September 23, 2014 |
Head-consuming smooches. "Whammy Hand" curses. And the no-shame-in-this-90-inch-waistline "Belly Womp. " Could they be elements of a successful business strategy? Yes! says the man who has spent 26 years performing them all from inside a green, furry, 6-foot-6, 35-pound costume featuring a giant snout, bulging eyes, and oversize sneakers. The Phillie Phanatic is a mascot with enduring popularity - even when the baseball team he so enthusiastically cheers isn't doing much to warrant it. Imagine translating that magic to the business world, where the return could be unwavering customer loyalty.
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.
June 3, 2014 |
PAUL ISENBERG is no Cole Hamels. Thankfully, he's no 50 Cent either. Isenberg, the co-founder of the charity Bringing Hope Home, threw a lazer of a ceremonial first pitch to the Phanatic at yesterday's Phillies-Mets game at Citizens Bank Park. Before the game, he said he felt no pressure. "I'm not nervous," said the 49-year-old Isenberg, who played 4 years of football at West Chester University. "I was thinking, 'When will I ever get this opportunity again?' " Well, after yesterday's striking performance he may be asked to return next week.
March 31, 2013
We have surveyed what's new and exclusive to the Citizens Bank Park Majestic Clubhouse Store this season. And we can assure you of this: The "Hug-A-Phanatic" plush ($29.99) will be the runaway hit in the Daddy I Need That category. It's big. It's plush. It's the Phanatic. And beyond that, it's interactive. A child puts her hands into the Phanatic's own fuzzy green paws, and whenever she claps he claps. Genius. Our own SportsWeek mascot Jessica Berkery (left in photo), got the hang of it in, oh, a second and was last seen leaving the Daily News premises with the Hug-A-Phanatic glued to her person.
March 12, 2013 |
Twice a season, the Phillies offer women an intensive daylong course in being a more knowledgeable baseball fan. Tickets go on sale by phone at 9 a.m. Tuesday to this season's first Baseball 101 Clinic & Luncheon for Women, which will be held May 30. Guess it's too long to include everything in the title, because then it would be: "Baseball 101 Clinic & Luncheon & Pre-Game Party & Red Sox Game. " It starts with coaches covering the basics about how to play. "We went in the batting cages.
October 8, 2012
There's a new dangle hat in town. First came the Phanatic. Now Swoop. The Eagles mascot has landed on the heads of fans at the Linc, where it sells for $24.99 at kiosks and the Eagles Pro Shop. Daily News street fashion photographer Reuben "Big Rube" Harley asked local celebs to rock the rookery look for us. Vote for who wore it best at philly.com/swoophat.
August 21, 2012 |
A typical crowd at Citizens Bank Park is so saturated with team merchandise that it sometimes looks as if a red-and-white flavored scene has been staged for a Phillies commercial. The ballpark's parking lots, where Phillies flags flutter like the banners of a great army, are filled with cars bearing team decals, license-plate frames, antenna pennants. Thousands of fans who emerge from those vehicles are wearing team jerseys or T-shirts, and many are additionally equipped with club-related products from their tops (the familiar red hats or the newest sensations, Phanatic dangle caps)
July 1, 2012 |
Winter is coming: That ominous theme pervades HBO's medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones. Winter is when the usurpers invade. It is a season of privation and suffering, when faith and loyalty are tested. Nobody knows when winter will arrive or how long it will last, but everyone knows it will be miserable. Like the Sword of Damocles, winter also hangs over the Phillies. The thread holding it has weakened with each troubling addition to the disabled list. Barbarians from Atlanta, Washington, Miami, and New York have girded for war to break the team's hold on the division crown.
June 14, 2012 |
A Montgomery County woman has sued the Phillie Phanatic, alleging a slew of injuries as a result of the mascot's tossing her into a swimming pool at a Jersey Shore hotel in 2010. The suit, filed last week in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia, says that Suzanne M. Peirce of Abington was seated in a lounge chair at the Golden Inn Hotel & Resort in Avalon when the Phanatic, who was performing, "picked up her chair and threw plaintiff and her chair into the pool. " As a result of the incident, the suit says, "plaintiff suffered severe and permanent injuries to her head, neck, back, arms and legs, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and tissues of her head, neck, back, arms and legs, including, but not limited to, a herniated L5-S1 disc, aggravation and/or exacerbation of all known and unknown preexisting medical conditions, internal injuries of an unknown nature, severe aches, pains, mental anxiety and anguish, and a severe shock to her entire nervous system and other injuries, the full extent of which is not yet known.
June 13, 2012
THIS ISN'T the first time the Phanatic's been accused of being too fanatical. In 2010 the Daily News found he'd been sued at least three other times in the previous decade, once for hugging someone too hard. One woman attending a Reading Phillies game with her church group claimed he sat on her legs, making her arthritis act up and leading to a knee replacement, a lawsuit alleged. The resolutions of the lawsuits could not be determined Tuesday. Nor is he the only mascot sued.