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. Owen

    Didn't anyone tell these people that it's just a baseball?

    July 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe

    Just proves that natural selection is a scientific fact.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. darlene

    At this point you have to give in to the Darwin award.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. r

    This was staged/dramatized.Shame on CNN for giving this attention.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. VegasRage

    Dieving for the ball!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Faith

    Great catch to the family. Now let's stop falling over the railing, people, or they won't allow ball-catching anymore.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan

    What an idiot. Enough said.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chuck m


    July 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      Staged??? What? You don't think this country (or this world, for that matter) has multiple people who would dive over a railing, risking death, to catch a $4 baseball? If everyone learned lessons from other's mistakes, we wouldn't have the Darwin Awards! What kind of world would this be without the Darwin Awards? Now, please excuse me while I go fix a live electrical outlet with a standard screwdriver while keeping cool with my bare feet on a freshly mopped floor.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tyboy

      So very staged. Just look at the pictures and the video. It's as clear as day. Bonehead should have the book thrown at him. He should get no notoriety because of this.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charlie

    Beer, Rednecks, Baseball, and low IQ,....natural selection does work.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Payam M

      I am there with you. Some people just don't get the idea of cause and effect. I am sorry for the little boy who lost his dad but the dad was an idiot. And this one, they should have let him fall. Let the gene pool get cleaned!

      July 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OU812IC

    In one photo you can see they were drinking and he is actually standing on top of the table even with the railing and he was barefoot. He is a idiot and most likely drunk but at the same time no security stopped him from standing on top of the table barefoot. I would think that would be enough to at least cut off the booze or kick him out

    July 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tb

    That's just stupidity. A ball or anything else from a so called "celeb" is not worth it. No human (celeb) is worth anything in my mind. Money I mean.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick

    Fans saved him, and well, that and he is holding on to the rail with one hand.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      Yeah, and those fans were his brother and friends, who (from one picture) probably had a feeling that he was crazy enough to make the dive. An unprepared stranger would have never made the catch. Shoot. An unprepared stranger probably would have started the video running from his phone to catch the live shot of him plummeting to his death.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shifter

    Risk your life for a baseball and sympathy will be hard to come by from me. Stupid is as stupid does.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. J. Scott

    The worst thing here is he was nowhere near the ball.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. William

    What is the obsession with catching a ball? It's just a damn game. Besides, why is it that the guy is always some chubby suburban white man?

    July 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Worker

      Cause no onle else can afford it.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      The fascination is these people have small male organs and get a thrill by telling the story of catching a ball and being on the jumbo tron. Just imagine at the bar. Man I was at the game and no name charlie hit a foul ball in the upper deck and I got it. I knocked 3 kids and 2 other out of the way to do it too. I yelled at the top of my lungs while they show me on the scoreboard. Best day of my life man.

      What losers

      July 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • amazed @ the duplicitousness

      Bit of a racist there William? Or are you self loathing?

      July 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
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