PHILADELPHIA – As if scoring tickets to see his Philadelphia Phillies play in a World Series game wasn’t enough of a thrill for Jerry Orloski, the one he watched Monday made him feel like he hit the jackpot.
Because he had a birdseye view of history.
“We were fortunate enough to have a ticket,” said Orloski, a Fairview Township resident and longtime Phillies fan who scored fourth-row seats for Monday’s Game 5 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park. “When you get tickets for a Game 5, you never know what the outcome is going to be. Who would have figured we’d have a chance to see them (the Phillies) wrap it up?”
That’s exactly what the Phillies attempted to do, as they got off to a good start while trying to nail down the second world championship in their history before Tampa Bay tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth innings. At press time, the game was in a rain delay.
“It only comes around once every 15 or 20 years,” said Orloski, who also attended the 1980 World Series when the Phillies beat Kansas City for their first title and brought his college-aged sons David, Jerry and Jeffrey to watch this one. “It’s really something special.”
That’s what Jennifer Goyne and her 13-year-old son Thomas figured.
They headed down to Philadelphia from their Wright Township home to make Thomas - who swears there isn’t a bigger Phillies fan around than he is - part of the World Series crowd at Citizens Bank Park for the third consecutive night.
He got a big jolt from the excitement surging through a high-voltage crowd before the game even began.
“The atmosphere,” is what Thomas Goyne said he liked best about Monday night, “just how crazy everybody is and how excited.”
A two-run single by Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino had Thomas Goyne jumping up and down in the first inning, but his mom wasn’t any more restrained.
“I can’t describe the excitement I feel right now,” Jennifer Goyne said. “I’ve been thinking about it all day.”
Sitting through a whipping wind and steady rain that plagued the first part of the game didn’t deter Thomas Goyne even a bit.
“I get to see the grounds crew guys,” said Thomas, who envisions a career in turf management and hopes to be part of a grounds crew some day.
The Wyoming Valley contingent also had high hopes of becoming part of the Phillies championship celebration, as they made their early party plans.
“Hit Broad Street,” is what Thomas Goyne said he planned to do after the game.
“I’ll probably hang around a little longer,” Orloski said, describing the way he’d celebrate a Phillies title Monday, “just to take it all in. And then head back up the turnpike.”
Thomas Goyne already had a special treasure to take home with him.
When Tampa Bay’s Dioner Navarro grounded out to end an inning during Sunday’s Game 4, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard turned around and tossed the ball into the stands. It went right into the hands of Thomas Goyne.
“It’s already in a case,” Thomas Goyne said.
And with a 2-1 lead and Phillies ace Cole Hamels pitching, a handful of Phillies fans from the Wyoming Valley were hoping Philadelphia had the World Series in the bag.
“It’s electric,” Orloski said. “It’s really something special.”