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. Wulfbait

    This fool should be ban from the park for the rest of his life. He was standing up on the "table top" they have on the railings just before he "tumbbled". Stupid fool, hope he doesn't breed anymore little ones like him.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Thenextstep

    Well maybe a ball player will throw him another next week...............

    July 13, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. job2010

    From the pics of the previous fall I noticed that the rails at the stadium were surprisingly low (at the waist level) . Why don't they rise the rails? Just a little higher it would prevent some of this accidents.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. shachar

    Why don't the put a netting below these railings for these idiots?

    July 13, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. nofed

    They need a safety harness for seat near the edge.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kwag

    Stupid should be painful. He was very lucky and very stupid. worth this kind of fanaticism. It's a ball, for God's sake. Let it go.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. april

    has it even been a week since the guy in texas died? I find it hard to believe it is worth risking your life for a baseball.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. iServe

    Sad thing is this idiot wasnt even close to catching the ball. And then people like him breed like rabbits. Damned shame.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Amy

    It's almost worth making them pay an outrageous fine for putting themselves and those trying to save them at risk! It's a shame a dad trying to have a great time with his son had to die this way.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. m

    Just the thought that anyone could fall over to their death is scary enough. Children must be watched consistently. I would think if you are not going to supervise your child every second; they could go over, or be bumped accidentally or anyone for that matter. Of course anyone is going to try and catch the ball and these types of horrific accidents are going to continue to happen... sadly....

    July 13, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Caroline

    You would think they would learn... Is a baseball really worth plummeting to your death? This is just ridiculous.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ionymous

      I doubt anyone is trying to plummet to their death for a baseball. They're aware of the risks and feel their judgement is good enough to proceed without leading to falling. They misjudge.
      Why would anyone drive a car 60 mph knowing if you crash you may die? Because of the same judement above.

      July 13, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Caroline

      I would assume one's judgetment would be refined after the tradegy that occured. At least mine would.

      July 13, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • pastmorm

      I agree, these guys are ridiculous. Either they are doing it on purpose (after the first one died) to gain attention or they are just drunk. It's not a matter of just giving the guy a Darwin Award; the media needs to stop paying attention to these idiots.

      July 13, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • elpancho


      July 13, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bob

      You can't fix stupidity.

      July 13, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steven

    i think this one was staged ..look at their smiles and then the people with cameras just happened to be their...i dont thing it at all funny when someone actually died from trying to catch the ball for his kid...if this guy is trying to make the news to get 15 mins of fame then the front page should be label as " WORLD BIGGEST IDIOT "

    July 13, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • realist87

      THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY STAGED! Steven's right. I also noticed the smile on at least one guys face. All of them planned this ahead. Another reason it's a fake is all the camera's that were on this guy, taking pitures from multiple angles... IMMATURE and stupid.

      July 13, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. bendover

    We have to ensure the SAFETY of everyone. No matter of their IQ. OK here is what I propose:
    1. Safety Body harness for each fan higer than 10ft from sea level.
    2. ensure the harness is inspected by a certified US official who works for a certified US company with a certified truck
    3. attach new anchoring system using another certified rope which requires a certified inspector, company and truck
    4. union rules require that only 10 devices can be inspected for each certified person per day = full days wages
    5. install disposable netting that is only good for 5 days. That way we ensure good netting at each game
    6. Psych evaluation for each ticket holder If they fail they must have two safety certified body guards so they may enjoy the game like everyone else – its their right damn it.
    7. ensure every failed ticket holder has a safety certified supervisory observer – one per person per union rules.
    No play ball – let him enjoy the game the way it was intended damn it!
    oh by the way ticket prices may go up slightly until this bill of rights is passed.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bob

      Some moron would still find a way to get himself killed. But hey, it's natural selection in action. Evolution should be allowed to take it's course. I say remove all barriers, rails, warnings etc. It would improve the average IQ by quite a percentage because ignorant retards would fall to their deaths everyday, thereby taking their stupidity genes out of the gene pool.

      July 13, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • bendover

      couldn't agree more. let them cull themselves. The problem is that we are saving too many stupid people.

      July 13, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Diane

    Ron White was right – you can't fix stupid.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. GooldOldDays

    Why did these other fans interfere with nature enforcing gene pool maintenance? They should be ashamed of themselves.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
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