Something about that suit

Posted: June 30, 2010

The Phillie Phanatic was successfully sued at least three times between 1995 and 1998, and the Phillies were ordered to pay the plaintiffs a total of more than $2.65 million.

* In 1995, Carl G. Seidel, then 72, won $128,000 in a civil-court jury trial against the Phanatic because the mascot had knocked him down at a church carnival in 1991.

Seidel claimed that the Phanatic, who was played by a substitute on the day in question, had charged at him, put his arms around him and knocked him to the ground.

According to Daily News reports from the time, it was the first time that the Phanatic had been sued. Seidel, who had sought at least $525,000, was not happy with the amount the jury awarded him.

* Felicia Glick, of Harrisonburg, Va., claimed that she was hurt by the Phanatic in 1993 while she was five months pregnant when he accidentally kicked her in the back and shoved her head while performing.

Three years later, Glick, then 33, was awarded just $25,000 of the $1 million in damages she was seeking from a civil-court jury.

The headline on the Daily News story that ran the following day read 'Finally, a win for the Phillies.'

* In what may be the most expensive hug ever, the Phillies were ordered to pay $2.5 million to Charles Donoghue, who claimed he was injured when the Phanatic planted an unsuspecting bear hug on him at the grand opening of a paint store in 1994.

The award came four years later when Donoghue, then 39, was able to convince jurors that he was so surprised when the hug came from behind him while he was seated that he ruptured a disc trying to get away.

- Stephanie Farr

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