April 12, 1993 |
"Pinch-hitting for Dave Raymond . . . Tom Burgoyne. " You won't hear this announcement at Veteran's Stadium, because Raymond - a/ k/a the Phillie Phanatic - is on the lineup card for all 81 home games. But the Phanatic is so popular that Raymond alone can't fulfill his Iron Man schedule, which calls for an additional 300 appearances a year outside the Vet. Enter Tom Burgoyne, backup Phanatic. "Any function where you want the Phanatic, that's where I go," says the cheerful Burgoyne, 27, a Mount Airy resident who works in the Phillies' marketing office.
March 1, 1994 |
It's 20 degrees and dropping and a northeast wind is blowing off hats and bending trees. A rough coat of ice grips the ground beneath three inches of new snow. It's a dark winter night in Reading. Tom Burgoyne, age 28, a 1988 Drexel graduate, is undressing in the back of a van outside the Sheridan-Berskhire hotel. He strips to his shorts and T- shirt, slips into a green, $15,000, six-piece, 35-pound costume, then bursts out the door onto the parking lot and waddles quickly to the hotel entrance - a clever, mischievous furry green creature that has become one of the best-loved mascots in all the sports world.
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.
June 13, 2012 |
HE'S BIG, GREEN and usually just a little goofy, but an Abington woman claims that the Phillie Phanatic turned into the Incredible Hulk at the Jersey Shore when he tossed her into a hotel pool. Suzanne Peirce claims that she was attending her sister's wedding at the Golden Inn in Avalon on July 17, 2010, and was poolside with the Phanatic, who was "engaging in various antics" during a comic routine, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Common Pleas Court and first reported by Courthouse News Service.
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!
August 10, 1995 |
Here's exactly how badly things are going for the Phillies these days: Centerfielder Andy Van Slyke found himself in the middle of a controversy after being involved in an incident . . . With Bert from "Sesame Street. " Here's what happened: As part of pregame ceremonies Tuesday, characters representing Ernie and Bert from Sesame Place in Langhorne cavorted on the field. Van Slyke was signing autographs when Bert approached. What happened next depends on whom you listen to. Van Slyke said he thought Tom Burgoyne, the Phillie Phanatic, was inside the costume.
August 4, 2011
WHAT'S Philadelphia's best beer? The guys on 610 WIP Sportsradio's Midday Show will declare their pick tonight in the finals of their summertime Beer Brawl. Over the past several weeks, hosts Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow have been chatting with area brewers and sampling their beers in a rigorous attempt to declare a champ. They've narrowed their choice to nine beers in three categories that they'll focus on at Chickie's and Pete's (1526 Packer Ave.) from 7 to 10 tonight. The live broadcast will feature a careful taste test by a panel of celebrity judges, including Joe Sixpack, chef Georges Perrier, former Temple coach John Chaney, Comcast's Leslie Gudel, ex-Phillie Ricky Bottalico, ex-Eagle Ike Reese and Tom Burgoyne, who was last seen hanging out with the Phillie Phanatic.
September 26, 2011
WE ALREADY KNOW there's nothing she can't do - host, mother, act, dance, sing (kinda), toss food miraculously into the right spots in her Electrolux kitchen - so we're hoping Stratford, N.J.-native and Eastern High School grad Kelly Ripa takes a breather on her birthday off-air on Sunday. Regis' TV better half will turn 41 but doesn't look a day over 24. If you remember her teenage days on "Dancin' On Air," you might agree that she's way hotter now. The skies say the year ahead will reveal a whole new role for her (not at all surprising, we suppose)
July 7, 2011 |
With his Lugz work boots and T-shirt with the sleeves cut off, Mitch Williams looked like a construction guy. Turns out he is. "My father taught me, you never pay someone to do something you can do yourself," the legendary Phillies closer said. Hard to believe, but one of the living symbols of Philadelphia sports history was only a small part of the package when cable's DIY channel came to town to shoot an episode of House Crashers that will be seen in the fall. As crazy construction and reality television swirled all around last week, Wild Thing was anything but. He lent a hand wherever needed, working to transform part of the home of Johnny McDonald, whom the show had decided was one of the world's biggest Phillies fans, into the ultimate baseball spectator environment.
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.