The Phillie Phanatic turns 35 and oh, what a 35 years it's been
In 1978, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound ("mostly fat") green creature made the arduous journey from the shores of the Galapagos Islands to the streets of Philadelphia. His mission? To be the best mascot in baseball history.
On Friday, the Phillies are celebrating 35 years with the Phillie Phanatic. So let's review some of the phamous moments from his phanatical career. Note: Tommy Lasorda does not send any birthday wishes ... ever.
1978: The Phanatic is first introduced to fans alongside former Phillies catcher Tim McCarver on local children's show "Captain Noah and his Magical Ark." The green giant hasn't aged a bit.
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1986: Every Philadelphian wants to be Rocky Balboa, including the Phillies' mascot (who actually appeared in the Rocky Balboa credits).
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1988: Tommy Lasorda and the Phillie Phanatic have been enemies for years. This is probably why:
2009: The furry monster welcomed a group of sea-faring nuns to the oceanside city of Philadelphia in a Simpsons' episode. If none of that makes sense, it's probably not supposed to:
2009: Grabbing Pat Listach's behind is only OK when Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" is playing:
2010: Derek Jeter knows someone used his razor but just can't figure out who in this Sportscenter commercial:
2011: Be one with the seal. The Phanatic sailed back to the Galapagos Islands to take some swimsuit calendar-ish photos during the offseason.
2012: The Phillie Phanatic speaks! Well, he did in this episode of 30 Rock -- telling the world he's an undersea king trying to save his daughter. Yep:
So here's to the Phillie Phanatic, who over the past 35 years has provided us with some truly incredible moments -- so much so that the Orlando Magic and Hiroshima Toyo Carp have based their mascots off his handsome musk. On his special day, fans showed their appreciation by signing a giant birthday card at the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Many happy returns, Phanatic, and leave no Tastykake un-tasted.
-- Matt Monagan / MLB.com