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. Code Official

    Should restrict all stadiums to one level.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JREwingSr

    shame we can't get them into the stands before they have kids.
    then they could catch more than one reward.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jerseygirl

    If only Darwin could see this.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. VT

    I have watched this over and over again on ESPN. I don't think he fell. If you watch his actions and the actions of his family throughout the night, standing on tabletops, this move looked pretty orchestrated and no one was in a panic, they were smiling. I don't think this guy was actually at risk but it was in poor taste considering the recent tragedy.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    I don't know what to say, I just don't know what to seems useless. People are just determined to do harm to themselves. I just don't get it. And I never will.

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

    Marion barry, mayor of dc, did it on the news.. Unintentionally, of course. But most might be too young to remember..

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

      Was he "high" that day? I remember I used to see him at the 55 Club all the time "...ahh git it git it!"

      July 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bonbon

    all they need to do to stop the falls from being fatal is the put a strong net in between the walls to catch the dummies who just have to have a ball. I hate that they are thinking about ending a long tradition of catching fly balls or infield tosses. this is an American game and people have been catching balls in the stands since baseball started, don't take that away because of this. just put up a net to catch the fallers and balls.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Nets would only encorage the morons to jump. People would jump on purpose. Here's a better idea: Let them fall. The death of a few sports-crazed idiots will benefit the human race. Diving out of the stands for a baseball should absolutely come with a price. No difference from jumping off the third floor of a building... what do they expect to happen?

      July 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don_J

      No... don't do that, then you'll see them on ESPN diving to catch a ball because they know there's net to save them. I say this fool should have been allowed to fall.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Geoff Hamilton

    Really?!? Are we d*mn serious right now!?!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gunther

    good lord, why dont these clowns just go buy a stupid baseball and SAY its from the game, can it really be that!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drea

      Amen to that 🙂

      July 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Judge Dredd

    Let him go, let him die

    I am the law

    July 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe in Colorado

    Because you're around?

    July 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Eibz

    In this way, humans are a bit like the family dog. Willing to do anything to fetch a ball.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia

      Very true. And they will stand around panting and squirming, hoping the ball will get to them soon.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tilmeismoney

    Not to worry, it looks like he may land on his head.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don_J

      ... he is lugging around a bucket isn't he?

      July 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    You can't keep idiots from doing stupid things, stop blaming the players on this one.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Drea

    I notice it's only men that are jumping over railings to catch baseballs. Boys will be boys...and women will stay safe thank you very much.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • happy

      Women will remain ball-less

      July 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
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