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. Martoon

    Idiot! That ball was at least 10 feet beyond where he ended up. Time to buy glasses and a brain.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Americants

    Typical stupidity of AmeRomans. "Idiocracy" coming to fruition. What a retarded nation.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mfhpr

    Man, people are truly stupid. All for a baseball. How dumb have we become...

    July 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DC603

    This isn't almost the same thing. This idiot climbed ONTO a table to try to reach over the railing.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Americants


    ...coming to a town near you this summer!!!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • HineyLick

      I once had a baseball hit me SQUARE in the behind ... and it hurt like heck. If I hadn't been wearing clothes it would have gotten lodged in there, I'm sure. So that gives you something to think about next time you want to chase baseballs for a living.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Could someone please come up with a new, not-overused, non-cliche´term other than "idiocracy" or "Darwin Award."

      July 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmmmmm

      If I was named after a toilet, I certainly wouldn't be berating others. I would probably just try to blend into the background and not cause waves.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • XsamiX

      best post of the month

      July 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. romicat

    Why don't we just go along with the adage of "Survival of the fittest". As tragic as the death is, if one is stupid enough to put themselves in harm's way for a BASEBALL then that person also deserves the consequences. We don't want these individuals contributing to the gene pool do we?

    July 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neel

      The guy already contributed to the gene pool. He had a six year old son.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. troll papa

    Dur hello my name is george, dur. I always wanted a bunny rabbit dur. Which way did he go dur.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    C'mon people, we should already know that fences don't work in arizona!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. d

    You can just look at that guy and tell how stupid he is. Maybe letting these idiots fall would stop them from reproducing and passing on their "I'm a moron" trait. Survival of the fittest imo

    July 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Who knew that... was such a violent sport?

    July 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kevin B

    Call me a cynic, but that sure looked staged to me.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    Luckly he was wearing a belt.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zero1020

    Just put 20 ft deep pools around the bottom of the stands. Problem fixed. 30FT is the dead zone for falling.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Where have you ever seen a black man actually smoking crack? You live in the ghetto, or are you just talking about what you've seen in every cop show ever made?

    July 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      I've seen white boys snort coke...Ive seen white boys pour rubbing alcohol into an igloo full of melted popsicles and drink that sht...I was a secrutiy guard at a private dorm at fla state univer...

      July 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • blknight

      teepee you are an absolute moron! good work being a low paid security guard for a "private" dorm! wow i bet you were so awesome at it and never saw a black person do something dumb! you're an idiot.

      July 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lolz?

      john: "Where have you ever seen a black man actually smoking crack? You live in the ghetto, or are you just talking about what you've seen in every cop show ever made?"

      Uh, I guess you don't get out much. Try any corner of San Francisco and you'll see all sorts of drug use going on. Meth, heroin, crack, you name it and it's there destroying people.

      But no. You're right. Drugs are made up. Cop shows are fake. And the cracked out black guy? He's just an actor working for the Man, making sure you keep in line.


      July 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • AO

      lol nice

      July 13, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. IconXs

    I disagree that it was staged but it was not smart to be standing on the edge of a ledge made for drinks. The back shot makes it look like he was on a surf board (for those who have seen all the pictures). Almost a guarentee he was falling one way or another going after any ball on that slippery counter top he was on.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • r

      They're comfortable holding him there. No one looks to be in danger or worried about him actually falling.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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