Phillies fan nurses black eye after errant hot dog hits her face

The Phanatic apologized and invited her back to a game.

Mike DeNardo
June 21, 2018 - 1:12 pm
Philadelphia Phillies former player Jim Thome and the Phillie Phanatic shoot hot dogs into the crowd in between innings of game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 9, 2014.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — To be frank, this is a serious story. 

Kathy McVey of Plymouth Meeting was in the suite level behind home plate at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, when a hot dog launched by the Phillie Phanatic hit her in the face. 

She suffered a nasty bruise under her right eye and was checked for a concussion. 

For years, the Phanatic has shot duct-tape-wrapped hot dogs into the stands from a high-powered launcher, routinely reaching fans in the upper decks. Phillies spokeswoman Bonnie Clark says it's the first time any fan has been injured by a flying hot dog.

The Phillies and Tom Burgoyne — the guy in the green mascot outfit — reached out to McVey to apologize and invite her back to a game. 

McVey says she has no plans to take legal action. She just wants to warn fans to watch out not only for bats and balls that may leave the field of play — but the occasional flying sausage.