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. QuietStormX

    When I saw them take stupid chances to catch a ball, I said I hope these people are throw out of the stadium and the police charge and fine them for dangerious choices. Another stupid white people making bad choices.

    July 13, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gregory

    I'm starting to see a pattern here. Go figure!

    July 13, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    looks like these whites fall for anything lol

    July 13, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. george

    Best. Planking. Ever.

    July 13, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dave Jintes

    It's been an opinion of mine for awhile now that the these walls need to be raised in all stadiums, A glass addition to avoid removal of the first row of seating. The walls must be raised above a humans center of gravity. It surprises me this hasn't been done already, given that in the case of residential or comercial building, code dictates the wall be around the four foot height depending on the code in that given area.

    July 13, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. John


    July 13, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Little Miss Muppet

    I'm starting to wonder if baseball fans are not quite as intelligent as the general population.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    There is one comment above that illustrates two terrible truths about our nation.
    It says, "he should have fell to his death," and goes on to state that the man deserved to die for the betterment of our gene pool.
    1. That someone in this country could write, "he should have fell," shows one major reason for the USA's economic plight.
    2. The writer's opinion about the death's contributing to the betterment of our gene pool is absolutely correct.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. MIke T

    Darwin at work.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Paul NYC

    Here's a strange idea: How about drinking less beer at a game so that you can make better decisions in life? That might work.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. bigballer

    Sad to say these guys are getting more stupid everyday for $5 baseball no lif eis worth that. at each game when entering the stadium each kid under the age of 13 should get a free ball so they don't have to reach over the rail. People it is not worth your life. come on now!!!!

    July 13, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      It's people like this that make me thankful I have common sense. But unfortunately these people are going to screw everything up for us at sporting events and other fun activities that we do. They have people search through your bags before games, they should have an idiot examination. Ask when entering the gates "When I see a ball being hit to me I will?" And if they answer that they would put their life in jeopardy, write idiot on their forehead.

      July 13, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. guy


    July 13, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. AO

    I guess he missed the news, they should have let him fall maybe he'd pay more attantion.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. JR

    CNN, why do you still have this comment section on all articles? It just seems to attract the world's most ignorant. I don't know that I've ever seen a thought provoking comment anywhere on these threads. Every single articles quickly spins into hate and petty arguments. There has to be a better way.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • S==GKM

      Love your post JR!! BEST POST EVER.. SOO TRUE.

      July 13, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. mortimer

    Maybe they're trying to commit suicide on the sly .

    July 13, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
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