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. Scott

    Let these morons fall.

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

    I can't believe this dude actually is trying to make this look like it was an accident. He wanted this attention plain and simple. IT'S JUST WRONG!

    July 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RRR

    Stop filming and help the guy

    July 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Larold Rebhun


    July 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. doglover

    On the same day Shannon Stone is laid to rest this idiot Keith Carmickle stands on a TABLE and tries to catch a ball. If his buds didn't catch him and he hit his head. there wouldn't be any brain damage because HE HAS NO FREAKING BRAINS! The stupidity of some people is just amazing!

    July 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. daltxn

    What ever happened to people being held responsible for their actions? The stadium is no more responsible for this guy or any other fool who is stupid enough to pull a similar stunt than the Department of Transportation is responsible for lining every road and highway with padded walls just in case someone drives off the road. If he fell to his death, then he got what he deserved. That's just a hard truth that most nowadays can't take. Quit passing the blame to someone else and start holding people accountable.

    July 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Randall


    July 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. heliocracy

    To all of you who insisted that the last guy (who died) wasn't just being incredibly stupid and irresponsible, how many more examples do you need? These idiots are going for balls they can't get without seriously risking their lives, and it's not a tragedy or an's sheer stupidity and deserves no sympathy.

    July 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Clay


    July 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. skeptic

    Who saved the idiot?

    July 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • MyOpinion2011

      It was all planned. Watch the video and it looks planned they were greedy for their 4th home run ball of the night. There are pictures and you can see the one dude smiling in the photo shot.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Read the article?

      July 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Questioning

      Why seems a better question.

      July 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tyboy

    Look at all the photos of this and watch the video closely. Not sure that this guy isn't pulling a stunt to become famous. Not sure that he is, either. Just sayin'. The trip and fall looks a bit choreographed, and he does not look like he has the @&$^ scared out of him, which he should have. Whether this is a pratfall or not, STOOPID describes this guy.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newsreader

      I absolutely agree.. this is totally staged... there are other photos circulating where the people "catching" him are actually smiling and laughing. And the guy "falling" is practically smiling in every photo. What a slap in the face to the firefighter who actually fell in front of his son. It's obvious these guys were drunk and this was completely planned. Even looking at how the guy is being held by everyone is so strategically laid out it's not even funny.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MyOpinion2011

      We are on the same page!! Shameless and Disrespectful!

      July 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. guess

    It looks like it was staged. So i think this was fake and gay.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • tyboy


      July 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMV

      Agreed too!

      July 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fernt

      excellent description. faked and gay.

      July 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MyOpinion2011

    Ummmm. After watching the video he was no where CLOSE to the ball. Seems like he was a drunken disturbed man that had a plan with his buds to be CLOSE by for the just in case I want to be an IDIOT! Very inconsiderate after what happened at the Ball Park in Arlington. I hope and pray that the Stone family are not watching much news at all. May God be with them during this time.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • tyboy

      yep, on all counts.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jubaee

    Wow.... you'd think they'd learn.. I know it's a "great American tradition" but maybe they should just stop throwing balls into the stands. It's fine if they get hit there, but they need to do something to stop the influx of 'dumb-morons flinging themselves to their death' syndrome.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MyOpinion2011

      Obviously you dont read very well it stated " HOME RUN DERBY" this ball wasn't thrown in the stands as in the situation that happened in Texas.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • tyboy

      ball being tossed or hit aside.... if this guy actually staged this latest "fall", I hope he is highly penalized. What a bonehead. What a shame.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    I love how CNN is in love with trying to stop the tradition of throwing the ball into the stands to fans. Not gonna happen. I'm disappointed that you took down the survey question that was up for what must have been a record streak of days for a survey. It never went the way CNN wanted so they eventually took it down.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
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