The Phillie Phanatic
"The Phanatic is, and always has been, wholesome fun for fans of all ages. His success, like baseball itself, has withstood the test of time!"
- Chris Berman, ESPN
"From the top of his neon-green head to the tip of his bubble-toed size 20 shoes, the Phillie Phanatic is every inch the best mascot in the business. He's as much Philadelphia as cheesesteaks, the Liberty Bell, and Rocky Balboa. Yo, Adrian, I love dat green guy!"
- USA Today
"Baseball's best mascot."
- Tim McCarver, TV analyst
The Phanatic makes his debut
April 25, 1978
Jimmy Carter was president, gas prices were at an all time high, and disco music ruled the land. In Philadelphia, the experience of watching a professional baseball game was being forever altered. A feathery, green creature from the Galapagos Islands was making his Major League debut: the Phillie Phanatic!
From his first pratfall and shake of his bountiful belly, the Phanatic (named after Philadelphia's fanatical fans), was deemed an instant success and has been a fun part of Phillies baseball ever since.
At the game, you can't help but notice the ever-present Phanatic.
Riding around on his all-terrain vehicle before the game, the Phanatic is at his mischievous best, mixing it up with opposing players and coaches, trying to knock them off their game to give the home team any advantage. In the crowd - watch out! - the Phanatic may clumsily spill a tub of popcorn, steal your girlfriend, buff a bald head or just sit down and watch the game with you - from your lap! Hungry? Well, put on your glove because the Phanatic likes to shoot cooked hot dogs into the crowd with his four foot long Hot Dog Launcher, mustard and relish included. And be on the lookout because the green guy is always searching for a worthy dance partner. Philadelphia's own Phred Astaire has danced with reluctant umpires and frazzled third base coaches as well as TV stars, Hollywood celebrities, politicians, sports legends, and most of all, fans like you.
Now the dean of all professional sports mascots, the Phanatic has entertained millions of fans all over the world. He has traveled to Japan, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. He has made national TV appearances on the "Today" show, "Good Morning America,"
"The Regis and Kathy Lee Show," and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." An ESPN Sports Center fixture, the Phanatic has also starred in that network's as well as Fox Network commercials.
The Phanatic has supported numerous local and national charities over the years and has brought smiles to the faces of children and adults who need it most. Whether he is giving his signature "smooch" to a sick child in the hospital or flopping to the turf after a kiss from a third base coach, the Phanatic's antics are guaranteed to brighten your day.
6 feet 6 inches
300 pounds (mostly fat)
White eyeballs, black pupils, purple eyelashes and blue eyebrows
Bright green fur
Overweight, clumsy feet, extra long beak, extra-long curled up tongue, gawking neck and "slight" case of body odor
cheesesteaks, Soft pretzels, hoagies, scrapple and Tastykakes
"Motown Philly" (and "Take Me Out To The Ballgame, of course!)
The parade down Broad Street after the Phillies won the 1980 World Series
Eating, reading, sleeping, and cheering on the Phillies!