cammy Dierking) - In just a matter of days, baseball will be back! We're counting down to Opening Day.
The Reds have many loyal fans and there is one special fan who has been cheering the home team for decades.
We all know Opening Day is an "unofficial holiday" in the Tri-State. It's a day when Reds' fans of all ages cheer for the home team, even those who have passed the century mark!
One such fan is hoping to give the Reds' some "divine inspiration".
At St. Anne's Convent, just off Route 8, along the Ohio River in Melbourne Kentucky, lives perhaps the most passionate, and certainly one of the oldest, Reds fans around.
Meet 102-year-old Sister Mansueta Martineau.
Her room is done up in cheerful Reds décor, including bobbleheads of some of her favorite players.
She's still upset that her all-time favorite was traded.
"Todd Frazier, he's my favorite," said Sister Mansueta. "He's a real gentleman and a wonderful player."
A few years ago, the staff at St. Anne's threw a surprise party for Sister Mansueta's 100th birthday. It was Reds-themed, of course!
"Mr. Redlegs and Rosie appeared all of a sudden," said Sister Mansueta. "I was so excited, haha!"
Born in 1914, Sister Mansueta joined the convent in 1931, then taught for 40 years. She went to Reds games on school trips.
While she hasn't been to the ballpark in many years, Sister follows the Reds 'religiously', and has some advice for this team:
"Get a good pitcher and they'll win some games because the other players are trying hard," said Sister Mansueta.
Keeping up with the Reds has helped Sister Mansueta stay sharp, and she says she's praying she lives long enough to see the Reds win another World Series.
And it just might happen, after all, she's very well-connected.