Kansas City Royals sued over tossed hot dog


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Courtesy of the Associated Press, via Stltoday.com:
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Kansas City Royals sued over tossed hot dog



KANSAS CITY — Baseball fans who sit six rows behind the third-base dugout at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium know there's a chance they might have to duck a few foul balls from time to time.
But a Kansas man says it was a flying hot dog, not a baseball, that almost put his eye out while watching a Royals game late last summer.

John Coomer filed a lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals earlier this month seeking more than $25,000 for injuries he sustained Sept. 8 when he was smacked in the eye with a hot dog chucked into the seats by the team's mascot, Sluggerrr.​

Coomer said the wayward wiener caused a detached retina and the development of cataracts in his left eye, forcing him to undergo two eye surgeries. In his lawsuit, Coomer claims he suffered permanent impairment of his vision and is at a greater risk of future eye problems.

Royals director of media relations David Holtzman said the team does not comment on pending litigation.

In his petition, filed Feb. 8 in Jackson County Circuit Court, Coomer says he was attending a Royals game when Sluggerrr climbed on top of the third-base dugout and started shooting hot dogs into the stands with an air gun.​

The mascot then put down the air gun and began heaving hot dogs into the stands, including one he threw behind his back, striking Coomer in the eye as he sat six rows from the dugout.​

In addition to seeking restitution for medical expenses, Coomer is seeking damages for the team's failure to adequately train its mascot on the proper method of throwing hot dogs.​

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Certified Shitlord
He deserves nothing.

When you go to a baseball, you automatically accept that you are putting yourself in potential harm's way. Flying bats, balls and even players are risks. A hot dog? I guess I still don't see how it can cause so many problems and I don't know how you can't be paying attention when stuff is being thrown into the stands. Bottom line, I don't think the guy deserves a dime.


4 legs good 2 legs bad
I don't think he deserves anything either. When you go to sporting events you should be paying attention to whatever is going on. Whether there are balls, bats, or hot dogs flying into the stands, you should be ready for them.


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I don't think he deserves anything either.

Regardless of that, I literally laughed out loud reading this in the paper earlier this week!


Sultan of Swat
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I heard about this on Pardon the Interuption a few days ago, and I totally agree with Cons and Echoes. When you go to sporting events you have to expect the unexpected so to speak. The chances of ball/bats going in the stands are really high, and even though this hot dog incident probably won't happen again in the next five years or so(just guessing since it's very rare) you have to be ready for anything that might come your way.