All Eyes Are on The Philadelphia Flyers’ New Mascot

People quickly gave their opinions on social media when he was introduced Monday.

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journals

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journals

Danielle Anzures, Staff Writer

When the Philadelphia Flyers introduced their new mascot to the hockey scene, it grabbed the internet’s attention. Gritty is the 7 ft orange monster’s name and apparently being terrifying is his game.

One Twitter user added, “HIYA GEORGIE, WHAT A NICE BOAT, DO YOU WANT IT BACK?” a partial quote from the movie IT along with a photo of Gritty. Another user would photo-shop Gritty into the sewer scene from the film.

Others would follow suit. Gritty was being photo-shopped into other horror movies like the Shining.

The monster’s bio doesn’t help his case:

His father was a “bully,” so naturally he has some of those tendencies – talented but feisty, a fierce competitor, known for his agility given his size. He’s loyal but mischievous; the ultimate Flyers fan who loves the orange and black, but is unwelcoming to anyone who opposes his team. Legend has it he earned the name “Gritty” for possessing an attitude so similar to the team he follows.

He claims that he’s been around for a lot longer than we know it, and recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time. He has some oddities that are both humorous and strange. A number of times he’s been caught eating snow straight from the Zamboni machine, and unbeknown to most, his love of hot dogs has been inflating the Flyers Dollar Dog Night consumption totals for years.

That being said, there’s no denying that he’s one of our own.

The orange monster’s personality has already shined through when he replied to a retweet from the Pittsburgh Penguins. The retweet was the caption “lol ok” over a photo of Gritty. Gritty responded with, “Sleep with one eye open tonight, bird.”

Gritty made his entrance at an event at the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park on Monday morning in front of 600 kids.

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