With everything going on in the hockey world, and, well, the world due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Gritty went silent on Twitter.
It had been a week since the Philadelphia Flyers mascot had tweeted. Their last tweet was on March 10, reminding Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand of his last trip to the City of Brotherly Love — when he overskated the puck in the shootout and cost the team from Beantown the game.
On Tuesday, everyone’s favorite furry, orange mascot reemerged on Twitter and Instagram offering up a message of hope and love to everyone as sports take a back seat for now.
“My Dear Gritizens,” they began.
“We have no hockey. But we have each other. Now is when I would typically embrace you with my fur, but instead I will envelop you with my words (social distancing).”
The note asked how everyone was doing and then quickly turned to, of course, divulge how Gritty is.
“I’m taking this very seriously,” they said. “My paws are v [sic] clean. My home is completely wrapped in toilet paper, the virus isn’t getting in.
“I’m health in its purest form. My body temp is at the classic Gritty average of minus -55.6 degrees Celsius [that’s -68.08 Fahrenheit, by the way], I’ve never felt slimmer but I still can’t seem to shake this swimmer’s ear (ongoing issue). You know what they say, when the virus goes low, we go high.”
Gritty added that they’ve been watching “Osmosis Jones” for the ninth time. According to IMDB, the movie is about a policeman white blood cell named Osmosis Jones, with the help of a cold pill, needing to stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in.
The mascot also added they’ve started watching LOST — in the third season — and is well, lost.
They ended it with words of encouragement, “I’m lonely, so I’m sure you are too. We can be lonely together. Maybe being together in loneliness will make us … not lonely? I recognize that there’s a lot going on, and I rightfully assume my duty to be the orange light of hope in this COVID-19 covered world.
“After all laughter is the best medicine. Next to medicine.”
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