3 fun ways Philadelphia Phillies can reintroduce original Phanatic mascot

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The Phillie Phanatic looks on in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports) /

1. The 2020-21 Phanatic was really Phred — the original Phanatic’s cousin.

This first scenario is courtesy of Twitter user @Phixated, and it all involves the Phanatic’s rarely seen cousin — Phred — or has he been at Phillies games all along the past two seasons after all?

Phred debuted as a baby on April 30, 2000, a surprise to the Phanatic during his annual birthday celebration before the Phillies took on the St. Louis Cardinals at Veterans Stadium (the game would be an eventual 4-3 loss, despite ace Curt Schilling tossing six innings of four-run baseball with eight strikeouts).

Former Phillies closer Mitch Williams and first baseman John Kruk wheeled out a large, bright blue box. Phred jumped out when the Phanatic opened it. The team said Phred was “permanently moved” from the Galapagos Islands to live with his older cousin at the Vet.

The Phillies went on to describe Phred as a “Phanatic-in-training.” He even received his own sidecar that attaches to the Phanatic’s ATV, so they could cruise around the field together. The Phanatic also taught Phred how to shoot hot dogs to fans, dance on the dugout, tease visiting players, and create smiles on the “faces of the Phillie faithful.”

Looking ahead to 2022, the Phillies could say that the Phanatic from the 2020-21 seasons was really Phred — who became unrecognizable since his debut more than 20 years ago and posed as his older cousin.

“Phred grew up and somehow detained ‘old Phanatic’ two years ago and posed as Phanatic since,” @Phixated suggests. “But now the ‘real Phanatic’ is back, wipes out ‘new Phanatic’/Phred on Opening Day, and reclaims his rightful place.”