Jurors hear testimony in civil case against Royals, mascot

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Jurors are hearing testimony in a lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals by a Kansas man who was struck in the eye by a foil-wrapped hotdog flung by the team’s mascot.

John Coomer of Overland Park, Kansas, says he suffered a detached retina at a September 2009 Royals when Slugger chucked a hotdog behind his back and struck him in the eye.

The team claimed the so-called “baseball rule” was in effect and that Coomer should have been aware of what was going on around him.

Coomer sued, but a Jackson County jury sided with the team in 2011, saying Coomer was at fault for his injuries. An appeals court overturned the decision in 2013, and last year the Missouri Supreme Court sent the case back to Jackson County.