Watch the Philly Phanatic Dancing with an Umpire…in Drag (Video)
How does the song go?
Take me out to the ballgame
Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack
Show me a mascot dressed in drag and dancing to Lady Gaga?
Wait, that’s not the version you know? I guess they only sing it that way in Pennsylvania. Crazy Keystone State.
Last night during a rain-soaked game between the Dodgers and Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park, the Phillie Phanatic treated the crowd to a very special performance. He put on a nice blonde wig and sexy dress, then shimmied on over to what looked to be the third base umpire and did a seductive dance. Then the umpire started dancing along, and you’re thinking, “wow, he’s a good sport.” Then the umpire started stripping off his uniform to reveal a sparkly yellow shirt, and you realize, yeah, that’s an impostor.
The announcers don’t sound particularly impressed. I guess they’ve seen this act before. But I enjoyed it. It wasn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever seen a mascot do. Wasn’t even the craziest think I’ve seen the Phillie Phanatic do. But that didn’t make it any less enjoyable.