Broad Street Billy: Let's paint the town red once again, Phils fans

Supporters of Lisa Loonstyn gather to raise awareness of ovarian cancer yesterday outside Citizens Bank Park. Loonstyn, 22, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Phils game last night.
Supporters of Lisa Loonstyn gather to raise awareness of ovarian cancer yesterday outside Citizens Bank Park. Loonstyn, 22, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Phils game last night.
Posted: September 21, 2010

I'M BROAD STREET Billy and, as I gobbled my way through Ashburn Alley last night, hoping that Red September's Chooch-smooching, Howard-powered Phillies diehards will inspire our Rolls Roys of a team to give us another Red October, I dreamt of another World Series after-party with 2 million of my closest friends.

So help me get that parade vibe going by sending your favorite Fightin's stories and photos, fan-family histories, pin-striped kids, pets and man-and-woman caves to geringd@phillynews.com. We'll start running a daily dose of B-Street Billy when the playoffs begin.

'WHEELS' WON'T CHEAT: Rooting his heart out last night from his usual perch in Section 117, Row 9, Jerry Horgan, who has been wearing his lucky suit to critical games since the 2008 championship season, is a baseball trivia phanatic rivaling longtime Phillies broadcaster Chris "Wheels" Wheeler.

Phillies geeks like me love the part of every broadcast when Tom McCarthy tries to stump Wheels with a tough trivia question and gives him the "raspberry" buzzer for a rare wrong answer.

This month, Horgan, of Wilmington, tried to save Wheels from the buzzer by e-mailing him: "Wheels, the answer is Cal Eldred - the first Brewers pitcher to get a hit when the team transferred to the National League in 1998. He did it on Opening Day, March 31."

How did Horgan know? "On that same day," he said, "I took the train to New York to watch the Phils-Mets Opening Day Game at Shea, only to see the Phils lose a heartbreaker, 1-0, in 14 innings."

Wheels e-mailed back, "Thanks. But I won't cheat. No way I could know that one."

So for all of us who suspected that Wheels relied on Google for correct trivia answers - he doesn't. He actually is a human baseball encyclopedia!

FANS FIGHT CANCER: Broad Street Billy strolled past the right-field stands last night and found himself in a sea of fans wearing a total of 540 blue T-shirts that read "Lisa's Army" on the front and "Sandy" Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation" on the back.

"Who is the biggest Phillies fan here?" Billy asked.

A chorus of "He's the oldest one" directed Billy to Bill Schenk, 60, of Fishtown, whose niece, Lisa Loonstyn, 22, is fighting ovarian cancer and was the focus of her friends' and family's loving fundraiser.

She threw out the ceremonial first pitch, inspiring bedlam in her army of well-wishers.

"Her son will be a year old next month," said Schenk, who has been coming to Phillies games since 1957 and still hasn't forgotten the 1964 collapse.

"These are the glory days," he said as a stiff, cold wind blew across the field and fans were waving 2008-style rally towels every time the Phillies did something good.

It wasn't a playoff game last night, but it sure felt like one.

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