Phillie Phanatic and other mascots continue to have fun, even without fans in ballparks

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The Phillie Phanatic sits in an empty stadium as fans are watching games from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo credit: Miles Kennedy/Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillie Phanatic is a bright green mascot for the Philadelphia Phillies. But now fans are not coming in-person to baseball games. How does the Phanatic amp up people who are watching from home? KCRW asks Tom Burgoyne, whose official job title is “best friend of the Phillie Phanatic.” He’s been donning bright green fur, red pinstripes, and stirrups since 1989.

“He [the Phanatic] is representing all the fans. He’s the only live fan allowed in the ballpark. So he really feels a responsibility to represent. He’s out there, he’s cheering, he’s clapping, he’s still dancing. He’s trying to have some fun with the umpires from a distance, not from the field, but from the stands. He’s still doing his thing. He just misses the fans an awful lot,” says Burgoyne.



Credits

Guest:
Tom Burgoyne - “best friend of the Phillie Phanatic” since 1989

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin