I can't get over the Phillie Phanatic/hot dog debacle. It's an all timer. Looks like she just went 10 rounds with Rocky pic.twitter.com/IfG03hjP9j— rajon (@zatch_ariah) June 21, 2018
When Kathy McVay headed out to Monday night’s Phillies-Cardinals game, she did not think she would end up in the hospital — especially not because of a hot dog gun.
While she remained seated behind home plate, the official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies, Phillie Phanatic, rolled out onto the field, aiming his hot dog launcher toward the stands. Right after firing the launcher, the hot dog wrapped in duct tape made it all the way to McVay, hitting her in the face.
"It just came out of nowhere. And hard," she said.
Unfortunately, she couldn’t protect her face from the blow, as she already suffers from a shoulder injury that will require surgery.
“And then the next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam! It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew," McVay explained.
Now, she told reporters, she has something to remember that game by.
"I have a small hematoma in my eye. And mostly, it's going to get worse before it gets better. It's going to go down the side of my face," she said.
Being a big Phillies fan made it easier for her to take the entire incident lightly, not wanting to blame the team or its mascot for her misfortune. Instead of getting angry, she warned her fellow fans to watch out. After all, they could be next.
"Just to be aware, because you never know. I understand a baseball, but not a hot dog," she said.
ICYMI - A Phillies fan was injured when she was hit in the face with a hot dog that came from the Phillie Phanatic’s hot dog launcher. ?? #Phillies | #PhilliePhanatic | #MLB | #HotDogGate | #philadelphiaphillies | #philliesnation | #philliesbaseball | #bebold #mlb @NBCSPhilly pic.twitter.com/lypVkAwNnK— A2D Radio (@a2dradio_com) June 21, 2018
In 2010, the Kansas City Royals mascot, Sluggerr, was sued for a similar incident. Then, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against the fan, saying that hot dogs being thrown into the air are not part of a baseball game, therefore the team could not be held liable. So, even if McVay did decide to take legal action, she might not have any success anyway.
Despite the precedent in Kansas City, this is the first time anyone has been injured by a hot dog launcher at Citizens Bank Park. The unfortunate experience may have been worth it, though, as McVay was offered free tickets to another game when the Phillies reached out directly to apologize.
Hopefully, Phillie Phanatic's aim will be much better next time.
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