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Kansas City Royals Mascot Accused of Poking Fan in Eye with Wiener

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 2:  Sluggerrr, the Kansas City Royals mascot, entertains the fans during the game against the New York Yankees on June 2, 2005 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Royals won 5-2.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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Micah WarrenContributor IFebruary 23, 2010

Slugger the Lion, the mascot for the Kansas City Royals, last season poked a fan in the eye with a hot wiener.

It was the most action the ballpark had all season, but now the club is being sued over the incident, according to our pals at TMZ.com.

The lawsuit, filed by John Coomer in Missouri, claims that he was just hanging out at a game when Slugger “climbed atop the third base dugout and started shooting hot dogs into the stands from an air gun.” Eventually, the mascot put down the launcher and started chucking the hot dogs with his hands.

That is where everything went miserably wrong.

The lawsuit says, “Slugger lost control of his throw or was reckless with his throw, and threw the hotdog directly into the Plaintiff.” It doesn’t say whether or not Mr. Coomer was sleeping after watching the Royals go three-up and three-down for five innings straight.

Coomer claims that the hot dog hit him in the eye, giving him a detached retina and the development of cataracts. He is suing the Royals for $25,000 because they “failed to adequately train its agents...in the proper method in which to throw hot dogs into the stands at Kauffman Stadium.”

Most Royals fans tend to just sue the club to refund their ticket prices for failing to put an adequate baseball product on the field.

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