CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have unveiled a new look for their popular Phanatic mascot.
The revamped Phanatic that showed up Sunday at the team's spring training home opener in Florida includes flightless feathers rather than fur-colored arms, stars outlining the eyes, a larger posterior and a powder blue tail, plus scales under the arms and different shoes and socks.
The makeover comes amid the team's legal fight with the mascot's creators. But the club says you shouldn't expect the Phanatic's prankster attitude to go anywhere.
"He’s still the same old Phanatic, just with a little more sashay in him," Tom Burgoyne, the man behind the mascot, told The Philadelphia Inquirer.