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by: JamieD On  Friday, July 8, 2011

Tragedy struck Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Thursday night as a fan fell over a railing in the left field bleachers while trying to catch a souvenir.  After a Conor Jackson foul ball ricocheted off a seat and onto the field, Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton picked the ball up and tossed it to some fans in the left field bleachers.  After making the grab, a fan fell 20 feet to the ground below the out-of-town scoreboard.  He was conscious while being stretchered out of the ballpark, but went into full arrest in the ambulance on the way to John Peter Smith Hospital and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.  He was attending the game with his son.

The area behind the scoreboard in left field is not far from the Athletics bullpen.  After hearing that the fan had passed away, A’s reliever Brad Ziegler couldn’t hold back the tears as he talked about the incident during a post-game interview:

“When they had him on a stretcher and they were carrying him out, he was saying stuff like ‘Please check on my son, he’s left up there by himself.  The people that carried him out reassured him that, ‘We’ll get your son, we’ll make sure he’s OK.’ We just kind of assumed that he’s talking, he’s conscious, he’ll be OK. To find out he’s not is just … tough.”

It was the second fatal fall at an MLB ballpark this season.  In May, a 27-year-old man died after losing his balance while sliding down a railing at Coors Field.  The incident last night was captured on camera and shown on Oakland’s broadcast of the game.  Replays show the fan reaching over the railing and falling into a hidden area below.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the man.  Rangers President Nolan Ryan did not give details about the accident or release the man’s name, saying “we’re not prepared to speak about anything further than the accident and the tragedy.  That’s where I’m going to leave it.”

Here is a look at a replay of the incident, via the Athletics’ broadcasting station.

Hat Tip – [MLB.com]




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