Gritty goes to the defense of his fellow city mascot and his new look.
The Phillies unveiled the redesign of the Phillie Phanatic at an exhibition game in Florida and Gritty took to social media to support his friend.
The Phillies sued Harrison/Erickson, the New York company that created the Phanatic, last August in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate the Phillies’ rights to the Phanatic as of June 15 and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights.
The Phillies opted to make slight changes to the mascots costume to avoid copyright issues.