“I Play The Phillie Phanatic For Major League Baseball”

November 06, 2020 by Dan Green

Meet Tom Burgoyne, the person who brings MLB’s Phillie Phanatic to life. Tom talked with us about getting started in the business of being a mascot, about following your passions, about and the fun that comes from being the most recognizable professional sports mascot in the world.

Tom Burgoyne: The Most Recognizable Mascot in the World

This is the story of Tom Burgoyne and his role with the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. Tom is “best friends” with the Phillie Phanatic — the hot-dog shooting, silly-string spraying, giant, green mascot.

The Phillie Phanatic is a baseball and cultural icon. As the man behind the costume, Tom performs a multitude of routines at Citizens Bank Park where he’s entertained more than 57 million ballpark fans since 1994.

He’s also active outside the stadium.

Tom frequently speaks at events in Philadelphia; and travels to Europe, Asia, and other continents to spread messages of positivity and love. He’s authored more than a dozen books for children and for business leaders, including “Pheel The Love”, and has appeared in costume on the NBC show “30 Rock”.

Reflecting on his role: “To be able to bring so many smiles to people’s faces, to be around just the excitement of Phillies baseball… It’s really a dream come true.”

Watch the entire interview with Tom Burgoyne, the man who brings the Phillie Phanatic to life and who has one of the coolest jobs in America.

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