CONNECTION BETWEEN NPB AND MLB? TEAM MASCOTS
The first snow was falling in Tokyo the other day- steadily the signs of winter began to appear. This blog theme is, “team mascot”- perfect for this season when you miss a soft duvet or warm muffler.
They are familiar with adorable movements, such as Hanshin TO-LUCKY and Chunichi Doala the Koala. However, do you know that there is an unexpected connection between Japanese professional baseball and characters in American Major League Baseball? This time we will introduce the secret!
Slyly & Phillie Phanatic- unique “Sesame-esque” mascots
Hiroshima Carp’s “Slyly” is one of the most striking characters. At first glance, it is an appearance that you get lost as to what it is, but it has been loved by fans for over 20 years.
There is a mascot exactly like Slyly across the sea in the United States!
The character of Carp’s “Slyly (left)” and Phillies’ “Phillie Phanatic (Right)”. Almost like brothers!
Well, can you see a similarity? “Major League Baseball’s, Philadelphia Phillies mascot” Phillie Phanatic “looks nice with this fluffy appearance, as if it were Slyly’s alter ego. Why is this?
These two characters were designed by American Bonnie Erickson, who is famous for “Sesame Street”. After Phillie Phanatic was born in 1978 and gained popularity, Carp asked her and her company (Harrison/Erickson) to design a character. So Slyly was born in 1995 and is “Phillie’s” counterpart. There is a legitimate brotherhood among the two!
When American fans watch Carp’s games or when Japanese fans cheer for the Phillies, do they have a sense of affinity thanks to them? This is the power of a bridge that connects the two countries!
Also, the person in the Slyly suit is from Philadelphia and was a Phillies, “Phanstormer” (he handled mid-inning duties). That may be the reason why some of Slyly’s movements are the same as Phillie Phanatic’s. Check during the next game!