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Free Hot Dog Toss Ends With Kansas City Royals' Mascot Sluggerrr On Trial

Kansas City Royals’ mascot, “Sluggerrr,” is on trial for assaulting a fan with a hot dog. Sluggerrr is accused of harming a fan with an airborne hot dog. It’s serious business.

“A hot dog flung by Kansas City Royals’ mascot Sluggerrr allegedly caused serious and lasting injury to the left eye of baseball fan John Coomer on Sept 8, 2009.”

“The wrapped dog allegedly came out of Sluggerrr’s hand as the mascot tried to throw it behind his back and into the crowd.” And that’s why you don’t showboat. You think a John Stockton mascot would try something like that? No. That hot dog would have been fundamentally bounce passed to Coomer.

While its funny to think about John Stockton passing out free hot dogs at a baseball game, the story is kind of serious. Coomer’s lawyer says his client “suffered a detached retina and has undergone three surgeries to correct the damage.”

Serious stuff. I guess.

During cross examination, Hofer showed Shores video of a toss he made during a 2009 game and invited him to discuss the hot dog’s “arc” and “velocity” as it sailed away.

Shores stayed away from the technical language.

“I would try and put more mustard on it,” Shores said. “I guess that’s appropriate for a hot dog.”

I take it back. There’s nothing serious about this. If the legal department has a problem, they can edit this, but for now… This dude got hit in the face with a free hot dog thrown by a mascot. Put your hands up, bro. Now you’ve got ex-mascots making puns in civil court.

[Kansas City Star, Image via Getty]

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