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The hot dog-throwing Royals mascot is now in front of the Missouri Supreme Court

Nov 1, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT


There’s a saying in legal circles that “hard cases make bad law.” Not sure what they say about cases involving hot dog-slinging baseball mascots who injure fans when they hit them in the eye, but that case is about to set a precedent:

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. Because the case could set a legal precedent, it could change how teams in other cities and sports approach interacting with fans at their games.

It’s before the Supreme Court, you may recall, because the Royals won the first round and the injured fan won the second round arising out of the 2009 incident at Kauffman Stadium.

  1. philsieg - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    If it stops the “Up With People” t-shirt cannon brigade, it will be worth it.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Just be happy it was in Kansa City. In Miami they would have charged the fan $9 for the hot dog plus a $4 delivery fee.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    This feels like a bad Franklin and Bash plot.

  4. APBA Guy - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    C’mon Craig, where’s your sporting blood? No prediction on how the MO Court will rule? Where’s the fun in just reporting that the case is before the court. Weigh in! As a former lawyer, what say you? And will the case stop at the MO Court?

  5. cohnjusack - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Not sure what they say about cases involving hot dog-slinging baseball mascots who injure fans when they hit them in the eye,

    I guess somebody didn’t catch the thrill! Amiright guys? Am I right?!?!*

    *As I am probably the only one to remember, there used to be ads for the Royals that ended with a little song. The went: “Roy-als Basebaaaaaalll……Catch the Thrill!”

  6. Glenn - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    When mascots set precedent, only precedents will have mascots!

  7. ezthinking - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Great moments in mis-information.

    Thanks, Craig, for being part of a stereotype. Way to mis-inform the public on legal issues. The country is now dumber.

    • ezthinking - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      Sorry, I forgot you worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s office to help them defend denying voters the right to vote, defending segregation, and supporting predatory lending in violation of Ohio state law on behalf of the Ohio Bankers League.

      Glad you got into baseball writing, but at least get the law right. Especially the crap you wrote on the earlier articles you linked to.

  8. jhaegs - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Craig loves a little sausage to the face…

  9. righthandofjustice - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    The injured fan should win.

    Throwing hotdogs at fans either by hand or through an air gun is not unavoidable in the mascot’s service provided to his employee. A pitcher has to throw the ball. A hitter has to hit the ball with a bat. But a mascot is hired to entertain the fans. Throwing hotdogs is not unavoidable, and not the mandated way to provide entertainment to the fans.

    Security guards hired by a team are also the agents, servants or employees of the team. If a security guard injured a fan with a gun or a baton by mistake in a game, does it mean the team can get away with it?

  10. blingslade - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Believe it or not, Sluggerrr is the reason why Frank White got fired from the announcing booth.

    I’m thinking this mascot is bad for everyone in KC!

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