Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Fan injured by Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon during game

Fan injured by Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon during game

Sarah Bloomquist of 6 ABC reports that, unfortunately, a Phillies fan was injured on Monday night when the Phillies opened a three-game home series with the Cardinals. "It came out of nowhere - and hard".

The Phillie Phantic was launching hot dogs into the stands when an arrant dog hit Phillies fan Kathy McVay in the face. "It hit me like a ton of bricks", McVay told ABC 6 in Philadelphia. Except McVay told ABC 6 that she couldn't catch the hot dog or knock it out of the air because of a shoulder injury that she is having surgery on next week.

The hot dog struck McVay in the face, and she underwent a CT scan to make sure she didn't have a concussion, according to Philadelphia's WPVI. She is black and blue and very sore.

McVay is an avid Phillies fan, too, and said she doesn't plan to pursue any legal action. Her facial injury requires ice every 20 minutes.

In a 2008 video detailing the creation of the Phanatic's launcher, a Philadelphia fan said, "I'd rather have a hot dog hit me than a ball".

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McVay was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a small hematoma in her eye, along with soreness and bruises. And mostly, it's going to get worse before it gets better.

McVay said the Phillies reached out to her on Tuesday to apologize, and they have offered her tickets to a future game when she wants to return. "Because you never know".

Plus McVay is taking it in stride, syaing if it "makes somebody chuckle, then that's fine".

A hot dog cannon can be a lot of fun at a baseball game, but sometimes it can be risky.

She also expressed an understanding of the potential humor to be found in her plight, despite her injuries. We're told the Phanatic feels awful about what happened.

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