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. Hans Bromide

    Replace the people in the story with blacks and change white to black in your comments and you would be shouting that the poster was racist. Nice job idiot. Your a racist.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr S

    These idiots are the reason we're gonna end up with unnecessary rails that get in the way at these stadiums.
    Thanks guys. Thanks.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bigggs

    Teepee, go suck on some white milk – botch

    July 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dr. kush

    you sound like a fool

    July 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anobody

    Death is never funny but it is indeed a puzzle when people get hit by trains. Trains are on fixed rails going virtually from horizon to horizon, how much more information do you need? Whenever a friend of mine tries to give me his "animals are not conscious beings (not self aware) and driven only by their survival skills" lecture, I always rebut with: Yeah dude but if people are so smart and self aware why is it they get hit by trains?

    July 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BH

    What this guy did was plain stupid and he is lucky people caught him. After Shannon Stone fell over the railing people were calling for raising the railings because they weren't safe enough at their current height. This just goes to show that you can make something as safe as you can possibly think of, but people will stand on tables, get on eachother's shoulders, jump as high as they can, or find another way to hurt/kill themselves. Nature has a better solution to these safety issues and it's called natural selection... The dumb ones will be weeded out.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jessicaber

    What was the table doing there? Isn't there one stadium in Phoenix with an acronym "BOB". These stadiums need to be remodeled. This is not something that can just let go.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I don't care if I never get back.

    "...stepped on a small table and reached over a railing for a ball..."

    (Insert obvious question concerning alcohol involvement here.)

    (Insert obvious Darwin comment here.)

    July 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jessicaber

    Very very strange smile on his face too.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bdbsabvdi


    July 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      That would be you everyday

      July 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      No kidding. I mean it's bad enough it happened once but again – come on. Less beer, use your brain, buy a baseball yourself.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |

    This is obviously fake, who took photos from ALL those perspectives? (below the deck, next to him etc) This is so fake how did CNN not catch this?

    July 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |

      Other photos not posted here – same photo @ yahoo news and a few other sorces with at least 5 other shots of this guy in different stages of falling. One of the other folks holding him is actually smiling in one of the pictures.

      July 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • shaqfan

      Before you reacted to this picture and got all flustered, did you ever stop to think that maybe the reason they were watching him is because that's where the ball went? I guess it sounds crazy to suggest that maybe the people with cameras would point them in the direction of the ball.

      July 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeeKeeDee

      There is a video of it, too. It was all over the news, and on live TV.

      That said, I'd say this guy set up the whole scene. He was standing on something that went all the way up to the railing. Clearly, at the very least, he was thinking of the guy who fell.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Hurp derp, ever think that since it's the Home Run Derby that there are going to be TONS of cameras there and that they're only focusing on 1 ball after it's hit?

      Oh knowledge, how you've escaped so many people.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. anotherdayjustbelieve

    Why did they catch him!!! You gotta let natural selection run its course

    July 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Mean but funny.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    People, it's a f*$(%g baseball! Two buck at Wal-mart for crying out loud. Get a grip!

    July 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      ...and it may came with a discount, but it comes with adrenalin during ballgame.

      July 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTrueDarkOne

      It is actually a $149.99 MSRP baseball with real gold on it. Do some research before you post?

      July 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      To TRUEDARKONE really? Is it worth your life? your neck? for f's sake.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. scott


    July 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AP

    should've let him fall...

    charles darwin...

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
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