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westofyou
02-24-2010, 09:45 AM
http://www.tmz.com/2010/02/23/kansas-city-royals-hotdog-hot-dog-lawsuit-eye-john-coomer-slugger-the-lion/



Sluggerrr the Lion -- the mascot for the Kansas City Royals -- is accused of poking a fan's eye out with a steaming hot wiener during a Major League Baseball game last year ... and now the team is being sued over it.

It's all in a lawsuit filed in Jackson County, Missouri in which John Coomer claims he was just chillin' at a game on September 8, 2009 -- when Slugger "climbed atop the third base dugout and started shooting hotdogs into the stands from an air gun."

Coomer claims Slugger eventually put the air gun down -- and started firing off the wieners by hand ... when, according to the suit, things went horribly wrong.

In the docs, Coomer claims "Slugger lost control of his throw or was reckless with his throw, and threw the hotdog directly into the Plaintiff."

Coomer claims the dog hit him right in his left eye -- leaving him with a detached retina and the development of cataracts.

Coomer is now suing the Royals for more than $25k for negligence and battery -- claiming they "failed to adequately train its agents ... in the proper method in which to throw hotdogs into the stands at Kauffman Stadium."

Remember, when handling wieners -- it's always safety first.




FYI TMZ does sports now, roll up your pants, the crap will get deep.

Chip R
02-24-2010, 09:54 AM
I think if this mascot can throw a hot dog so hard he can detach someone's retina from on top of the dugout, the Royals ought to sign this guy up to pitch for them.

reds1869
02-24-2010, 10:17 AM
Wow. This could be an interesting test of ye olde "always keep your eye on the action" clause in the ticket holder's contract.

flyer85
02-24-2010, 10:22 AM
advice to live by - avoid getting poked in the eye by a wiener.

medford
02-25-2010, 12:48 PM
advice to live by - avoid getting poked in the eye by a wiener.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Roy Tucker
02-25-2010, 12:52 PM
So, I'm a little confused by the thread subject. Was the wiener gruesome or the attack?

Rojo
02-25-2010, 02:46 PM
Sluggerrr the Lion? Rrridiculous

westofyou
02-25-2010, 02:57 PM
http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlog/2010/02/23/funny-losing-serious-losing/



This week in Sports Illustrated, I wrote a story about the New Jersey Nets. You probably know the Nets are on pace to become the worst team in NBA history. They are 5-51, which puts them on pace for a delightful 8-74 season — that would make them worse than the spectacular nine-win 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.


Here’s the thing that struck me about the Nets. They are just bad. That’s all. They are not funny bad. They are not goofy bad. They are not even infuriating bad. In the story I try to coin a new phrase: They are “professional bad.” They are just a boring and overmatched team with a boring and overmatched coach and march out there night after night and lose. It’s admirable in a weird way. On their good nights, they play just well enough to lose. On their bad nights, they sleepwalk to losses. And most are like their game Sunday against Memphis — the Nets lead by 11 at halftime, get outscored 31-16 in the third quarter and coast to a nine-point loss. A professional loss.

You will watch the Nets often and think “They shouldn’t be this bad.” Their center, Brook Lopez is going to be a big NBA star. Devin Harris is a good NBA guard. Several other players like Courtney Lee and Chris Douglas-Roberts and Keyon Dooling are perfectly fine rotation players, and while it’s impossible to watch Yi Jianlian without cracking up just a little, he is a seven-footer with an outside jumper. The parts suggest a typically bad NBA team. The sum, though, goes for history. They shouldn’t be this bad, but they are, and that’s their identity. I suspect they will end up winning 10 or 11 games and drift into forgotten history like the bad Dallas and Cleveland teams. But maybe not. Maybe I am underrating the brilliance of their ineptness.

My point here is that the Nets are just not funny. Oh, every so often they are funny. They had the motivational speaker who stuck needles in his face (more on that in the story). That was funny. But generally … not funny.

