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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Knapp: S.F. Giants fan Billy seems to have vanished

Which way you goin’ Billy? (maybe The Lincecum Family knows…)

Copies of an old photo of pitcher Matt Cain, in his baby-faced years, and one of the Giants’ most devoted fans have taken up prime real estate in the team’s park. One has been taped to the wall of the team’s batting cage, one in the clubhouse and another below the water jug in the dugout.

The fan in the picture, known to most of the team only as Billy, has been a fixture waiting to greet players and coaches at their parking lot for years. About a month ago, he vanished.

“Everybody’s been worried about him,” said manager Bruce Bochy, who chatted with Billy after most games and periodically provided tickets for him. “The fans who wait outside (to see players) have been asking about him.”

His absence became conspicuous because Billy was always, always there for the Giants. He’d found a home in front of that parking lot, in more ways than one. A security guard stationed there, Orlando Green, offered him a place to stay whenever he wanted.

“You hate to see someone living on the street,” Green said. “He could get mugged. He could get sick.”

The arrangement began about five years ago, he said, and continued off and on until July 31. According to Green, Billy’s last name is Chamberlain; he took medication to stay calm and received disability-based government assistance.

Repoz Posted: September 06, 2011 at 02:44 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: September 06, 2011 at 04:48 PM (#3917776)
And all this time, I'd thought Billy was a Royals fan.

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