Oct 14, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; The Houston Astros mascot \"Orbit\" during game two of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series of the Houston Astros against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park.

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Houston Astros face $1 million suit over T-shirt cannon injury

May 22, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Who wants a T-shirt from the T-shirt cannon? Raise your finger.

Last July, the Houston Astro’s mascot, Orbit, fired a T-shirt into the crowd. While this would sound like most fans’ dream, it wouldn’t be for the woman on the receiving end.

She claims that the shirt had hit her hand with such force that it shattered her finger, necessitating two operations.

She has since filed a lawsuit against the team for a $1 million.

This is not the first lawsuit of its kind — a Kansas City Royals fan sued when he suffered a detached retina after getting hit in the eye by a hot dog shot from a hot dog cannon by the Royals mascot in 2009.

The Royals argued his case should be tossed because he knew the risks of coming to the game, but the Court ruled that while there are some risks a fan assumes, a hot dog to the eye isn’t one of them.

The judge’s decision would let his lawsuit go to the jury—presumably of Royals fans—who awarded him zero dollars. 

Let’s see if the Houston jury deciding on the lawsuit against the Astros decides to give the plaintiff the finger in this one.