The Kansas City Royals, on the other hand, are funny. That’s their curse. They have been funny for as long as I’ve been around them. I remember a few years ago when they brought a professional softball pitcher in for a tryout — a real, live tryout — and they spent a good solid 10 or 15 minutes arguing about whether or not his delivery was a balk. In many ways, that has been the Kansas City Royals for more than a decade. It isn’t just that they brought in a softball pitcher. They actually spent time arguing about him.

I can go through the list again of classic Kansas City Royals moments, but by now I’m sure you could pass the quiz:

1. Name the outfielder who climbed the wall while the ball landed on the warning track in front of him and then bounced over his head for a ground rule double.

2. Name the two outfielders who ran toward the dugout while a fly ball landed behind them.

3. Name the manager who came to camp promising to “smile more,” thus inspiring his players to create a smiley chart for him.

4. Name the manager who has been known to ride around the warning track on a unicycle before games.

5. Name the manager who, in order to inspire his team, jumped into the shower with his clothes on.

6. Name the manager who said: “Things can always get worse.”

7. Name the player who got picked off after falling off first base.

8. Name the player who dropped a fly ball on a sunny day because he wasn’t wearing his sunglasses, and who wasn’t wearing sunglasses because “they had not arrived yet.”

9. Name the player who got hit in the face with a fly ball on a sunny day because he wasn’t wearing his sunglasses, and who was seen wearing sunglasses that night on plane ride home.

10. Name the player who faced home plate on a relay throw and got hit in the back.

11. Name the player who on a bunt threw the ball into a teammate’s face.

12. Name the player who went so long between walks that when he finally did walk they shot off fireworks at the stadium.

13. Name the pitcher who during a bad stretch complained that he could not even get a “no-decision.”

14. Name the player who shot a reporter with a pellet gun in the clubhouse.

15. Name the pitcher nobody had ever heard of who was called up from Class AA to pitch against New York at Yankee Stadium and was released two weeks later. He never pitched another game in the big leagues.

And so on. I’m only stopping at 15 because … you have to stop somewhere. This could be a 100-question test. A 500-question test. The Royals aren’t just the worst team in baseball over the last decade, they have been comically bad. They have been Major League bad. They, unlike these New Jersey Nets, have always found ways to make their losing amusing … that would be the lyrical name of their style of ball. Amusing Losing.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore despises this Royals’ vaudeville reputation … and you cannot blame him. He has railed against it … and you applaud him for that. I would say at least 50% of Dayton’s effort since taking over as Royals GM has been trying to make the Royals a professional organization. He has demanded that his employees wear ties on game days. He has instituted a Royals Fan Fest and led the charge to bring back the Royals banquet. He has hired many respected people, beefed up the Royals scouting department, joined forces with owner David Glass to make the Royals actual players in the draft and the international market. There is no question that the Royals organization has a much better reputation around the game now. They seem to be doing many good things.

Trouble is, the work hasn’t paid off yet. And while everyone waits for the minor league system to bear fruit and for the big investment into the International market to deliver a couple of big time players to Kansas City, Dayton and the Royals have not seemed especially shrewd with the Major League roster. Last year’s Royals team was about as bad as any of the teams before. Worse in some ways. And the comedy bits keep on coming. Jose Guillen … yeah, there’s a pretty good chance he will be added to the quiz someday soon. Yuni Betancourt … he’s a definite quiz candidate. Kyle Farnsworth. And so on.

And then there’s this. It seems that a man named John Coomer is suing the Royals because … because — you would SWEAR this was an Onion story — because Royals lion mascot Sluggerrr hit him in the eye with a hot dog.

Yeah. Take a minute.

