Do you think this dog dressed up as the Phillie Phanatic knows it's actually in a bird costume?
Once you see things that completely rattle you to your core and leave you shaken, broken with a sudden realization that re-frames everything you think you thought you knew, nothing's ever the same again.
Just last week, a stark revelation made waves among the baseball community when we all learned that the Phillie Phanatic, one of baseball's most loved mascots and, really, a charter member of the All-Time Mascot Hall of Fame, is a bird.
Yep. This thing with no wings, that doesn't fly and doesn't have a beak, is somehow supposed to be a bird.
Look, I don't make the rules. I'm just as confused as you are.
Also confused, I assume, is this Very Good Dog that found itself at Citizens Bank Park on Friday for the Phillies' Bark at the Park Night. Dressed up as the Phillie Phanatic in a pretty sweet homemade costume, this pup deserved to win a costume contest:
After seeing this footage of a very stylish lil' doggo at the ballpark, I have questions. Does this dog know the controversy surrounding the Phanatic's supposed origins as a bird?
If so, does the dog have an opinion either way? And, most crucially, does this dog know it's technically dressed up as a bird?
These are the things I think about. This dog probably doesn't, though. It was just ready for more treats.
And, having the patience to wear that frilly, colorful costume out in public and away from the sanctity of the living room couch? I hope this night ended in a shower of treats and kisses.
Adrian Garro joined MLB.com in 2016. Throughout his travels, both Bartolo Colon and Vin Scully have placed their hands on his shoulders. Not at the same time, though. That'd be amazing.