Kansas City Royals mascot "Sluggerrr" throws hot dogs into the crowd during a game against the Cleveland Indians, Aug. 24, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel/File)
Updated: Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010, 9:14 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010, 9:13 AM EST
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Baseball fans who sit six rows behind the third-base dugout at the Kansas City Royals' stadium know they might have to duck a few foul balls.
But a Kansas man says it was a flying hot dog, not a baseball, that almost put his eye out last year.
John Coomer has filed a lawsuit against the Royals seeking more than $25,000 for injuries he sustained Sept. 8 when he was smacked in the eye with a hot dog chucked by the team's mascot, Sluggerrr.
Coomer said the wayward wiener caused a detached retina and the development of cataracts in his left eye.
The Royals declined to comment Tuesday. The team is looking for someone new to wear the mascot's large lion costume, spokesman Toby Cook says there's "no connection" with the hot dog affair.