Feb 18, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies participate in conditioning drills during spring training at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies Spring Training Invaded By Possibly Rabid Possum


The Washington Nationals have a drone spying on their spring training workouts from above. The Phillies are not quite that hi-tech yet, though. They just have a possum.

It’s not even a robot possum, it’s just a regular possum. And it may be rabid according to authorities.

The possible Cujo-possum showed up Wednesday morning, perched itself atop an outfield fence and watched practice for awhile. Photographer David Maialetti got a picture of the intruder.


Animal control was called to deal with the potentially hazardous pest. I would have let it stick around, hoping it might bite Jonathan Papelbon.

Anything to get out from under that stupid contract.

Outside of beards and weight, animals have been the big story thus far in spring training.

There was Masahiro Tanaka’s poodle. There was Alex Cobb’s marriage proposal dolphin. There was Ryan Hanigan’s prize winning dog.

There was the Yankee raccoon.

Now the Phillies possum? Why do I feel like a rabid possum would be the perfect mascot for the Phillies. No offense to the Phanatic. A sick, deranged animal somehow just fits the Phillies.

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