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Friday, November 01, 2013

AP: FAN INJURED BY HOT DOG SUING ROYALS

Baseball, apple pie & oh, my eye!

If it had been a foul ball or broken bat that struck John Coomer in the eye as he watched a Kansas City Royals game, the courts likely wouldn’t force the team to pay for his surgeries and suffering. But because it was a hot dog thrown by the team mascot - behind the back, no less - he just may have a case. 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.
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The Jackson County jurors who first heard the case two years ago sided with the Royals, saying Coomer was completely at fault for his injury because he wasn’t aware of what was going on around him. An appeals court overturned that decision in January, however, ruling that while being struck by a baseball is an inherent risk fans assume at games, being hit with a hot dog isn’t. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments in September, but didn’t indicate when it might issue its ruling.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 01, 2013 at 08:29 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fans, hot dogs, justice, lawsuits, mascots, royals, throwing

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   1. John Northey Posted: November 01, 2013 at 11:02 PM (#4592393)
Very surprised the Royals didn't settle out of court on this one. The risk of being found liable is significant vs the $5-20k cost of settling (if that is all it would've taken...hard to say).
   2. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 01, 2013 at 11:27 PM (#4592406)
Won't someone think of the children? Fat kids. Skinny kids. Kids who climb on rocks. Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox. For the love of Christ, even kids with chicken pox.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 01, 2013 at 11:38 PM (#4592411)
Fan injured by hot dog suing Royals


It's overplayed right now, but it's still a good song.
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 02, 2013 at 12:54 AM (#4592434)
]FAN INJURED BY HOT DOG SUING ROYALS


wow--with all the legal battles he had going on against the Royals, this hot dog went out and injured somebody
   5. PreservedFish Posted: November 02, 2013 at 01:19 AM (#4592438)
It works on so many levels!
   6. Khrushin it bro Posted: November 02, 2013 at 02:30 AM (#4592456)
I would have thought the hot dog would have cut to bits by the fan.
   7. Khrushin it bro Posted: November 02, 2013 at 02:33 AM (#4592457)
First they sue hot dogs then injure a fan?
   8. Bhaakon Posted: November 02, 2013 at 03:04 AM (#4592460)
The Dodgers are going to have some serious issues with Puig if the courts start holding teams responsible for hot dog-related injuries.
   9. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 02, 2013 at 05:45 AM (#4592469)
Man, we got 8 posts in before someone made a Puig joke. We're slipping kids, we're slipping.
   10. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: November 02, 2013 at 06:40 AM (#4592473)
FAN INJURED BY HOT DOG SUING ROYALS

wow--with all the legal battles he had going on against the Royals, this hot dog went out and injured somebody

The headline is a wonderful sentence, because it can be read:

1. A hot dog that is suing the Royals then injured a fan.
2. The Royals are suing a hot dog and the Royals then injured a fan.
3. A fan was injured by a hot dog and the fan is now suing the Royals.

It's pretty clear that #2 is the most likely interpretation. I like the idea of David Glass taking a hot dog to court. It's not at all improbable.
   11. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: November 02, 2013 at 07:58 AM (#4592478)
It's pretty clear that #2 is the most likely interpretation. I like the idea of David Glass taking a hot dog to court. It's not at all improbable.

Agreed, although my first reaction was to read "Royals" as referring to a subset of the players rather than the corporate entity. I was imagining the Royals clubhouse divided into two warring camps -- the hot dog suers and the non-hot dog suers -- and trying to guess who was in each group, and which faction would be traded over the off-season to restore clubhouse chemistry. Presumably the hot dog suers will be the ones to go now that they've crossed the line and started injuring fans.
   12. bobm Posted: November 02, 2013 at 08:28 AM (#4592481)
Another "dog bites man" story.
   13. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: November 02, 2013 at 09:03 AM (#4592484)
It's a stupid promotion gimmick this flinging hot dogs into the stands

Hope this ends it
   14. TJ Posted: November 02, 2013 at 09:21 AM (#4592485)
The KC mascot threw a hot dog hard enough to take out somebody's eye? Get the mascot a contract- he throws harder than the entire KC starting rotation...
   15. Shibal Posted: November 02, 2013 at 09:25 AM (#4592489)
This thread is useless without pics.

Can we get one of Kate Middleton eating a hot dog please?
   16. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: November 02, 2013 at 09:33 AM (#4592491)
I agree Harvey, they should be launching bratwurst.
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 02, 2013 at 02:31 PM (#4592633)
   18. SY Ruined School Lunches! Posted: November 02, 2013 at 03:44 PM (#4592685)
the throw must have had a lot of mustard on it
   19. I Am Not a Number Posted: November 02, 2013 at 05:01 PM (#4592713)
First they sue hot dogs then injure a fan?

Ambiguity, the devil's volleyball (Emo Philips)
   20. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 02, 2013 at 06:13 PM (#4592737)
Not the first time the Royals mascot has gotten in trouble for flinging weiners. (NSFW)

That's not pine tar!
   21. BDC Posted: November 02, 2013 at 06:24 PM (#4592741)
Wow, that link in #17 must constitute hazardous duty in the escort business.
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 02, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4592742)
Not the first time the Royals mascot has gotten in trouble for flinging weiners. (NSFW)

I think we all know how Royals Retro became aware of that photo.
   23. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: November 02, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4592746)
If I ever go to a baseball game and get hit in the eye by a wrapped wiener, thrown by a mascot, I will take it like a man and not tell ANYONE about it ! QED
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 02, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4592810)
I didn't think animals had standing to sue in court, regardless of their temperature (or attractiveness, I suppose).
   25. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: November 03, 2013 at 12:19 AM (#4592856)
Having just seen Here Come the Mummies in Dallas on Halloween night, I'm glad I have a reason to post a link to Attack of the Wiener Man.
   26. Walt Davis Posted: November 03, 2013 at 01:24 AM (#4592870)
better yet ... Kate Middleton makes her own sausage

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