Gritty has emotionally wrecked Philly, a city that went from hating everything about him to defending his honor at all costs. In just two weeks.
So it was fitting that Gritty made his official debut Tuesday at the Flyers home opener by swinging down from the Wells Fargo Center ceiling on a rope to Miley Cyrus' hit song, Wrecking Ball.
Like everything about Gritty, the spectacle was a hot mess. And it was amazing.
Flyers fans loved the mascot's entrance and greeted him with the type of enthusiasm typically reserved only for the Phillie Phanatic. Before the game against the San Jose Sharks, fans yelled his name down corridors, argued about his appeal, and clinked their pint glasses in his honor.