Everyone’s favorite Phillie Phanatic is finally on Twitter
UPDATE: Turns out this is a fake account that fooled a lot of Phillies fans and media members.
After seeing the success of Gritty on social media the Phillies have finally joined the 21st century and put the Phillie Phanatic on Twitter.
Here’s the first official tweet from the Phanatic:
His bio reads “Mascot of the @Phillies Major League Baseball team. Originally from the Galápagos Islands and the Phillies’ biggest fan.”
In less than 24 hours the page has less than 1,300 followers, so the Phanatic still has a ways to go until he catches Gritty.
Despite being the oldest mascot in Philadelphia sports the Phanatic was one of the last to have an official Twitter account. He joins Gritty, Franklin, and Wingston of the newly minted lacrosse team.
The Eagles mascot Swoop still doesn’t have a Twitter account, but he also doesn’t have fingers, so that might be an issue.
Coincidentally the Phanatic also followed Mr. Met…
Athletes the Phillie Phanatic follows includes most of the current Phils, members of the 2008 team, Mike Trout, Carson Wentz, Allen Iverson, Joel Embiid, and Fletcher Cox.
The first account the Phanatic followed? It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, of course.
The Phanatic also follows most of the local attractions, media members, and one other site that covers the Phillies, but not us… yet.
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It’ll be hard for the Phanatic to match the success of Gritty on social media after the Flyers mascot’s debut went viral. One of the greatest mascots ever created and a model for those who followed, the Phanatic will certainly get some love on social media.
The Phillies social media department underwent an obvious facelift in recent years and their account has been much more entertaining over the last two seasons.
They’ve used the Phanatic through GIFS and videos, but him having his own account should clear some clutter on their own page.
The Phanatic’s account will just be another outlet for the team to entertain fans online and draw attention nationally.
We still want that follow though…