Before Carter's homer ...

BOB ELLIOTT

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PHILADELPHIA -- "Yo, Lou, remember the last time we had a World Series here?"

"Yo, Arnie, it was a good one. 'Schill' put those Canadians away like Smokin' Joe Frazier. We celebrated by seeing who could eat the most cheese steaks at Pat's King of Steaks."

This conversation was fictional, but easily could have happened during the rain last night.

It is true, however, that most

everyone in Philadelphia refers to each other as "Arnie" or "Lou," rather than "Buddy" or "Boss."

Everyone remembers how Philadelphia Phillies righty Curt Schilling pitched a five-hit shutout to blank the Blue Jays 2-0 in Game 5 of the 1993 World Series.

Schilling, who one former Phillies manager described as "a horse on the day he pitches and a horse's butt the next four days," allowed two singles to Pat Borders and one each to Robbie Alomar, Paul Molitor and East York's Rob Butler.

And hoagies, TastyKakes and cheese steaks are local delicacies.

While Schilling kept the Phillies alive and moved the Series to Toronto, where Joe Carter won it with a three-run homer off Mitch Williams with one out in the bottom of the ninth of Game 6, it was here that the Blue Jays really won their second Series in a row.

They did that by taking the first two games at Veterans Stadium, Games 3 and 4 of the Series.

Pat Hentgen awoke on Oct. 19 in suburban West Conshohocken, Pa., to read headlines in the Philadelphia papers stating Pat Who?

How the Jays wound up in West Conshohocken was due to a foulup in reservations at their downtown hotel.

The Jays thought they found a top-secret location in the burg with a population of 1,446 (2000 census). When their lead bus pulled around the corner, a banner hung across the main street read: "Welcome Toronto Blue Jays."

Seems like the West Conshohocken Police Department has the same top-level security of Andy Griffith's Mayberry. Like when the secret gold shipment came through. Assistant Deputy Barney Fife arranged for a "Welcome Secret Gold Shipment" banner and had the high school band on hand.

Getting back to "Pat Who," Hentgen pitched six innings on a rainy night like last night, allowing one run and striking out six with Jays backup first baseman Paul Molitor in the lineup against lefty Danny Jackson. Molitor had three hits, including a homer, a triple, and three RBIs, in a 10-3 win.

The next night, yet another rainy night in Pennsylvania, the Jays went up 3-1 in the Series.

Manager Cito Gaston allowed reliever Tony Castillo to hit leading off the seventh down 13-9. Jays fans screamed at the TV "Use a PINCH-HITTER!"

Down 14-9 in the eighth, with five outs remaining, the Jays pulled off an inning more remarkable than the ninth inning of Game 6. And it all started, as you remember so well, with a harmless Carter single to right against Larry Andersen.

John Olerud walked and Molitor doubled in a run. On came Williams to pitch. Tony Fernandez singled in a run, and Borders worked a walk to load the bases. After Ed Sprague struck out, Rickey Henderson hit a two-run single to make it a one-run game and Devon White followed with a game-winning triple to right-centre.

The boos rained down upon Williams after the Jays' five-hit, six-run rally.

And Philly fans were at the ready last night.

Not that they have a bad reputation, but Philadelphia mayor Michael A. Nutter was on the radio yesterday afternoon asking for "Philadelphia fans to be on their best behaviour.

Best behaviour?

In April, fans at Citizens Bank Park cheered when New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes hit his head on Chase Utley's knee on a slide. And when Reyes rediscovered what area code he was in and was able to continue, they booed.

Or years ago when Philadelphia Eagles fans cheered when Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin lay motionless on the football field.

Or throwing batteries at J.D. Drew, who refused to sign with the Phillies, headed for the independent Northern League and arrived a year later in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform.

Or as former Milwaukee Braves catcher Bob Uecker used to joke: "What do Philly fans do when the game's rained out? Go to the airport and boo the safe landings."


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