Luzinski's presence, of course, didn't lose Friday night's Game 5, though it certainly didn't help.
But in 1977, his fielding lapse played a huge part in the ninth-inning disintegration that lost the Phillies Game 3 and ultimately the National League Championship Series.
So why make such a connection before a game that had similarly disastrous potential? The Baseball Gods don't know much about irony.
It's not as if the Phillies brass has forgotten about Black Friday or Luzinski's role in it. And it's not as if the similarities between 1977 and 2011 weren't obvious.
Both games took place on a Friday. Both came on Oct. 7. Both involved a Phillies team that had more regular-season victories than anybody in baseball, that was tied in a playoff series, that was coming home to a frenzied city that expected them to follow up a tough road loss with a big win at home.
Why not try to counter the civic angst that was so palpable before Game 5 with some happy memories for the sold-out Citizens Bank Park crowd and the equally tense players?
Why not let Geoff Jenkins, who doubled when Game 5 of the 2008 World Series resumed on the night the Phillies won it all, toss the first ball? Or one of Tug McGraw's kids? Why not let Pete Rose take a bow from the stands? Or bring back Manny Trillo? Even Willie Wilson?
If they were so intent on honoring Luzinski or that otherwise great '77 team in 2011, there were 364 more appropriate days to do so.
Though it's hard to envision a less-appropriate first-pitch-tosser for an Oct. 7 playoff game in Philadelphia than Luzinski, there are a few who would have been just as bad:
Art Mahaffey: Just as Luzinski was at the center of a great Phillies collapse, so was Mahaffey, the Phillies pitcher when Chico Ruiz's steal of home triggered 1964's horror.
Bruce Froemming: The umpire who mistakenly called Davey Lopes safe at first on Black Friday was certainly as culpable as Luzinski in the loss.
John Havlicek: "Havlicek stole the ball!" Maybe if the Celtics great had been in Philadelphia last Friday, he could have taken the ball away from Luzinski too, and thereby saved the Phils from their own stupidity.
I understand the sentiment, but "Andy Must Go" just doesn't have the same kind of lyrical clout that "Joe Must Go" possessed 40-some years ago.
Here are a few possible upgrades:
More Fumbles. More Mumbles. Time Andy Took a Tumble.
Please Do Sack the Man in Black.
Do the Deed to Andy Reid.
Andy Ain't So Dandy. Is Jon Gruden Handy?
The defensive backs don't use their arms.
The ballcarriers don't use their hands.
The coaches don't use their heads.
You do the math
A recent news report noted that U.S. students ranked 32d in math comprehension and 17th in reading among those in industrialized nations.
But what the lamestream media didn't tell you was that all those foreigners can't hold a candle to us when it comes to beer pong, fantasy football, and "NBA 2K11" proficiency.
Contact staff writer Frank Fitzpatrick at 215-854-5068, email@example.com, or @philafitz on Twitter. Read his blog, Giving 'Em Fitz, at www.philly.com/fitz.