The notion of the Phillie Phanatic leaving Philadelphia has been the subject of conversation since the spring. See this article:
The idea interests me, since my new project, NEW POP LIT—which I’m producing with writer/blogger Andrea Nolen as well as the Friends and Enemies of Pop Literature—needs a mascot!
(See our fantastic site: www.newpoplit.com )
If the Phillie Phanatic is truly available, searching for a better deal, we’d like to make him an offer. Maybe some classic Detroit–style Coney Dogs and the opportunity to watch, um, a better baseball team. (And by now he must be tired of cheesesteaks.)
Of course, since the Phanatic is a native of the Galapagos Islands, there’s the question of possible travel restrictions on his visa.