Apparently Johnny Weir is not the only sports figure enamored with Lady Gaga. The Phillie Phanatic yesterday donned the creepy red spiked costume that the thinly unveiled recreation of Madonna in her prime did last year at the MTV Video Music Awards. He/She/It then strutted around as “Bad Romance” played over the public address system. A pity that the Phanatic didn’t opt for “Telephone” as I think the Nationals creepy Screech mascot could have pulled off Beyonce’s costume in that video.
In fact, yesterday was an odd convergence of pop music and baseball. Death Cab for Cutie sang the “Centerfield” in Seattle, and the Marlins Cameron Maybin continued to use Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” as his batting music. I’m not sure if this is part of a concerted effort to make baseball seem more hip or to get more teenage girls in the stands. If it’s the latter, Roger Clemens will be pissed that this campaign was not started sooner.