Flying Hot Dog Launched At Baseball Game Leaves Woman With Black Eye

Tyler Owen
June 21, 2018

A Philadelphia Phillies fan has been hospitalized after being hit in the face - not with a foul ball, but a flying hot dog.

John Coomer suffered a detached retina after being pelted by a hot dog tossed by Slugerrr, the Royals' mascot, at a game in Kansas City. McVay had a shoulder injury, so she wasn't able to catch or deflect the dog.

Using his customary launcher, the Phanatic sent a hot dog to fans behind home plate, where Kathy McVay was sitting.

"I think it just came so fast".

"When I tell my brothers, they started laughing", she said to NBC10.

The Phillies have apologized and offered her free tickets when she's ready to come back to the ballpark. "And hard", McVay told Philadelphia TV station WPVI.

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"And then the next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam!"

His allegedly well-intentioned bazooka blast "hit me like a ton of bricks", said, McVay, who had to make a trip to the emergency room. Her facial injury requires ice every 20 minutes.

"I have a small hematoma in my eye", McVay said. "It's going to go down the side of my face". McVay also advised fellow fans, "Just to be aware, because you never know".

McVay, a longtime Phillies fan, added that she doesn't plan to seek legal action, but said her experience should be a lesson for baseball fans everywhere. People, that means it's not soft buns hitting your face but rather a hot dog made firm by outside forces.

"It gives people a good laugh", McVay told 6 ABC Philadelphia, "and if that makes somebody chuckle, then that's fine".

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