April 11, 1993 |
There was more than a ball game at the Vet on Friday. In addition to cheering Darren Daulton's two homers, fans at the home opener took in the landing of Navy sky divers and a belly-flopping Phanatic, a couple of brawls, and banners critical of Eagles owner Norman Braman. And, of course, they booed - starting with the pregame introductions.
April 20, 2011
THE PHILLIES have another ace in their lineup. Forbes magazine has rated the Phanatic the most popular mascot in sports. The green whatchamacallit supplanted the Chicken for this year's top spot. The Phanatic, No. 2 last year, was selected in a survey conducted by the Marketing Arm's Davie Brown Index, which according to Forbes, "measured pro sports mascots on four key attributes: awareness, appeal, entertainment value and team identification [the degree to which consumers are able to associate a mascot with the team it represents]
October 26, 2008 |
Only Eric Darrenkamp came to Citizens Bank Park last night entirely dressed for the occasion - wearing his inflatable duck inner-tube over his swim trunks, snorkel mask and official Phillies fishing hat. He had no shirt, and no worries as he booed the Tampa Bay Rays during pregame introductions. "Whatever you do, don't run on the field," Sandy Muir, the hostess in charge of Section 138, told the 23-year-old when he first showed up. As Darrenkamp booed the Rays, a middle-aged man wearing a Ryan Howard jersey tapped him on the shoulder so he could move by, not giving the inflatable raft or the snorkel mask a second look.
June 24, 2011 |
The Phanatic, ever the trouper, will back in action at Citizens Bank Park this evening as the Phils take on Oakland at 7:05. "He's going to play hurt," club spokesman Scott Palmer said. On Wednesday, a foul ball caught the big green furball in the throat - and sent Tom Burgoyne inside off to a hospital with a lump over the eye and a slight concussion. It happened at the Iron Pigs game in Allentown, with the ever-dangerous John Mayberry Jr. at the plate. Let's go to the highlight reel: The mascot was planted in empty seats a couple of rows behind the first base dugout when the play-by-play announcer yells "Watch out, Phanatic!
February 10, 2004 |
It's true. It's been confirmed. It's gone. The Phillies' mascot has lost his head. Or somebody has taken it. Nobody seems to know. The Phillie Phanatic's head disappeared Friday from the Wachovia Center some time during the team's "Final Pieces" charity sale and auction of mementos from Veterans Stadium. Tom Burgoyne, the man behind the mask, took off his costume during a break, then realized that his head - well, the Phanatic's head - was gone when he returned to his unlocked dressing room.
September 25, 2008 |
A Philadelphia Police Department bomb squad detonated three suspicious packages at Citizens Bank Park yesterday afternoon at 5, according to Phillies vice president Michael Stiles. After the detonation, the area was given the all-clear and last night's Phillies-Braves game went on as scheduled at 7:05. Police said the packages simply contained hot dogs. "It appears they're the same hot dogs the Phanatic uses to shoot into the crowd," one investigator said. It was unclear how, exactly, the packages ended up outside the stadium.
August 1, 1997 |
He took the field and fans seemed to think their half-eaten hot dogs looked more interesting. Announcers tried to bolster fan response by announcing his arrival, and a few weak claps were heard. And so began another evening with the Phanatic, that mischievous, monotonous mascot. While kids adored his Sesame Street aura, adults seemed to care less about the legendary mascot's antics during last night's Phillies-St. Louis Cardinals game. The Phanatic, who emerged at 7:15 on his scooter to round the bases for another sparsely attended game, immediately got down to business, upstaging city drill teams during their big moment in the spotlight.
May 31, 1996 |
A historical marker is dedicated at Simon Gratz High School to honor Dodger great Roy Campanella. What? The Phanatic a Dodgers fan? The Phanatic yesterday helped Garrett Bagley, dean of students, with the unveiling. Campanella, after all, was a Philadelphia native. He got his first taste of stardom at Simon Gratz.
June 12, 2014 |
GAME'S OVER. Phils win (humor us). Players high-five on the field, head to the dugout. On their way, they pass photographers, reporters, Gregg Murphy and a tall blonde in a smart black dress. Come again? If you've watched even only a handful of the Phillies' 300-ish wins at the Bank the past seven seasons, you probably noticed her. How could you not? Nearly 6 feet tall, with a no-hair-outta-place bob, black-frame glasses and on-point style, the team's communications VP, Bonnie Clark, stands out as a polished, professional anomaly among sweaty players in dirty uniforms and golf-shirted broadcasters.
August 8, 2010 |
There are now two degrees of separation between Oprah Winfrey and South Jersey comedian Dena Blizzard . Blizzard, a frequent contributor to NBC10 (and Miss New Jersey 1995), started work Thursday as the audience warm-up act for the new Nate Berkus show in New York. Berkus, the decor guru from the Oprah stable, launches his syndicated daily program Sept. 13. It will air locally at 2 p.m. on NBC10. The show's general theme aims at organizing a mom's life, something that Blizzard, 37, can relate to as she'll juggle the three-day shooting schedule with her home life: kids Dean , 10, Jacqueline , 8, and Brooke , 6, and husband Jim . Lately, Blizzard has been sitting beside Dennis Malloy , filling in on Trenton's WKXW-FM (101.