Phillies fan injured when Phanatic shoots hot dog into stands

21 June, 2018, 10:35 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Courtesy Kathy McVay

"It just came out of nowhere", Kathy McVay, of Plymouth Meeting, told WPVI-TV.

When the Phillie Phanatic rolled out onto the field at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night in the middle of the Philadelphia Phillies' game against the St. Louis Cardinals, fans jumped to their feet.

Using his customary launcher, the Phanatic sent a hot dog to fans behind home plate, where Kathy McVay was sitting.

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

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. "And hard", she said to ABC's Philadelphia affiliate about the duct tape-wrapped snack that came hurtling her way during a game against the Cardinals. Her facial injury requires ice every 20 minutes.


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.

She's not considering legal action, she told ABC 6 News and understands why people might find her story slightly amusing.

The baseball club have reportedly offered her free game tickets when she has recovered, but we're hoping McVay also gets free hotdogs for life.

"Just to be aware because you never know". She said, "It gives people a good laugh, and if that makes somebody chuckle, then that's fine".

After her ordeal, does she have some words of caution for her fellow baseball fans? The Phillies' big green mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, who sailed the sausage into the stands with his hot-dog launching gun, the station reported. We're told the Phanatic feels awful about what happened.

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