As a diehard (and these days, somewhat depressed) Phillies fan, this bit of news was especially weird to me. Seems the Phillie Phanatic has found himself in hot water. He’s being sued.
Even if you don’t follow baseball, you are probably familiar with the Phillie Phanatic. He (it?) is a giant, overstuffed “thing” that has been entertaining crowds for decades. Over the years, the Phanatic has done such wacky things as crush opposing team’s batting helmets, shooting hot dogs into the stands while riding an ATV, and even stomped on a dummy wearing a Tommy Lasorda jersey back when Lasorda was managing the Dodgers (an act made famous when Lasorda ran onto the field and physically assaulted the Phanatic). On top of all this, the Phanatic has continually been at the top of “Best Mascot” polls for years. In other words, people know who the Phanatic is and what he is known for doing.
That’s why, at least for me, I find it so surprising that this woman wasn’t expecting mayhem to ensue when, back in 2010, he crashed an outdoor wedding she was attending. Let me be clear here: I’m not saying it didn’t happen and the woman didn’t get seriously injured. It’s just that I think suing the Phillie Phanatic for getting all wacky at a wedding is kind of like calling out for the Kool-Aid Man and then suing him afterwards to repair the fence.