Tommy, we can hear you
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- I like Tommy ...
No, I love Tommy. Tommy is the quintessential loud-mouth Phillies fanatic. It seems he's always yelling something negative but loves his team to no end. For Tommy, the innocence is not lost.
His Phillies are not the defending World Series champions. They are also-rans who break his heart year in and year out. Remember those days? Like Tommy says, "following the Phillies is like an Etch A Sketch. You just shake it and start over again."
Tommy relocated from Philadelphia to Ft. Myers 20 years ago. He's been coming to City of Palms Park since Day One, and is a Red Sox spring season ticket holder. Tommy's got a booming voice, "like Martin Sheen," as he puts it.
I had the pleasure of sitting with Tommy during Sunday's Phillies-Red Sox game. While he threw in a few gratuitous expletives (prompting North Andover's Doug Tracia and the Sox fans in the section to yell "Go to Philadelphia if you want to talk like that, not here" and "Hey, we got kids here!") on more than a few occasions, the catcalls were beyond entertaining and a throwback to the old days at Fenway.
Tommy was feeling particularly good on Sunday afternoon; here are a few of the insults he loudly hurled at his team from behind the first-base line:
Its amazing that Earl the usher hadnt tossed Tommy by the time the Sox pulled ahead 5-4 after Philly blew a 4-1 lead for him. But Earl had some sympathy for poor Tommy, who had to erase the Etch A Sketch yet again.
When we left the cantankerous cat caller, he was busy trying to move his Sox-Yankees tickets for Monday nights game to the Sox fans in our section.
Four yards for the four of them, and Ill throw in St. Pattys day too. I know you people like that up there in Boston.