Maybe I shouldn’t write about this since the MLB lawyers have yet to crack down on me. Then again, why would they? I have a lawyer on retainer for a Snickers bar a year.
Let’s just say MLB has issued a cease and desist order against a Philly crew who made a Phanatic themed Flugtug for tomorrow’s Red Bull contest. The contraption had a Phillie Phanatic head and body on top.
An airborn Phanatic was sure to get the crowd going. Now, it’ll be a headless aircraft.
“We put our hearts and souls and, like, 400 man-hours into our Phanatic,” Julie Jones told the Daily News today.
They don’t have time to rebuild it and will have to just cut off the head.
“How about we cut the head off and call it, ‘The Philly Mascot That Major League Baseball Decided to Kill?’ “ team pilot Adam Denard said. “I’ve been going to Phillies games since I was a toddler, and the Phillie Phanatic was always a favorite,” Denard said. “The dude came up to the nosebleed seats on a 110-degree day and gave me a belly dance on my 10th birthday. That was the coolest thing ever.”
While we like Denard’s idea, we have a better one. Simply repaint the Phanatic’s head to look like Bud Selig. That should get the point across.
Seriously, people just can’t have fun anymore. This wasn’t going to hurt anyone and would have been a rallying cry as we head into another September playoff hunt. Way to go, MLB. Why don’t you worry about repairing your image from the Bonds and Clemens of the world and leave the Phanatic flying to us.