Hot dogs are known to satiate hunger, serve as a comfort food and make great munchies for a sporting event, but are not known to hurt. A Philadelphia Phillies fan learned the hard way that a hot dog can hurt, especially when it is launched from a launcher and makes an impact on the face.
The fan, named Kathy McVay, was injured in the evening of June 18 in a Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park after being hit by a hot dog launched from Phillies Phanatic’s customary hot dog launcher. She was in the stands when a hot dog ‘came out of nowhere’, giving her no time to react, and landed hard on her face. Her shoulder already injured, which is in need surgery, made it difficult for her to catch, duck or deflect the "airborne missile". The hot dog knocked her glasses off and struck her right eye and nose. She had to undergo a CT scan to ensure that she does not have a concussion and has to apply ice on her injuries every 20 minutes.
The impact gave her a small hematoma in her right eye and it will get worse before getting better, she said. Being an ardent fan of Philadelphia Phillies, she does not plan to take a legal action against the team. In a gesture of goodwill, and as an act of apology, the team reached out to her and issued an unconditional apology as well as offered her tickets to an upcoming game should she wishes to watch it from the stands.
In a message for fans at the upcoming games, McVay urges them to be careful and alert that will enable them to avoid the same accident.
She also understands that some might get a giggle at her expense and the situation she was in and she has no qualms about it.
As per her, if the incident can make people chuckle and make somebody laugh then that is fine by her.
This is the first time that a fan was hurt by the Phillie Phanatic’s customary hot dogs launch during a Philadelphia Phillies game.
For years, Phillie Phanatic has been flinging hot dogs into the stands at Philadelphia Phillies games at Veterans Stadium and Citizens Bank Park without a single incident of injury, until the evening of June 18. The official mascot of Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team, Phillie Phanatic is a large, green, and furry flightless bird. The mascot performs a variety of routines to delight fans at Veterans Stadium and Citizens Bank Park and carries out public relation and goodwill appearances for the team.