August 6, 2015 |
YOU KNOW your team has entered a newer, darker stage of its rebuilding process when, in the midst of a season destined to end with 100 losses or more, the mascot falls to the ground in distress. Before the game. But that's what happened last night in South Philly, when one of the greatest athletes in the city's history returned to play his former team while wearing a different uniform for the first time. Jimmy Rollins, the former National League MVP, franchise hit king, and World Series champ, arrived at Citizens Bank Park with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
October 29, 2014 |
BILLY EDWARDS, who spent 15 years entertaining tourists as a costumed Colonial mischief-maker in the city's historic district, has been battling pancreatic cancer since July. So a bunch of his closest friends - including Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross and the Phillie Phanatic - will host a "Philly Helps Billy" fundraiser for the 47-year-old tonight at Franklin Square, on Race Street near 6th. The $25 cash-only admission - all of which goes to Edwards for cancer treatments - includes 18-hole Spooky Mini-Golf, carousel rides and refreshments.
October 15, 2014 |
WHEN Democratic National Committee members arrived in Philly this summer to scout the city's potential for the 2016 nominating convention, they were greeted by a Who's Who of local muckety-mucks including Mayor Nutter and former mayor and governor Ed Rendell. Among the business suits and power ties (and, OK, the Phillie Phanatic) was a middle-aged guy in a gray sweatshirt, well-worn fedora, leather jacket and fingerless gloves. His left eye - red and rimmed with small butterfly bandages - seemed to have suffered a recent trauma.
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.
September 14, 2014 |
Philadelphia lawyer Jimmy Binns took in the scene before him Friday - cops on motorcycles, cops on horses, firefighters on a truck, and even the Phillie Phanatic, all shutting down Market Street - and he remembered when the Hero Thrill Show was in need of a rescue. "I took over in 2006, when it had gone out of business," Binns said of the annual fund-raiser he heads. "They had virtually no people attending. They had about 200 people attend. Last year, we had 55,000. This is my ninth year, and I'm putting 17 children through college.
August 22, 2014 |
"I LOVE THIS CROWD," Mayor Nutter said. The mayor was almost lost in the throng of at least 300 delirious Taney Dragons fans crowding bleachers set up in the City Hall courtyard to watch the game yesterday against Las Vegas on four TV screens. Dressed down and wearing a Taney Dragons baseball cap, Nutter was as enthusiastic as everyone else, hanging on every pitch, cheering every deft move by their heroes and booing every bad call. "We're seeing some great baseball," the mayor said, "excellent defense.
April 23, 2013 |
CONGRATULATIONS to Alison Young , who won the fifth annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars on Sunday night at the Crystal Tea Room. Young, the vice president of External Affairs for the National Constitution Center, danced the foxtrot with Paul Samuelnas from the Studio on Take the Lead on Pine. Young was clad in floor-length pink spandex, covered in rhinetstones. She had no dance experience before. Q102 DJ Maxwell came in second with the waltz, while Fox29's Kacie McDonnell came in third with the tango.
March 10, 2013 |
The Phillies have filled the stadium the past few years with things like home runs, stellar pitching performances and playoff wins. It's easy to forget it wasn't always so. The 40,016 in attendance at Kevin Millwood's 2003 no-hitter were really there for the Phanatic's birthday party. The team is better now, but it's still worth checking the promotional-giveaway schedule before you pay $100 in the preseason for a 200-level seat at an August game. Worst case scenario, you go home with a knicknack for yourself or your kid. To help you get the most bang for the buck, the Daily News has developed an innovative new statistic for the modern-thinking baseball fan. Using Giveaway Wins Above Replacement, or GWAR, you can figure out how to get the best swag for your game-going buck.
January 7, 2013 |
If you made a New Year's resolution to run a 5k, and you're a Phillies fan, your hometown baseball team has a race for you to consider: the Phillies Charities 5k, which will be run March 23. Registration opens Monday at 9 a.m. at Phillies.com. The race is expected to sell out within 24 hours, so be quick to get to your browser. "We knew they were there," Mary Ann Moyer said of running Phillies fans. She's manager of marketing initiatives for the Phillies and had kicked around the idea of holding a 5k for years.
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.