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, 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. Roxz80

    What sport is worth dying for?

    July 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mari

      They aren't killing themselved on purpose, it's called an accident.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      Apparently the fans are not paying attention. After the one man fell to his death, you would THINK that others would be more careful. Don't risk your life for a BALL! For crying out loud. It's a BALL. Look before you leap. Stupid people tricks, I guess.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      Stupidity is no accident.
      Maybe it's time for the ball parks to put up a moron fence around these higher seats.
      Especially since these idiots are usually drunk too.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      It's not an accident Mari, it's called stupidity.

      These people realize that they can go to a store and buy them right?? What's the difference between buying a baseball and one that was hit or thrown out of a baseball park by some guy jacked up on steroids??

      July 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickyL

      That's called an accident waiting to happen.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean


      It’s called stupidity.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      The fans should be behind a cage like the Blues Brothers in a Country & Western Bar.
      It's for their own damn good, especially when we call gross negligence and safety breaches
      an "Accident".

      The guys that installed those seats had to wear safety belts, and tether to a safety line.
      At least make the fans wear seat belts.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tony

    what an idiot

    July 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. footballfan

    Fence needed....

    July 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kleentx

    Seriously, folks, is a baseball worth your life? It's one thing to catch the ball when it is hit into the stands, but it's a totally different "ball game" when the ball is out of reach. LET IT GO!

    July 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tealmarlin

      Let it Go junior....Let it go.....

      July 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Seola

    This isn't a matter of fencing. Where Stone fell should have some netting but this jerk in this photo not only had several balls already but jumped on top of a table and went over.

    Should we all be caged up because drunk guys like this one are jumping on tables, standing on seats to go up and over and not practicing common sense?

    I also smell partially a publicity style stunt. This guy happens to get up onto a table and dive for a ball that fell several feet below where he could have gotten it and his friends happen to grab him just in the nick of time as a group, but if he fell, could have possibly been in that pool?

    July 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMMAM

      Agreed. Notice how in the picture there is no look of panic on anyones dumb and who took the pic? In a split second fall someone was able to capture a picture instead of trying to help? Doubtful.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      Well when you put it like that....let's just let them die instead of caging everyone up.
      One less brainless fool in the world would be a good thing.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dsavio

      Hey JMMAM, you ever heard of a telephoto lens? You have no idea where the photographer is.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seola

      Dsavio – that angle is from underneath. Unless he's shooting from Hades – he doesn't need a telephoto lens for a guy 10 feet above his head.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carlos

    Watch the video. He wasn't even close! Climbing on a table? Really?

    July 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeeKeeDee

      Um, yeah, he was on a table. And, yes, I saw the video.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TBC

    Natural selection...if he prefers a baseball over life, so be it...more resources for the rest of us....

    July 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terre

    I always wondered what kind of people are watching baseball, I mean it has something like 12-13 minutes of activity on average per game. Now I know.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mari

      as a apposed to watching a game where the ball moves so fast you can't keep up with it. Or you have to watch the replay to see what happened. OK

      July 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BrianP

    Staged. There just happened to be multiple cameras in the perfect place to snap dramatic pictures of it? Seriously?

    July 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Stop! Have ever look at the monitors in the stadium...everyone's on stage in that place

      July 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianP

      Not everyone has several photographers standing on the side and directly underneath them. They grabbed his feet and arms perfectly. It's fully possible he was just a drunk idiot, but the whole thing comes across as staged.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seola

      I don't think it was staged in the sense it was done by the team, stadium or MLB. The cams were following the balls. I think this guy and his friends knew it and set it up so they could get media attention after a tragedy from the same thing.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • r

      No one said it was staged by MLB or the stadium. Why would you assume that's what he meant when he said it was staged? He's saying it was staged by the fans. Staged, however, might not be the best word for it. I think they saw an opportunity to have fun and be stupid and Dramatized the situation.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Not everyone has several photographers standing on the side and directly underneath them'
      but a person with a camera usually follows the ball after its been hit so of course they were looking in the right direction at the time of the incident.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pam

    he should have fell to his death, one less weak link in the gene pool. these people are fkin idiots, they deserve to die.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeeKeeDee

      Wow, Pam, you sound like a good time. G-d help us.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fernt


      July 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tim

    bad decision to fill put quarter ounce gold nuggets in the center every baseball.... or wait, did they do that?

    July 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mmmmm

    Probally the beer throwing the judgement off. Stadium need to elevate a safety fence...

    July 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • r

      They don't need to do anything. Those fans dramatized the situation. And even if they didn't, you can't just bend over to protect idiots.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. aaron

    Keep your hands and feet on the proper side of the railing at all times. Failure to comply with common sense could be costly.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Thundercrunk

    unlike the guy in texas, this guys appears to be a drunken fool. there are pictures of this guy standing on tables next to the the railing tryin to be in the perfect spot to get a ball b4 the tumle. where are the attendants or security to tell this guy to get the hell off the table??? this guy is a complete baffoon!

    July 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rDS

    MORONS !! It's a $8.99 baseball.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
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