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A tale as old as time: Royals mascot victorious in lawsuit involving thrown hot dog

Mar 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EST


You may recall that last year a Kansas man sued the Kansas City Royals, alleging that a hot dog thrown by the team’s mascot — Sluggerrr — at a September 2009 game struck him in the eye and detached his retina.  If you do recall that, you probably need to get a life, but you may recall it all the same.

Anyway, that case went to trial — to trial?! — and the jury reached a verdict. It was determined that Sluggerrr used the requisite level of hot dog-flinging care for a reasonable anthropomorphic lion mascot in the State of Missouri.  The Royals win.

And people say there’s no justice in this country.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    What a Royal victory!

    • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 11, 2011 at 6:22 PM

      Might be their only victory of the year.

  2. jkcalhoun - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    It’s good to have standards. Onomatopoeically-named and felinely-formed mascots all over Missouri will rest easier tonight.

  3. jrd8523 - Mar 11, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Couldn’t they have just given him a crown instead of building one into his head?

    • seattlej - Mar 11, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      Yeah… that’s a little freaky.

    • missthemexpos - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      Management were concerned that a separate crown could potentially come off, hitting someone nearby in the eye, and of course a lawsuit being the end result.

  4. Jonny 5 - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    I’ve injured a persons eye before with a hot dog. Honest mistake..

    • Lukehart80 - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      That wasn’t a hot dog.

  5. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    I have a hard time focusing on non-news today with the earthquake and all, but damn this is some good non-news. And yes, I remember the incident clearly and wish I did have a life.

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