Yikes...Phillie Phanatic ad leads to stadium bomb scare

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  1. mom_in_training

    mom_in_training New Member

    I agree better safe then sorry....

    Updated: September 25, 2008, 8:23 AM EST PHILADELPHIA (AP) - After a bomb scare at the Philadelphia Phillies' ballpark, authorities pointed the finger at a fuzzy green suspect - The Phillie Phanatic.

    Hours before the Phillies-Atlanta Braves' game on Wednesday night, a film crew shot a commercial of the mascot shooting heavily wrapped hot dogs from a launcher.

    But someone inadvertently left three of the duct taped hot dogs outside the ballpark, sparking security fears. Stadium employees were evacuated and the bomb squad was called in.

    Only after the packages were blown up did authorities realize they'd just exploded some sausages.

    "We saw something that looked suspicious," said Michael Stiles, Phillies senior vice president, administration and operations. "We did the right thing. It turned out to be nothing. We could have gone over and picked it up and thrown it in the trash and been done with it. But if we had been wrong, somebody might have lost an arm."

    After the detonation, the game went on as scheduled.

    "I'd rather them blow up some hot dogs or some ketchup and mustard and relish than have it be a real bomb," reliever Chad Durbin said. "Better safe than sorry."
  2. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member


    OMG, that's funny! I think the Phillie Phanatic is probably the best mascot in baseball!

    And I can SO see that happening too! Before the Cardinals games in Busch Stadium they do the same thing. They get on top of the dugouts and shoot wrapped up hot dogs and t-shirts up in to the crowd and people fall all over themselves trying to get them!