A Texas woman is suing the Houston Astros for more than $1 million, claiming she broke her finger when the team’s mascot fired a T-shirt into the stands during a baseball game last summer, according to court documents filed Monday in Harris County District Court.
Jennifer Harughty, of Montgomery, alleges her finger was shattered at a July 8, 2018, game when she was hit by a T-shirt launched by Orbit, team mascot for the Astros, KHOU reported.
Harughty is seeking an award of punitive damages, according to the SE Texas Record.
According to the lawsuit, the incident occurred during the seventh inning of the game. Harughty and her family were seated behind third base, halfway up the first deck of the stadium, the lawsuit said.
Orbit “used a bazooka style T-shirt cannon to rapidly fire multiple T-shirts into the crowd,” the lawsuit alleges. “Orbit took aim and fired a T-shirt into the stands where Harughty and her family sat,” the lawsuit alleges. “The T-shirt struck her left index finger head-on and with so much force Harughty’s finger fractured.”
Harughty went to the emergency room after the game, and said she subsequently underwent two surgeries to fix the fracture, KHOU reported.
According to the lawsuit, Harughty is seeking more than $1 million for physical pain, suffering and impairment, mental anguish and possible loss of earnings, the SE Texas Record reported.