Mets Fan Sues Team After Being Nearly Blinded By T-Shirt Cannon

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By , WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Mets fan from Long Island is suing his favorite team after he was knocked unconscious and nearly blinded by a T-shirt cannon.

Alex Swanson, 54, says that since June 5, he fears he will go blind in one eye, according to his attorney Dustin Levine.

The Smithtown resident was sitting in the outfield with his three sons during a game that day when a T-shirt cannon launched a shirt directly into his face from a close distance.

“He's supposed to aim it upwards but in the middle of aiming it upwards, he hit the trigger and fired it into my client's face from about 15 to 20 feet away, knocking him out cold, forcing him to fall backwards and bang his head on the concrete step,” Levine explains.

Swanson lost consciousness briefly and has been told his retina could detach at any moment because of the injury.

“My client has a semi-detached retina and he says that every time he opens his eye, he feels as if there's a shining light in his eyeball,” said Swanson’s attorney.

He has yet to put a price tag on Swanson’s lawsuit against the Mets.

 A spokesperson for the organization did not respond to a request for comment.