Say it ain't so! Phillie Phanatic is getting a makeover
There's nothing more Philadelphia than the Phillie Phanatic. Not the Liberty Bell. Not cheesesteaks. Not Ben Franklin. Not Rocky. Nothing.
So it makes no sense that the Phillies are messing with perfection.
NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reports "word around Phillies spring training camp is that the Phanatic has made a few alterations himself. Fans will get a peek at the Big Green Guy's new look Sunday when the Phillies host the Pittsburgh Pirates at Spectrum Field."
Holy crap! What could they possibly want to change?
According to Salisbury, "the lovable ol' whatever-he-is is still green, still furry and still funny as all get-out ... But his shoes might be different. Socks, too. Some of his measurements may be different. (The result of some off-season work in the weight room, perhaps?)"
Salisbury says there will be some other "creative changes" as the Phanatic "evolves" and that "the changes to the Phanatic's look come as the team is embroiled in a lawsuit with Bonnie Erickson and Wayde Harrison, who were hired to design the original Phanatic costume back in the late-1970s."
Here's what we know about the pre-evolution Phanatic, based on his bio on the Phillies website (yes, the Phanatic has a bio).
- Height: 6 feet 6 inches
- Weight: 300 pounds (mostly fat)
- Waist: 90 inches
- Eyes: White eyeballs, black pupils, purple eyelashes and blue eyebrows
- Skin: Bright green fur
- Physical Attributes: Overweight, clumsy feet, extra long beak, extra-long curled up tongue, gawking neck and "slight" case of body odor
- Birthplace: Galapagos Islands
- Mom: Phoebe
- Best Friend: Phyllis
- Favorite Food: cheesesteaks, Soft pretzels, hoagies, scrapple and Tastykakes
- Favorite Movie: Rocky
- Favorite Song: "Motown Philly" (and "Take Me Out To The Ballgame, of course!)
- Greatest Moment: The parade down Broad Street after the Phillies won the 1980 and the 2008 World Series
- Hobbies: Eating, reading, sleeping, and cheering on the Phillies!
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