Chicago had the cows. Baltimore had crabs. In Philadelphia, a sports town through and through, we had the Phanatics. Large statues of the Philadelphia Phillies mascot, the Philly Phanatic. You may be wondering what is a Philly Phanatic? The Phanatic is a 6’6″ 300 pound immigrant from the Galapagos Islands, who moved to Philadelphia and now cheers on the Fightin’ Phils. He attends all home games, encourages children to read, and has a grand ole time dancing on the dugout. And I must say (with no bias whatsoever), he is the best mascot in all of sports.
This summer, artists from around the Delaware Valley painted statues of the Philly Phanatic which were displayed in Philadelphia and auctioned off during the month of September to support the Phillies Charities Grant Fund. Prior to the Phanatics going off to their new homes, they came back to Citizens Bank Park one last time. While attending the Sunday, September 26th game, I grabbed a few shots of them. I have to say, the artists tagged to design and create these Phanatics were creative!