SEATTLE – A Seattle Mariners fan claims he had to go to the hospital after being assaulted by the team mascot, the Mariner Moose.
Victor Aguilar, 32, says he and his family were leaving during the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game at Seattle's Safeco Field when they approached the moose for a photo.
He saw the Mariners mascot in quite a hurry.
"I went like that to take a picture, he put his hands like that, hit my stomach, I took two steps back and people around were like, what's the deal with him?"
Aguilar claims the moose shoved him out of the way pushing him in the stomach right in the very spot where he just had surgery for a disc replacement.
"I went to first aid to put some ice on it and left Safeco Field... took me to my car in a wheelchair," he said. "After I came home, my stomach started hurting more and more, so my wife said you need to go to the hospital. So I went to Evergreen Hospital."
Six hours and a battery of tests later, doctors determined he suffered internal bruising and sent him home with pain pills.
The incident is baffling to Aguilar because just three weeks ago the moose happily posed in a photo with his 5-year-old son.
"I want them to show me they did some discipline action. I don't want it to happen to anyone else."
Aguilar says he doesn't have insurance and is concerned about the cost of the hospital bill.
The Mariners have apologized to him and offered him tickets to another game, but Aguilar says he won't be going back to Safeco Field ever again.
The Mariners say the team's mascot has no memory of shoving anyone at that game.