Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Fan of the Day

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Fan of the Day

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Young Orioles fan celebrates with 'Hakuna Machado' sign

SARASOTA -- Sophia Failla, an 11-year-old from Cape

Coral, wore an orange T-shirt and a matching bow in

her hair for a trip to see her beloved Orioles at Ed Smith

Stadium.

She brought several posters.

One said "I (heart) Dem O's, Hon." Another said

"Hakuna Machado."

"I've always been a fan of Manny Machado," Sophia said.

"He's the best third baseman ever."

Her dad, Anthony Failla, grew up rooting for the Orioles in

Baltimore. Now his kids and his wife help him root for the

O's from the Gulf Coast.

"Yes, indeed," says Sara Failla. "It's a family affair."

Her 9-year-old son Dominic plays Little League and

brings his first baseman's mitt to the ballpark. …

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