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Fan Sues After Injury by Flying Hot Dog

Worse, it was thrown by the Kansas City Royals mascot

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 1, 2013 4:29 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Bad enough to get injured by an airborne hot dog. But a hot dog thrown by a goofy baseball mascot? That's grounds for a lawsuit. Or says a Kansas City man who is suing the hometown Royals over the 2009 incident, reports the AP. It seems that mascot Sluggerrr was chucking foil-wrapped hot dogs to fans during a game when one caught John Coomer in the eye. The 53-year-old has since needed two surgeries, including one to repair a detached retina.

The case has made its way to the Missouri Supreme Court, and it's not as clear-cut as you might think, explains the AP's Bill Draper. If for example, Coomer had been hit by a foul ball during the game, he probably would be out of luck because teams are protected from such lawsuits. But are they protected if a mascot causes the injury? That's the question the court must decide, and it's a safe bet that teams around the country are watching closely.

Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr throws hot dogs into the crowd during a game in 2009.
Kansas City Royals mascot "Sluggerrr" throws hot dogs into the crowd during a game in 2009.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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