While the Phillies were in St. Louis last night daring the Cardinals to score a run, the Phillie Phanatic took a trip up the PA Turnpike so he could entertain those baseball lovin’ folks at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs game. Everything was going great — he was in the stands gyrating his hips, sticking his party favor tongue out at children, and spilling popcorn on people — and then all of a sudden, BOOM. He gets whacked in the neck with a foul ball off the bat of an Indianapolis Indians player.
The Associated Press was all over the story (via Daily News):
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Phillie Phanatic was taken to the hospital after being struck by a foul ball at an IronPigs baseball game at Coca-Cola Park here.
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.
Whoa, wait a second — there’s a man inside the Phanatic?
YOU MEAN THE PHANATIC ISN’T REAL???
*runs away sobbing*
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