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The Phillie Phanatic vs. The Famous Chicken ... who ya got?

Beatles or The Stones? The Godfather or Citizen Kane? The Sopranos or The Wire? Some debates will echo in the cavern of the human psyche for eons to come.

When the Padres recently rolled into Philadelphia for a three-game stint with the Phillies, San Diego manager Bud Black decided to weigh in on one of baseball's timeless arguments: who has the best mascot in sports?

Black went the homer route, trumpeting the accomplishments of the San Diego Chicken over the antics of the Phillie Phanatic. Then, the Padres broadcast team did their part by passing the sentiment along to the Phanatic himself.

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We figured Black's testimony was an excuse to stop arguing about whether or not it's OK to bring your glove to the game (it's not) long enough to yell at each other about who has the best mascot in baseball. And, for those of you who aren't quite ready to hop a plane to Vegas and lay all your money down on any one contender, we went ahead and drew up a handy Tale of the Tape graphic so you'd know what kind of shape these creatures are in: