September 27, 2016
As the Philadelphia Phillies wind down a season of encouraging improvement, the team's beloved mascot is still hustling.
Multiple tweets Tuesday provided clues to an upcoming Sports Illustrated feature on the Phillie Phanatic, who has been synonymous with the team since journeying here from the Galapagos Islands in 1978.
The Phillie Phanatic stopped by SI, so we put him to work. Check out our snapchat, SI_Mag, for more pic.twitter.com/YwTu4UMIJi— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 27, 2016
So the Phillie Phanatic is in the office and I'm following him around posting to SI_mag on Snapchat... pic.twitter.com/d2wilYuRUg— Mitch Goldich (@mitchgoldich) September 27, 2016
Wait, why is he wearing a dress? It looks like he'll featured in the magazine's famed Swimsuit Issue.
Since the 2016 Swimsuit Issue is already out, it's safe to assume this photo shoot won't be seen by the public until 2017.
In May, Fernandez ceremonially pranked the Phanatic by stealing the keys to his quad. With assistance from a Philadelphia police officer in attendance, the Phanatic obtained handcuffs and placed Fernandez under arrest.
A public memorial and viewing for Fernandez will be held Wednesday afternoon at the West Plaza at Marlins Park.