The Red Phillie Phanatic was a fun gimmick, when it was once needed. Image: Phillies.com
The Phillies are less than a week away from opening up the 2012 season in hopes of running their way to a sixth straight NL East crown, and perhaps a third World Series championship. As has been the case the past few years, the Phillies are generating the hype machine leading up to Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park (the Phillies start the regular season on the road in Pittsburgh) with their annual Paint the Town Red Week.
The Paint the Town Red festivities include a number of community events, including a Phillie Phanatic appearance at a local Boys and Girls Club (more on the Phanatic in a moment) and the Phillies Charities 5k race down at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday (I'm running, are you?), and the On-Deck Series, a two-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the ballpark prior to the teams heading to the opposite side of the state for the regular season opening series s...