Found November 01, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
This is why we can't have nice things, America: John Coomer, a Kansas City Royals fan who was hit in the eye with a hot dog, is suing the team for medical expenses after undergoing two eye surgeries. Coomer, of Overland Park, Kan., says he was injured at a September 2009 Royals game when the team's lion mascot, Sluggerrr, threw a 4-ounce, foil-wrapped wiener into the stands that struck his eye. He had to have two surgeries -- one to repair a detached retina and the other to remove a cataract that developed and implant an artificial lens. Coomer's vision is worse now than before he was hurt and he has paid roughly $4,800 in medical costs, said his attorney, Robert Tormohlen. Coomer might actually have a case here because of a 1997 ruling in California that declared mascots aren't an essential part of the game, making injuries caused by mascots exempt from the "baseball rule" that prevents fans from suing teams over injuries caused by on-field activities...
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