On Monday night, the fan-favorite mascot parked his four-wheeler along the third-base line to indulge in his usual pregame routine. The Phanatic teased the visiting Nationals, caught the first pitch and entertained the fans. He then returned to his vehicle to drive off, but he experienced some difficulty: his ATV wouldn't start.
A team official, who chose not to be identified, said, "It's a machine. Sometimes things happen."
Former Phillie Jayson Werth, accompanied by a National teammate, stopped stretching and walked over to the struggling Phanatic. Werth is a previous culprit of messing with the Phanatic and his wheels, but it is unknown if he had any involvement in this case.
A bevy of grounds crew workers were then forced to lift the broken-down four-wheeler over the third-base gate, leaving the Phanatic with no ride.