PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's safe to say that Gritty has taken 2018 by storm in the few months he has graced us with his presence.
His influence rose to celebrity status almost overnight since the somewhat-haunting creature threw himself into our lives and our hearts back in September.
Gritty gained the largest following of any other sports mascot on social media in less than a week. He has proved time and again that he is not a force to be reckoned with, knocking over rival team's merch, trolling costumed Grittys on Halloween, or swinging from the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center.
His wit and grit landed him on just about every late night talk show within his first week on the town, and he even influenced a handful of other Philly organizations to rebrand and brainstorm their own unique mascots, or create their own foodie spin on the orange monster.
Take a look back at the city's newly beloved monster.