Royals mascot in front of Supreme Court for hitting fan in eye with hot dog

June 25, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals mascot Slugger relaxes before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Back in 2009, the Kansas City Royals found himself in some hot water after a hot-dog throwing incident led to a fan getting nailed in the eye with a loose weiner. The fan got injured after taking the hot dog to the eye and now the mascot is facing Supreme Court.

From Hardball Talk:

The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing whether the “baseball rule” — a legal standard that protects teams from being sued over fan injuries caused by events on the field, court or rink — should also apply to injuries caused by mascots or the other personnel that teams employ to engage fans. Because the case could set a legal precedent, it could change how teams in other cities and sports approach interacting with fans at their games.

This has been an ongoing case with the Kansas City Royals and the injured fan each winning one of the cases, so it’s going to be interesting to see where the Supreme Courts rule.

Hopefully they back up the mascot, because if you are a fan at a baseball game you should be keeping an eye out for fly balls. If you are paying attention, you won’t get a hot dog to the eye so you only have yourself to blame.

Topics: Kansas City Royals

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  • Blake Molina

    Interesting, gonna have to use this in my Sport Law class!

  • chiefridgy

    I go to the ball bark knowing I might have to duck a foul ball. No one goes expecting to have a hotdog thrown at them.

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