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Baseball fan sues team's mascot over hot dog incident

A US baseball fan is suing the Kansas City Royals after he was allegedly hit in the eye by a hot dog thrown by the team's mascot, according to US reports.

The Kansas City Royals' mascot Sluggerrr. Credit: REUTERS/Dave Kaup

The supporter claims the incident left him needing two operations, one to repair a damaged retina and the other to remove a cataract that later formed.

The Royals' mascot Sluggerrr is accused of hitting the 53-year-old in the eye with a foil-wrapped hot dog in September 2009.

Baseball teams have a special rule that protects them against injuries to fans caused by events on the field.

The Missouri Supreme Court is now discussing whether that law should apply to injuries caused by mascots.

Marriage proposal rejected in front of full baseball stadium

Baseball fans witnessed drama more associated with soap than sport at a league game in Connecticut last week when a marriage proposal went horribly wrong.

The couple were brought down onto the pitch at the 6,100 capacity home of the New Britain Rock Cats, where David, who was down on one knee, popped the question to his girlfriend Jessica in front of a stadium full of onlookers.

Believing love was in the air, the crowd began to cheer until they realised Jessica was not exactly ecstatic at the proposition.

The uncomfortable woman replied, "David, I'm sorry, I can't," before running off amid laughter from the stadium announcer.

The announcer, clearly in disbelief at the unfortunate situation, said: "Sorry, I don't mean to laugh. David, I don't think we've ever had this happen before."

Baseball's highest-paid star suspended in doping probe

Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players in a drug case.

Alex Rodriguez suspended throughout 2014. Credit: Reuters

The harshest penalty was reserved for Rodriguez, a three-time Most Valuable Player and baseball's highest-paid star. His suspension covers 211 games, starting on Thursday, and he is expected to appeal.

The New York Yankees slugger admitted four years ago that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has repeatedly denied using them since.

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