This is a real thing. The suit was filed in Jackson County Circuit Court … Coomer says that Sluggerrr — three Rs — was shooting hot dogs out of his hot dog gun like he does every game. And then, as he often does, he put the gun down and started just firing hot dogs into the crowd. Sluggerrr the lion apparently was trying to throw a hot dog behind his back* when — according to the lawsuit — he lost control of it and instead it flipping it into the crowd, he rifled it right into Coomer’s face, specifically his left eye. Coomer says this caused a detached retina, and he has twice had surgery, and his eyesight is still not back to normal. The Royals refuse comment.

*Did it HAVE to be a behind-the-back-throw? Was the image not ridiculous enough already?

My feeling about this story is really two-fold.

One, if the facts of this case prove true … what a TERRIBLE day at the ballgame. Think about it from that perspective for just one moment. You come to the yard to watch the Royals, which is rough enough. The mascot’s out there doing his hot dog throw, you’re not even paying attention, and he ends up throwing a hot dog right into your eye and you detach your retina. Sure, it’s a joke for everyone else. Sure, when your doctor says, “How did this happen,” you have to say “An eight-foot lion threw a hot dog into my face at a ballgame.” But if that’s YOU … man, that’s horrible. Absolutely, my first reaction was the comedy of the moment (and my second, third, fourth and fifth reaction too), but my sixth reaction is that if this is really what happened, then, man, I could not feel worse for that poor guy.

Two, yeah, the Royals really are getting sued because their mascot threw a hot dog into somebody’s eye. They can’t help it. They just can’t help it.

* * *

Quiz answers: 1. Kerry Robinson; 2. Terrence Long and Chip Ambres; 3. Tony Muser; 4. Trey Hillman; 5. Tony Pena; 6. Buddy Bell; 7. Desi Relaford; 8. Tony Pena Jr.; 9. Esteban German; 10. Ken Harvey; 11. Ken Harvey again — he deserves at least two mentions. He also was the Royals All-Star in 2004; 12. Mark Quinn; 13. Darrell May; 14. Emil Brown; 15. Eduardo Villacis.

gm
02-27-2010, 11:41 PM
That "professional bad" NBA team from Joisey went into the Gahden and stole their 6th win tonght.

(Sorry, Chip)

MrCinatit
02-28-2010, 12:00 AM
There's a proper way to throw a wiener into the stands? Huh.

Ltlabner
03-01-2010, 10:16 AM
I can go through the list again of classic Kansas City Royals moments, but by now I’m sure you could pass the quiz:

1. Name the outfielder who climbed the wall while the ball landed on the warning track in front of him and then bounced over his head for a ground rule double.

2. Name the two outfielders who ran toward the dugout while a fly ball landed behind them.

3. Name the manager who came to camp promising to “smile more,” thus inspiring his players to create a smiley chart for him.

4. Name the manager who has been known to ride around the warning track on a unicycle before games.

5. Name the manager who, in order to inspire his team, jumped into the shower with his clothes on.

6. Name the manager who said: “Things can always get worse.”

7. Name the player who got picked off after falling off first base.

8. Name the player who dropped a fly ball on a sunny day because he wasn’t wearing his sunglasses, and who wasn’t wearing sunglasses because “they had not arrived yet.”

9. Name the player who got hit in the face with a fly ball on a sunny day because he wasn’t wearing his sunglasses, and who was seen wearing sunglasses that night on plane ride home.

10. Name the player who faced home plate on a relay throw and got hit in the back.

11. Name the player who on a bunt threw the ball into a teammate’s face.

12. Name the player who went so long between walks that when he finally did walk they shot off fireworks at the stadium.

13. Name the pitcher who during a bad stretch complained that he could not even get a “no-decision.”

14. Name the player who shot a reporter with a pellet gun in the clubhouse.

15. Name the pitcher nobody had ever heard of who was called up from Class AA to pitch against New York at Yankee Stadium and was released two weeks later. He never pitched another game in the big leagues.

I just wet my pants from laughing at this.

klw
03-01-2010, 12:19 PM
There's a proper way to throw a wiener into the stands? Huh.

My thought exactly.