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Phillie Phanatic's BFF talks about "30 Rock" appearance

Tom Burgoyne, the Phillie Phanatic's best friend, says the Phanatic didn't know his "30 Rock" episode was airing Thursday until "The Phanatic got a text from Swoop." Apparently, the Phanatic and the Eagles mascot are buds.

Phillie Phanatic's BFF talks about "30 Rock" appearance

The Phillie Phanatic with Tina Fey on the set of "30 Rock"
The Phillie Phanatic with Tina Fey on the set of "30 Rock"

Tom Burgoyne, the Phillie Phanatic's best friend, says the Phanatic didn't know his "30 Rock" episode was airing Thursday until "The Phanatic got a text from Swoop." Apparently, the Phanatic and the Eagles mascot are buds.

Burgoyne said he and the Phanatic spent about 5 hours in October shooting the scene in which Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy gets the Phanatic, TastyKake, soft pretzels and other Philly staples to impress visiting Kabletown (Comcast) executives.

Burgoyne says Upper Darby native Tina Fey was happy to meet the Phanatic and told him she was glad the show was able to land him since the script had to be approved by Major League Baseball. "I told her the Phanatic would love to be on every week," he said.

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