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'It Hit Me Like A Ton Of Bricks' — Phillie Phanatic Beans A Fan in the Face with Hotdog Cannon

"My glasses flew," Kathy McVay said. "It just came out of nowhere. And hard."

By Noah Hurowitz

They don’t call it the nosebleeds for nothing.

A Philadelphia Phillies fan went from cheering to tearing up when a fast-paced hotdog, hurled from the barrel of a cannon wielded by the team's ebullient mascot, smashed into her face on Monday night, according to Action News Philadelphia.

Kathy McVay, of Plymouth Meeting, PA, was parked behind home plate Monday watching the Phillies duke it out with the St. Louis Cardinals, when the home team’s large, green hypebeast the Phillie Phanatic rolled onto the field with his mobile hotdog launcher, Action News reported.

Before McVay could say “I’ll take one with ketchup,” the Phanatic launched the tubular missile in her direction and it slammed headlong — or footlong — into her noggin, she told Action News. The hotdog was wrapped in duct tape to protect it in flight, but that hardly cushioned the blow, and McVay, who said she was unable to swat away the frankfurter due to an existing shoulder injury, was helplessly planted in its grim trajectory.

"And then the next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam! It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew," McVay told Action News Philadelphia. "It just came out of nowhere. And hard."

Reeling from the blow, McVay headed to a local hospital to undergo a CAT scan and other tests to make sure she didn’t sustain a concussion, Action News reported. The injury left her with a black eye so swollen and painful that days later she was still putting ice on her face every 20 minutes.

McVay told Action News that her Phillies fandom is too great for her to sue the team or the ballpark, but she had a warning for anyone else who might get in the way of the frankfurter firearm.

"Just to be aware, because you never know. I understand a baseball, but not a hot dog," McVay told Action News, acknowledging the weirdness of her painful injury. "It gives people a good laugh, and if that makes somebody chuckle, then that's fine.”

The Phillies organization — which told Action News that their large green mascot feels terrible about the incident — has apologized to the remarkably forgiving McVay, and offered her tickets to come catch a game when she no longer requires ice on her face three times an hour, according to Action News Philadelphia.

[Photo: Getty Images]