Since it's inception in 1978, the Phillie Phanatic has been as much a part of Philadelphia Phillies baseball as cheesesteak and red uniforms. The Galapagos Island native has always had a fun, unique way to entertain the crowd and for a few years the mascot itself was more entertaining than the horrible lineup Phillies ownership put on the field.
However, in today’s world there is always someone out there who’s unhappy about something and wants to try to ruin it for the rest of us. And that someone is Suzanne Peirce of Abington, Pennsylvania.
Peirce is suing the Phanatic for an incident that occurred in 2010 when the fuzzy, green, creature allegedly acted more like the Incredible Hulk than a harmless mascot and picked up the lounge chair she was sitting on and threw it into the pool of the Golden Inn Hotel and Resort in Avon, New Jersey. The allegations include: shock, a herniated disk, severe and permanent injury to her head, neck, back, body arms, legs, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and tissues.
These injuries caused her “physical pain, mental anguish and humiliation” and has required “large sums of money” to treat, as per the lawsuit filed Monday at the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia. Peirce is also suing the two men who are in charge of wearing the Phillie Phanatic costume, as it is unclear who was wearing it at the time of the incident.
Well at least she made sure she didn’t miss any body parts when filing her suit. You would think from the sound of it that the Phanatic was reenacting a scene from the Poseidon Adventure, not simply tossing her into a pool.
"The next day she really felt it and had a difficult time getting out bed," attorney Aaron Denker told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
But no, the Phanatic was just up to its usual antics. Over the years it has built up a reputation thanks to taunting fans, shooting hot dogs into the stands, skydiving into Veterans Stadium and it even fought Charlie Day in an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, though due to Major League Baseball’s license restrictions was referred to as the “Phernatic.”
The amount Peirce – a Phillies fan herself – is seeking has not been made public at this time.
That’s what the world has come to these days, people suing fictitious characters that are simply doing their job of entertaining the people around them. The Phillies have had a tough season and now even their mascot is in hot water – no pun intended.
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