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Thu Jun 23 11:42am EDT

Here’s what separates the pros from the
amateurs in the world of sports mascots: After being hit with a foul ball at a
minor league game on Wednesday, the Phillie Phanatic didn’t drop to the ground,
write around in pain or break character in any way.

Instead,  the Phanatic hammed up the beaning in usual Phanatic fashion — and
only then left the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs game against Indianapolis
and headed to the hospital.

Though you can’t see the ball actually hitting the Phanatic, it’s reported to
have hit the popular green mascot square in the neck — or right where the head
of Tom Burgoyne, the man who
has played the Phanatic
since 1993, is actually located.

With the Phillies on the road in St. Louis, Burgoyne hit the road to
Allentown, Pa., for a midweek visit to the team’s Triple-A affiliate. But lest
you think his good deed will totally be punished, the good news is that he was
treated and released from a nearby hospital with only minimal damage.

Said Burgoyne on his
Facebook page
:

The Phanatic is fine. He took one off the neck last night it the Iron Pigs
game. Since we’re soooo close, I felt his pain and have a nice golf ball-sized
knot just above my eye. Bring on the A’s this weekend — the Phanatic will be
ready!

It’s good to know that the Phanatic will return to Philly and be able to
welcome Connie Mack’s old team back into town. But the job of a mascot will
continue to be a dangerous job for Burgoyne. Not only does he have to face the
ever-present threat of fan
lawsuits
, the Morning Call reports that his
nose was broken and his eye socket was shattered
when he was hit by a ball
thrown by an Atlanta Braves
pitcher in 2009.

story from and video at:  http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Video-Phillie-Phanatic-nailed-by-foul-ball-hea?urn=mlb-wp10385

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Tom Burgoyne

2      2

his primary challenge = TB = 22 = Lucky.  Blooper.  Being silly  Clowning around.

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