Texas Rangers Fan Dies Trying To Catch Ball

4

Almost a year after a similar incident, tragedy struck again at a Texas Rangers game Thursday night when a fan fell over a railing while trying to catch a ball.

The fan, who was not identified, flipped over the railing of the outfield seats. He fell about 20 feet — crashing head-first into an area near a scoreboard as his horrified son watched.

The man was rushed to a hospital where he died, the Arlington Fire Department said.

Major League Baseball officials said the incident occurred in the second inning of the game at Rangers Ballpark after star outfielder Josh Hamilton threw a ball in the stands for fans.

Another fan who was sitting near the victim saw him leaning over the rail. The second man tried to grab on to victim’s shirt, but could not hold on.

The fall, captured on video footage, shows the victim’s son — decked in a Rangers hat and t-shirt — reaching towards his father as the man tumbled over the railing.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that the man who fell has passed away as a result of this tragic accident,” said legendary former pitcher and Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

One fan who saw the fall described the incident to CNN affiliate WFAA.

“Just as the ball hit his hands, it kind of threw him off balance and he went head-first,” he said. “It looked awful because you knew there was no way he was going to land on his feet ”

The incident occurred almost a year after another fall at a Texas Rangers game.

On July 9, 2010, a fan fell from the second deck of the ballpark while trying to catch a foul ball.

The man, Tyler Morris, survived the 30-foot fall but fractured his skull and injured his foot and ankle.

“Somebody had to have been watching over me from above,” Morris later told reporters.

(Source: CNN)

4 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think this article fits into the category of “YESHIVA NEWS”!! As time goes on this site looks more and more like any other non jewish site. cnn, ny post etc. We need a complete FRUM website!! iy’h one day.

  2. Why do you have to post this photo? A little boy just watched his father die. Do we have to stare at the photograph of the father hurtling to his death in front of his son? Where is your sensitivity to human tragedy?

  3. I was at the Rangers game last year when the fan fell. My wife and kids and I all saw it happen. I’ve never seen anything like it. A hush fell over the ballpark that last an hour or so. Baseball is not fun when you think somebody has died. In that case, the man fell about 35-40 feet from the upper deck to the lower. It did not look survivable. But as this article references, he did indeed survive. Interesting that the man who fell there last year, and the man last night were both firefighters.

  4. mr. teshuva2011 (#1) please tell me why exactly do you need a totaly FRUM website while knowing exactly whats going on on cnn and the other goishe websites, besides that internet is u’sor by all torah authoritys (except for bussiness!)