It felt like degrees inside the costume. But it doesn't matter how much the city or its occupants rub you the wrong way, there's no denying that he Phillie Phanatic is one of the best mascots in all of sports. Think again!
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As we stepped through the rear gate into Veterans Stadium, I realized just how hot the fuzzy orange outfit was going to be and how little peripheral vision the eye hole under my beak was going to provide. My pregame visions of somersaults along the sidelines, crowd surfing across the student section and end zone celebrations with the players quickly faded.