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Dave Raymond become famous as the Phillie Phanatic. Now he's teaching others how to be a mascot. It's not as easy you think, reports Patrick Hruby.

Updated: December 7, 2006, 1:24 PM ET
By Patrick Hruby | Page 2

A good mascot knows how to take a punch. There's really no way around it. Spend any significant amount of time clowning around in a furry suit, and somebody somewhere will take a swing at you. Hard. Because even the luckiest mascots – read: the ones who have managed to avoid jock itch of the face – can't avoid pissing people off.

People, for instance, like Tommy Lasorda.

Dave Raymond shakes his head. Now that was a rough night. The former Phillie Phanatic chuckles at the ...

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