Sad news to report from the Wondrous World of Mascots, dear readers: the Phillie Phanatic (above, performing his ‘phantastic” Lady Gaga routine), who has delighted legions of fans for years with his madcap antics, had to be taken to the hospital after he was hit by a foul ball during a rare appearance at a Lehigh Valley IronPigs game on Wednesday night. The IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, was holding one of its “World Famous Phillie Phanatic Appearance” promotions on Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, when the Phanatic was wounded in the line of mascot duty. Sad.
A spokeswoman for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest told The Morning Call that Tom Burgoyne, the man inside the Philadelphia Phillies mascot’s costume, was treated in the emergency room Wednesday night and later released.
The Phanatic was entertaining behind the first-base dugout in the top of the third inning when a foul ball from the Indianapolis Indians hit his neck , the area around Burgoyne’s head. The Phanatic acted wounded but kept clowning for a while until he later left the stadium and went to the hospital.
Video (via The700Level) follows.
Impressive. Despite being injured to the point of requiring medical attention, the Phanatic, always the showman, soldiered on and continued to entertain the fans. That’s commitment, folks. Thank goodness that the man behind the madness, Tom Burgoyne, turned out to be okay. Because a world without the Phillie Phanatic is a sad, colorless one. Here’s to a speedy recovery.
Phillie Phanatic hit by foul ball in Allentown [philly.com]