Phillie Phanatic injures fan with flying hot dog at Citizens Bank Park

Tanya Simon
June 21, 2018

The baseball team's mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, was shooting frankfurters into the crowd from his hot dog cannon during Monday's MLB game against the St. Louis Cardinals. She also suffered cuts and bruises and had to be taken to the hospital to be tested for a concussion.

McVay said she couldn't avoid being struck by the hot dog, let alone catch it, because of a shoulder injury that is set for a surgical procedure. McVay said she has a small hematoma in her eye, and that her face is sore and must be iced throughout the day. "And mostly, it's going to get worse before it gets better", McVay said. "And hard", McVay said. "It's going to go down the side of my face".

On Monday night, a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals would become extremely unsafe for a fan in the stands and she would be sent to the hospital as a result.

The Phillie Phanatic uses a cannon-like launcher mounted on a motorized cart to send the hot dogs into the stands between innings.

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To her credit, McVay understands the ridiculous nature of her injury and is taking it all in stride.

McVay is a big Phillies fan and doesn't plan any legal action.

And while she understands that her injury is rather unusual and comical, McVay still had advice to give to other fans in the stands.

She advised Phillies fans heading to future games, "Just to be aware because you never know". The team added that the Phanatic mascot feels "terrible" about it.

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