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  • (organ music)

  • - [Voiceover] The green fur, the gyrating belly,

  • the party horn nose. This is Phillie Phanatic,

  • mascot for the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • The Phillies' mascot is maybe the wackiest of them all,

  • at least in the MLB, but it wasn't always that way.

  • In the 1970s, the Phillies had Philadelphia Phil

  • and Philadelphia Phillis, a pair of mascots

  • straight out of the 18th century,

  • and they were, well, boring.

  • (record scratching) So the Phillies pivoted.

  • They commissioned Bonnie and Wayde,

  • two Muppet makers who had worked alongside

  • puppet mastermind Jim Henson.

  • The Phillies decided to create a family-friendly,

  • attention-grabbing mascot, and on April 25, 1978

  • the Phillie Phanatic made his triumphant debut.

  • All six feet of green fur made its way out onto the field

  • to roaring applause.

  • (crowd cheering)

  • 38 years later, the big, green, ATV riding,

  • Super Soaker wielding Phanatic

  • is still making the crowds go wild.

  • (clapping and cheering)

  • So all you Phillies fans,

  • give it up for the Phillie Phanatic.

  • (exciting drum music)

(organ music)

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