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by: JamieD On  Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Every fan dreams of making a great grab on a foul ball while taking in a Major League game.  The thought of hearing those around you applaud your efforts, and even the possibility of getting some television face time is enough to get most to reach a little further for that ball that is just beyond your finger tips.  However, when your seat is right along the railing of the upper deck, reaching too far is ill-advised.

With that being said, we take you to last night’s game between the Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians at Rangers Ballpark, where the following transpired during the bottom of the 5th inning.

One unlucky man seated in section 235 of the club level plummeted from the upper deck after reaching for a Nelson Cruz foul ball.  As he fell, the fan (whose name has not been released but is being described as a middle-aged white male) struck the railing on the suite level before landing on four fans seated below him in the lower bowl.  The fall is believed to be 30 feet.  Play was delayed for 16 minutes and the umpires pulled the teams from the field as medical personnel attended to the injured fans.

The man who fell was taken to John Peter Smith hospital where he was stabilized, responsive and moving his extremities.  The other injured fans were treated by paramedics at the stadium.

Thankfully everyone has survived this incident as things could have been much worse.  The reactions of the umpire (10 seconds) and the players on the field (50 seconds) says it all.




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