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, AZCentral.com 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.
Should restrict all stadiums to one level.
shame we can't get them into the stands before they have kids.
then they could catch more than one reward.
If only Darwin could see this.
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.
I don't know what to say, I just don't know what to say....it seems useless. People are just determined to do harm to themselves. I just don't get it. And I never will.
Marion barry, mayor of dc, did it on the news.. Unintentionally, of course. But most might be too young to remember..
Was he "high" that day? I remember I used to see him at the 55 Club all the time "...ahh git it git it!"
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.
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?
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.
Really?!? Are we d*mn serious right now!?!
good lord, why dont these clowns just go buy a stupid baseball and SAY its from the game, can it really be that important....men!
Amen to that ðŸ™‚
Let him go, let him die
I am the law
Because you're around?
In this way, humans are a bit like the family dog. Willing to do anything to fetch a ball.
Very true. And they will stand around panting and squirming, hoping the ball will get to them soon.
Not to worry, it looks like he may land on his head.
... he is lugging around a bucket isn't he?
You can't keep idiots from doing stupid things, stop blaming the players on this one.
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.
Women will remain ball-less