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. jdhartlv

    He's got that look of diss-appointment he missed the ball on his face. They should send him to Congress, he would fit right in.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shame

    Should of let him Die...One less moron.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. infonomics

    Define Fool. Repeating the same senseless act while hoping for a different outcome.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Horseman

    Obviously staged. The so called "fan" and his helpers should be fined for "extreme stupidity".

    July 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. movement31

    What a bunch of dumb IDIOTS!! kILL YOURSELF FOR A BALL..yea, thats what i want to do!! IDIOTS

    July 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. boose

    why these men love the balls so much? lol

    July 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Baseball....


    July 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GnatB

    Stupid people are going to do stupid things. Sad thing about the other incident where the guy actually died was that his son was watching.

    Which means he can't get the Darwin reward as he's already reproduced, and his genes have already been continued.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RusTnuts

    They're falling off the bleachers like lemmings now.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Exyi

    This is why there should be netting around the whole seating stadium as a preventive measure hockey has started to put up nets to stop the puck from hitting spectators when it leaves the ice . . . . the same ideas can be applied to baseball 20' nets that stop fans from being able to reach over the edge of there seats and fall causing bodily harm or death. As for thoes who want to catch the ball in the front row who now won't be able to . . . . IS YOUR LIFE WORTH A $10 BASEBALL ???

    July 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      So I have to watch the game through a net because some moron might jump to his death? Great plan.
      How about do what they did at Wrigley Field.... They have nets that extend OUTWARD about 6 feet and angle upwards and they can easily support the weight of 3-4 people

      July 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RusTnuts

      They're falling out of the stands like lemmings now. Weeeeee....

      July 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth-Bomb Thrower

      ....or baseball fans can just stop acting like idiots.

      July 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dover

      Shhhhh......this is weeding out the morons.

      July 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • doglover

      We can't protect society from ourselves! If people choose to be stupid the rest of us should not have to pay a price for their stupidity.

      July 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simone Says

      holy moley that guy's an idiot.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fernt

      is that a rhetorical question?

      July 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      the video I saw had him standing on the ledge table. Where was security? Where was his common sense my grandson knows better than to stand on a table. Was there beer involved? Maybe we should just put bumpers on all the sharp edges of the stadium. Common sense would have solved this issue

      July 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kp

      are you dumb that is a stupid idea

      July 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert


    July 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nivlac

    All for a worthless ball. Kudos to those who make smart decisions.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Diane

    This is stupid beyond all get up! I have no pity for these MORONS jumping to their death for a $4 ball! How stupid can you get!!! Idiots!

    July 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Darwinism almost claims another victim. What an idiot.

    July 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hope Gold

    why does every thread have to turn into verbal assault & name calling? are YOU that needy that you have to start an argument about race – what does that have to do with a man almost falling to his death? whatever happened to civil discourse? GROW UP!!!

    July 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
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