All is well in the life of the mascot from the Galapagos Islands once again. The Philadelphia Phillies and Harrison-Erickson, the original creators of the Phillie Phanatic, have been fighting the courts for the past few seasons, resulting in a new version of the Phillie Phanatic. After the judge’s verdict and settlement, it looks like the more familiar Phillie Phanatic will return to the Citizens Bank park.
Matt Breen of Inqurier Report that the Phillies will freely revert to the original version of their furry friend:
The old Phillie Phanatic will soon become the new Phillie Phanatic as Phillie will be allowed to reuse the original version of their famous mascot after completing the settlement of the lawsuit on Monday.
A former judge was ruled that the newer version of Phanatic, created for the 2020 season, can be used by the Phillies, while Harrison-Erickson retains the rights to the original.
That won’t really work.
So it looks like the two sides have come together. That should make it possible for the Phillies to undo some of the changes that were made to the Phanatic skin.
Some notable changes include some lighter blue feathers on the tail and above the eyes, stars behind the Phanatic eyes, and more pronounced wings, among others. While the changes make the crowd mostly feel like it’s Phanatic, loyal Phillies fans will certainly notice the difference.
Is there some improvement on the change that Phillies wants to keep? That is also possible. But the original version will be reported for free with Clearwater along with pitchers and catchers in Feburary.
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