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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soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. denise

    What a fool! should have let him drop!

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

    Let's make gravity our friend!

    July 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Queen

    He needed to grip; that's why he fell!

    July 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CPW

    Is it an issue of to much alcohol? I could be ay off but to put life and limb on the line for a ball I mean ya I guess...If they dont stop this put some kind of "rough" adhesive on the bars so people dont slip. But something shouldbe done this is 2 times in a week now.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dano

    Quite honestly, everyone is making a big deal out of something that isn't a big deal. About 70 million fans go to MLB games every season, and how many did you hear of falling off of railings last year? How about last decade? Have there been many such accidents? I don't think so. Maybe I haven't been paying good enough attention. If so, please enlighten me.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeeKeeDee

      Calm down, babycakes.

      We heard of one like last week. So-o, we're talking about it.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. slickslam

    Ladies and gentiles, monkey's and reptiles, I'm here to tell you a story I know nothing about. Tonight is ladies night, for men only, admission is free, now pay at the door....ha! ha! ha!

    July 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. j

    this never happens at other more interesting sports

    July 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Flint Rock

    Since this character is still able to reproduce state
    mandated castration may be the best solution

    July 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jon

    Time for these little boys to realize catching a ball and beating out the other fans, isn't worth your life

    July 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pile of Turds

    Obviously staged. To think otherwise is a testament to one's intellectual handicap.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael J.

      Baseball is the only time a black man can raise a stick at a white man and not start a riot.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 420Activist

    You would think MLB would place some guard rails in place to avoid these in the future. Then again they probably don't wanna spend the money on fans.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug K

      FYI there was a 3 foot tall concrete wall and a 3 foot tall guardrail ontop of it, the fan climbed on top of the 3 foot tall wall.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bud Sachs

      It's simply not possible to save every loser.

      July 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangersFan

      Doesn't matter what MLB does, it doesn't make people any smarter. This dude stood on a table to get the ball. They could put 8 foot tall railings up and someone would still be stupid enough to climb it. Shannon Stone's situation was sad and tragic; but this dude put himself in that position by climbing. It's time for people to wake up to the dangers.

      July 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jan

    ...I have a friend who said she was prejudiced against prejudiced people. I guess we've come full circle...can you handle it?

    July 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teri


      July 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joey

    evolution doing its job

    July 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gort01

      Stupid men....wth...and who cares

      July 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • nopeagain

      Got it in one, joey! Got it in one!

      July 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The TRUTH


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

    It is truly a sad state of affairs when a population fixates on the most superficial and irrelevent aspect of said population. I think modern theologians would call that a "dumbing down of society".

    July 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
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