Baseball Fan Sues Royals After Bizarre Hot Dog Injury

by William White | November 4, 2013 11:30 am

A baseball fan is suing[1] the Kansas City Royals after a hot dog thrown by the team’s mascot hit him in the eye.

John Coomer, 53, claims that he was injured in 2009 when the Kansas City Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, threw a hot dog wrapped in foil into the stands. The hot dog hit Coomer in the eye and he had to have two surgeries. One of the surgeries was to repair a detached retina and the other was to remove a cataract that developed and implant an artificial lens. Coomer now has worse vision than he did before and his surgeries cost him $4,800. His lawsuit states that he is seeking over $20,000 from the team, but he is likely after a much higher amount. The ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court on this case will determine if an injury from a mascot falls under the baseball rule that prevents teams from being sued by fans who are injured due to events that happen on the field, reports the Rockford Register Star.

Coomer claims that the Kansas City Royals “failed to adequately train its agents in the proper method in which to throw hotdogs into the stands at Kauffman Stadium,” reports NESN[2].

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