NEW YORK — There are plenty of die-hard Met fans who have stuck by the team's side during the good times and the bad. But one woman has almost all of them beat.
Addie Russo is 100 years old and has been a Mets fan since the team was formed 53 years ago. Growing up in Coney Island, Brooklyn, there was only one team to root for, according to Russo.
"I was a Dodger fan," Russo said. "Then they moved to California and I said I have no use for them."
Thus began the search for a new team. Russo quickly chose the Mets and stuck with them ever since.
She often went to games with her late husband, paying 50 cents for tickets. Then it was on to Shea Stadium where she held season tickets in 1986, the last time the Mets won the World Series.
Now, Russo watches the games from the comfort of her home - but that doesn't stop her from communicating with the players.
"If you were in my room, I talk to them," Russo said.
In fact, just the other day, she was talking to pitcher Matt Harvey.
"Harvey was pitching, he's a good pitcher," Russo said. " I said, 'Oh, come on, Harvey, you can make it,' and sure enough he came through."
Russo lives with her 77-year-old son Gerry who is also a met fan.
"I could be two rooms away and I her chanting," he said.
Addie is always decked out in her Mets gear, and has a final message for the team as they head into Game 2: "Come on, boys. We gotta take these guys over!"