No story on the Red Sox would be complete without interviewing a Bostonian with such a long memory like McGonagle's. She now lives in a nursing home, still peppy enough to talk with reporters.
"I would go down and see the Red Sox a lot," McGonagle said of her childhood years at Fenway.
Back then, a hot dog cost 15 cents, she said.
She explained the enthusiasm of fans.
"They're a great team," she said. "I don't think as good as they were in Ted Williams' time, but I think they're doing a great job and I'm rooting for them all the time."
Batting legend Williams played for the Red Sox from 1939 to 1960.
This year's team was also noteworthy for how players cultivated beards out of a superstition since spring training: The team kept winning as more players grew one, despite early predictions that this wouldn't their season.
The season indeed ended as theirs.
But one fan on Facebook now wonders:
"Now can they shave?" Robin Gilliam said.