May 2, 2016
John Brazer expected to get a good job when he left the University of Virginia, but he never expected he'd one day be the world's happiest 50-year-old guy in a tie. Brazer goes to a park every day. He hobnobs with celebrities. He vacations with a mascot. His business card actually says "Director of Fun and Games. " His job for the last 23 years has been to promote the Phillies brand . . . essentially however he sees fit. In 1993, Brazer was working for a consulting company but recently had returned from a stint in Manchester, England, where he coached and played lacrosse for a club team.
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 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 |
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.
May 3, 2012 |
Broad Street Billy, who bleeds red pinstripes like all Fightin's die-hards, felt as if he got smacked in the head by a foul ball when he read that Mr. Met beat out the Phillie Phanatic in a national popularity poll. A company called the Marketing Arm just announced that the 1,000 people polled nationally in its Celebrity Davie Brown Index were more aware of Mr. Met than the Phillie Phanatic, and found Mr. Met more likable. "That's blasphemy!" said Francis Winkey, Aramark merchandise manager at Citizens Bank Park, where the wildly popular Phanatic has two stores of his own stuff — the Phanatic Attic and All Things Phanatic.
January 30, 2012 |
TOM BURGOYNE, the Phillie Phanatic's best friend, says the Phanatic didn't know his "30 Rock" episode was airing last Thursday until "The Phanatic got a text from Swoop. " The Phanatic and the Eagles' mascot are buds. Burgoyne said he and the Phanatic spent about 5 hours in October shooting the scene in which Alec Baldwin 's character Jack Donaghy gets the Phanatic, TastyKake, soft pretzels and other Philly staples to impress a visiting Kabletown (Comcast) executive.
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)
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.
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 24, 2011
IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, you've watched the Phanatic dancing atop the home dugout thousands of times and wondered, "How does he not get hit in the head with a foul ball?" Wonder no more. Wednesday night, the Phanatic took his act on the road to Allentown, entertaining the IronPigs fans in Coca-Cola Park. In the top of third inning, with one of the Indianapolis Indians at the plate and the Phanatic standing atop the dugout on the first-base side, bop , the Phanatic was struck in the neck by a foul ball.