Phillie Phanatic celebrates 38th birthday with a mascot dance-off

Major League Baseball’s strangest mascot celebrated its 38th birthday at Sunday’s Nationals-Phillies game, and mascots from around the major and linor leagues joined the Phillie Phanatic at Citizens Bank Park for a birthday party. Orbit from Astros joined locals Franklin the Dog (76ers), Swoop (Eagles) and Hooter the Owl (Temple) to present the Phanatic with a cake and performed an impressively coordinated dance routine on the field.

The Phanatic made his first appearance on April 25th, 1978, but the Phillies will be in the middle of a road trip on the Phanatic’s actual birthday.