Swisher's Walk-off HR Delights Yankee Fan on 106th Birthday - NBC New York

Swisher's Walk-off HR Delights Yankee Fan on 106th Birthday



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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 22: Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees bats against the Seattle Mariners on August 22, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.The Yankees defeated the Mariners 10-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher delivered the perfect present for devoted Yankees fan Esther Koplovitz on her 106th birthday.

    Koplovitz was watching the television broadcast of Wednesday afternoon's Yankees-Baltimore Orioles game when Swisher hit a walk-off, two-run homer to give New York a 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium.

    Koplovitz tells YNN Syracuse she was born in Rostov, Russia in 1904, when the New York ballclub was still known as the Highlanders. She moved to the United States in 1914, a year after the team changed its name to the Yankees.

    Yankees souvenirs and memorabilia fill her apartment at a retirement home in suburban Syracuse. She says she watches as many games as she can, and adds that her love of baseball may be the key to her longevity.

    The game "keeps me fighting'' she tells WSYR-TV.