Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Broad Street Billy: Ready for another rockin' October

Emma Somogyi, 11 months, has already been to 17 games, met Roy Halladay and hugged the Phanatic.
Emma Somogyi, 11 months, has already been to 17 games, met Roy Halladay and hugged the Phanatic.
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BROAD STREET BILLY went bonkers last night! Doc was dealing! The big bats were back! Werth and Chooch (natch) came through in the clutch for the clincher! We're the Beast of the East! Again! Ready for another rip-roaring Red October! I'm feelin' it! You feelin' it? Yeah! I'm feelin' you feelin' it!

I marched with you from the bedlam in the ballpark all the way up Broad Street on the night we won the 2008 World Series! I partied with you at Broad and Shunk, Broad and Oregon — Broad and EVERYWHERE!

Remember the parade, when all 2 million of us squeezed into the same Broad Street subway train? Ah, good times!

I'm Broad Street Billy, and I want YOU to help me show the Phils how much we love 'em by sending your stories and photos of Fightin's Family Fanaticism to me at: phillies@phillynews.com

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  • PHILLIES GIRRRL! Proud papa Tom Somogyi, of Northeast Philadelphia, says his daughter Emma, 11 months old, was born on Oct. 19, 2009, when Jimmy Rollins hit the two-out, walk-off double that scored two, won Game 4 of the National League Championship Series and put a dagger in the Dodgers' hearts.

    Emma has been to 17 games this season and snuggled in Doc Halladay's bionic arm at the Phillies Phestival to strike out ALS.

    "After meeting the Phanatic in person, and smelling like him for the rest of the night, Emma has a strong affection for the big, green, fuzzy guy," Somogyi reports.

    Emma turns 1 in Red October. "Hopefully," Somogyi said, "the Phils can give her the same first birthday present they gave her big sister Kaitlyn — a World Series win!"

    GOT A VALDEZ? Chris Chapin, of Newark, Del., is ready to kiss, gobble and guzzle his Fightin's to victory just as he did in 2008, when he watched every playoff game eating homemade Phillies Franks in game-used wrappers he'd saved from the division clincher, drinking from that game's refilled water bottles, and smooching a Phils baseball card for good luck as that player came to bat.

    "Crazy?" Chapin asked Billy. "They won, didn't they?"

    But J-Roll's injury and uncertain future has created a kissing crisis.

    "I can't find a Wilson Valdez baseball card anywhere!" Chapin said desperately.

    Can any diehards out there come to the rescue? B-Street Billy will front the cash! A World Championship could be riding on finding that frickin' card!

    TALK TO ME: Send your Phils stories and photos to: phillies@phillynews.com *

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