Baseball fan almost replays fatal fall
Other fans catch Keith Carmickle as he tumbles over a wall Monday night during the Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Phoenix.
July 12th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

Baseball fan almost replays fatal fall

On the day a memorial service was held in Texas for a baseball fan who suffered fatal injuries while reaching for a ball, a man at Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby nearly took a similar fall.

During the contest at Chase Field in Phoenix, Keith Carmickle of Kingman, Arizona, stepped on a small table and reached over a railing for a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers star Prince Fielder, AZCentral.com reported.

Carmickle lost his balance and tumbled over the railing head first. His brother, Kraig Carmickle, a friend, Aaron Nelson, and a couple of other men caught him by his limbs, saving him from an estimated 20-foot fall to the stadium's pool deck, according to the site.

"He tried to catch it. I grabbed his legs and his brother grabbed his arms," Nelson told AZCentral. "So when he went over the ledge, we pulled him back. He wasn't going down. I was holding on."

Watch ESPN video of the near-fall from CNN affiliate KPHO-TV

On a different batted ball, another fan leapt and landed in the stadium's pool with a big splash - and with the ball. He jumped around exultantly in the water, apparently unhurt.

Firefighter Shannon Stone fell to his death in front of his young son Thursday at a Texas Rangers game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Stone fell while reaching over a rail for a ball tossed into the stands by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. Stone was buried Monday in his hometown of Brownwood, Texas.

Hamilton will play in Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Phoenix but did not participate in the Home Run Derby.

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  1. Carlton

    As usual a drunk idiot looking for some stage time!

    July 13, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. scott

    Drop him.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Piggymama

    Maybe if they put a FENCE on the upper levels, it would solve the problem? I'm surprised someone hasn't tried to sue them over not having a fence.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      IThis dummy had to climb up on a table to get over the railing. And if you put a fence up, you risk crushing people to death in the event the crowd starts "stampeding" (i.e. fire). We've seen that happen in europe at soccer games.

      July 13, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Carlton

    Every post on the internet shows how deep racism still is in America today and the deceptive media and many other forums act like it doesn't exist!!! Racism and Greed, the two primarly reasons for America's downfall!!! And who did all this start with?

    July 13, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bob

      No, the reason for America's downfall is stupid morons like you.

      July 13, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. mr geezer

    wow, just wow. What was this two days ago that this happened last? This is the kind of thing that makes our government legally exclude us from doing stupid things and businesses putting up railings everywhere like we are kindergarteners or big dumb zoo animals. Way to go guy...

    July 13, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    The last guy who plummetted to his death was wearing flip-flops. In this picture, you will notice, nothing is on his feet. Probably because he had on flip-flops or sandals. Think there might be a link?

    July 13, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. jessicaber

    Now that I think about it though, if he was by the pool...a responder on here mentioned that he was by the pool. If he was by the pool I do not think that that is necessarily as high up as the Texas stadium.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. JK

    This guy was a total moron. The ball he was attempting to get was at least 15 feet away from him. Am I bad person for thinking he might have deserved to fall the 20 feet?

    July 13, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jim Bob

    Too bad he didn't fall. The average IQ of the human race would have gone up a tiny fraction...

    July 13, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scootah

    Natural section works. Leave it to it's device.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. MARKO

    c'mon guys lets get back to the subject- lets pick on the china, or something , we all breathe the same air here. the stupid clown that jumped over the rail to catch a baseball should be the one that we're picking on. the stupid race.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jim Bob

    They should remove all of the railings and barriers, warning signs, etc. and make it illegal for anyone to save someone who falls. It's natural selection in action. A lot more idiots would die, removing their stupidity genes from the gene pool. The average IQ of the human race would go up by a significant fraction.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mista Bigshot

    This guy obviousy did this on purpose to get some air time that is the worst fall I have ever seen anyone try.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    He is so cute! but he has shi* for brains.

    July 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
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