Wielding his ceremonial hot dog cannon, the Phanatic fired a shot and accidentally injured Phillies fan Kathy McVay when an errant hot dog hit her right between the eyes. The Phanatic shoots real hot dogs, but they are wrapped in duct tape.
You've heard of people getting by foul balls at baseball stadiums, but one Philadelphia Phillies' fan says it wasn't a ball, but a flying hot dog that left her with a black eye!
McVay was seated behind home plate when the Phanatic rolled onto the field on a mobile hot dog launcher, as he (it?) has been doing for over a decade.
"It just came out of nowhere. The hot dog bounced off my face and into the other seat", she said.
The Phillies reached out to apologize to McVay on Tuesday and offered her tickets to another game once she heals, assuming she would like to return to Citizens Bank Park. "And hard", McVay tells WPVI. "It hit me like a ton of bricks", McVay told ABC 6 in Philadelphia.
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McVay went to the emergency room that night for a CAT scan, and has multiple bruises on her face - which requires ice every 20 minutes. McVay also advised fellow fans, "Just to be aware, because you never know".
To her credit, McVay understands the ridiculous nature of her injury and is taking it all in stride.
"It gives people a good laugh, and if that makes somebody chuckle, then that's fine", she said.
In 2010, a fan sued the Phanatic claiming the Philadelphia mascot injured her knees when the creature climbed onto her legs at a minor league game.