Philadelphia Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

Courtesy Kathy McVay

Courtesy Kathy McVay

Wielding his ceremonial hot dog cannon, the Phanatic fired a shot and accidentally injured Phillies fan Kathy McVay when an errant hot dog hit her right between the eyes.

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. "My glasses flew", Kathy McVay, a Plymouth Meeting resident, originally told 6 ABC's Sarah Bloomquist about the incident.

The Phillies apologized to McVay on Tuesday and the team has offered her tickets to any game, the Associated Press reports.

The big green mascot came out with his hot dog launcher, and was about to launch them into the stands. "And mostly, it's going to get worse before it gets better".

Who doesn't love a hot dog at a baseball game - especially a free one?

McVay suffered a black eye, and was taken to the hospital to ensure she hadn't suffered a concussion. "And hard", McVay told WPVI. "It's going to go down the side of my face".

She also expressed an understanding of the potential humor to be found in her plight, despite her injuries.

McVay realizes some might get a laugh at her expense out of the situation, and she understands. The team added that the Phanatic mascot feels "terrible" about it.

McVay claims she has no intentions of suing the Phillies but she did caution other fans to "be aware" of flying objects while at the ballpark.

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