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. TexRex96

    Staged or not, does it really matter? Is one any better than the other? American idiot, indeed. I'm surprised these folks can tear themselves away from Fox News for three hours to catch a game...

    July 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. B.D.

    I'm black and even I'M offended at the "white folks" comment. Retards come in ALL flavors.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Velo

      So you don't approve of racism but you participate in ableist comments in the same retort. Awesome.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • hehe

      Let me get this straight you hate racism but tolerate and promote the discrimination of those who are mentally impaired?

      July 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Too legit, too legit to...start

      My first post in reply to your:
      "I'm black and even I'M offended at the "white folks" comment. Retards come in ALL flavors."
      must have violated the "rules of conduct" so, I'll try again.
      While I agree with your that Teepee's remarks are offensive, it's also offensive to use the word "retard". The fact that you are offended by the racist teepee, but not by your own word usage strikes me as a person whom only post to make a "smart" remark, but doesn't truly feel offended by racism, bigotry and biases towards any people in general.
      For the record, I'm neither white nor black; I'm Latino. A member of the human race, like all of you and sadly, like teepee as well.

      July 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • j-tho

      i love when people try to sound smart by using "whom" ~ but do it all wrong.

      July 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grammar

      To whom are you referring?

      July 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bob

      I love it when stupid people like you make comments about something they obviously know nothing about.

      July 13, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • SharkMan2

      Sara Palin, is that you?

      July 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Specter

      You are a retard

      July 13, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bob

      Ok, you're not a retard. You're a moron.

      July 13, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bob

      Ok, you're not a retad, you're a moron.

      July 13, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Fernt

      well said. not politically correct, but well said.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeopleWhoComment2articlesOnlineRIdiots

      Well I'm offended by your use of "retard". Don't be a hypocrite.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MARKO

      SO , just because yout black you feel that you should be affended over the comments, what the hell is the difference what race you are, who cares? i don't care if your purple, we're all affended.

      July 13, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • MARKO

      he who falls over wall to cath ball, has balls but no brains

      July 13, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. ProperVillain

    "....stepped on a small table and reached over a railing..."
    Darwinism in motion.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      How did he sneak a table into the park?

      July 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. iho

    @Pete Fanortney – race shouldn't matter at anything. I don't agree with AJ but everytime there's a story involving black people, there are always racist comments. Imagine the comments if that guy in the photo were black or hispanic.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • no

      There is no reverse discrimination, there is only discrimination.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • i'll pass

      so true, i never understood the concept of reverse discrimination because its stupid.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chan

      There is no "reverse discrimination"... O yes there is...n the crutch is gettin old

      July 13, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel M

      Exactly. Reverse discrimination would be the absence of discrimination (a good thing). If you discriminate against a certain race, it's discrimination. It doesn't matter what race you discriminate against.

      July 13, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. B.D.

    What this photo doesn't show is that this dumbazz was standing on the table that runs along the edge of the wall just before he lunged at the ball as seen here:

    July 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Let's face facts. As long as there are low railings on upper decks in these ballparks, there will be single-minded idiots who will throw themselves and their lives at trying to catch a fly ball. Sooner or later one of these ball parks is going to get sued for having an inherently dangerous situation that invites injury and death.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Sometimes people need to just let nature take its course. Darwinism is dead.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hryan

      Open and obvious doctrine; no recovery. Not saying someone won't try to sue, but they will fail.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Maire

    I do not mean this as any disrespect... but you – yes you- almost became ANOTHER STATISTIC. You were lucky. Next time– Use the Ledge for it's Purpose. Insurance companies pay off for ACCIDENTS.. NOT Lack of Common Sense.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    rDS, the article says he lost his balance after stepping up on a small table. If I can read, why can't you?

    July 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. herpityderpity

    I love all the comments saying "its just a cheap baseball." Homerun Derby balls, and balls hit by big stars are worth a lot more than the ones you'll find at your local Wal-Mart.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Pap

      Like paying with your life.

      "Wow, is that a ball hit in the home run derby?" , "Yeah, my Dad caught it but then fell to his death, cool hey?" "Yeah, I wish my dad was as cool as your dead dad was."

      July 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Too bad they caught him. Go Darwin!

    July 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Spider

    Let's not compare this idiot to that of Shannon Stone. Shannon leaned over a railing that was at his waist but fell over. Where as this idiot actually jumps on the the railing. Basically avoiding his only safety device to keep him in the stands.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Thank you for pointing that out. It was a completely different situation, which this article does not adequately emphasize. Shannon Stone was not reckless, just tragically unlucky. This idiot was reckless and lucky.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • rcs0469

      Haven't read all the comments but am I the only one who noticed how staged that looked? That wasn't a trip, stumble or fall... it looks as if he was about to lay down and stretch out to catch a ball that wasn't even close by him. If a person will risk injury to catch a baseball how far will they go for 15 minutes of fame. Maybe he was just drunk and moving in slow motion to try and catch a ball that Stretch Armstrong might would have caught.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter Ramsay

    There are some life lessons that can be learned from reaching too far for some things in life. Read more on Shannon Stone's tragic death as he reached hard to give his son Cooper a souvenir for life. Continue to pray for Shannon's family in their overwhelming loss. Copy and paste this link into your browser:

    July 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Moron should have been theown out of the park for acting like an ass and standing on the table, This guy and his friends just wanted some media attention...

    July 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HRH banasy


    That was a JOKE?
    Oh. Well.
    I guess I'd better get back to my Möet and caviar...batter up!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kallen

    I hope no legal action is taken by the government. If people are too stupid to figure out that leaning over the railing could kill you that is there problem. The government cannot protect us from everything.. nor should they. Land of the Free.. remember?

    July 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jim otis

    He wasnt even close to the ball. This was all a stunt and a sick joke. This makes me sick

    July 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
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