See New / Former Phillie Phanatic After Mascot Costume Set – NBC10 Philadelphia


What there is to know

  • The Phillie Phanatic begins to look like the Phanatic again.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies and Harrison / Erickson, the New York-based company that created the Phanatic, reached a deal this week that allows the more familiar version to return in 2022 to Citizens Bank Park.
  • “We welcome the return of the original Phillie Phanatic with open arms,” ​​said Phillies executive vice president David Buck.

Fire up the hot dog cannon – the Phillie Phanatic is back in Philadelphia.

Not that much of the mascot – as big as in that green, hairy, bulbous belly – has ever really been anywhere. But a legal dispute between the Philadelphia Phillies and the mascot creator has forced the team to give the Galapagos Islands’ most beloved baseball player a makeover.

But the Phillies and Harrison / Erickson, the New York-based company that created the Phanatic, reached a deal this week that saw the more familiar version return in 2022 to Citizens Bank Park.

“We welcome the return of the original Phillie Phanatic with open arms,” ​​Phillies executive vice president David Buck said Tuesday. “We’re so proud of the Phanatic’s 44-year history and what the character means to the organization, to the city of Philadelphia and to Phillies fans around the world. Our goal throughout this process was to find an amicable solution that ensures that the Phanatic can continue to entertain future generations of fans. “

The Phanatic, which has yet to comment since its debut, released a statement on Tuesday echoing Michael Jordan‘s return in the 1990s to the Chicago Bulls.

“I’m back,” he said.

The Phanatic posted a video on Instagram on Wednesday morning showing the broken door of the new / old look:

Also on Wednesday morning, the new / old Phanatic stepped out for a first look at a tree planting event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.


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The old / new Phillie Phanatic

In a statement released Tuesday, Bonnie Erickson and Wayde Harrison said, “Since we created the Phanatic in 1978, Philadelphia has been her home.”

“We’re excited to see the original Phanatic return to where it should be in Philadelphia for Phillies fans,” they said.

The Phillies unveiled the green mascot redesign in February 2020, a new look featuring flightless feathers rather than furry-colored arms, stars outlining the eyes, a wider butt and powder blue tail, blue socks with red shoes, plus a set of scales under the arms.

The Phillies sued Harrison / Erickson, the New York-based company that created the Phanatic, in August 2019 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The team alleged that Harrison / Erickson threatened to terminate the Phillies’ rights to the Phanatic and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated their 1984 agreement to acquire the rights to the mascot.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.


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