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. bart hafner

    Just another piece of evidence that humans are interfering with Darwin's laws. Let the idiot fall. Just goes to show you what a cruel world it is. The guy who should have been saved dies, and the dumbest person in the stadium survives. Lif is not fair.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Don_J

    Damn it! Now someone else will die... all because those people interfered with the process of "Natural Selection". This idiot was met to fall and should have by all accounts. He'll try it again.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. buckybadger

    How stupid can you possibly be? Its a baseball that wouldn't sell on Ebay for $5 and you want to risk your life going after it. If you can catch it safely but to stand on a table over a railing? That is just plain stupid.

    Also why is there race being brought into this? Stupid knows no race...well the human race maybe.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wahoo69

    Falling Down, Pt II... Dying for a has-been pro-sport? Stupid...

    July 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Colin in Florida

    As a true baseball fan whose season tickets are in the upper deck, I feel for these guys. However, isn't this just an example of the Darwin Awards in action?

    July 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ramtough

    Even if u catch a ball from the biggest name in baseball, if u show and tell somebody, most are gonna say u bought it from the gift shop so don't be a dumbazz and risk it all.

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

    Nice shoes.

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

      Stagged? I believe if I were hanging for my life I would drop the glove and grab a rail!

      July 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Moo

    As sad as it is for someone to die, I'm beginning to think that anyone willing to catch a baseball at the risk of dying, is a potential Darwin Award winner.

    I fail to see how any baseball is worth the risk of dying.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    And half the lawyers in Phoenix were half way through dialing his wife before they realized somebody pulled him back.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      good one.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nick

    God hates stupid people.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RGeneration

    Come on. Let nature take its course. Right??? Darwin, survival of the fittest and all that bull?

    July 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • kngdavid

      But this is where you and evolution are wrong. Nature did take it's course. Four other human beings helped the man because nature is not about survival of the fittest.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. derpt

    It's understandable. The only way to make baseball exciting is to almost kill yourself.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gman

    For those who keep harping about race, -look up idiots the one on this picture is white, fat and stupid! This is called gene pool refresh!

    July 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JesusCrust

    Did the photographer break his fall?

    July 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jmama

    after watching the video, i agree, it looks stagged...WAY to stagged...

    July 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
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