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Fan Falls From Stands at Baseball Game

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 7, 2010 by raingeg

Here’s some the story from mlb.com:

ARLINGTON — A male fan fell from the second-deck club level and into the lower bowl at the Ballpark in Arlington in the fifth inning of the Rangers’ 12-1 win over the Indians on Tuesday. The incident delayed the game 16 minutes as ballpark personnel tended to him and four other injured fans.

The fan flipped over the railing before landing on his back in section 35, which is roughly a 30-foot drop.

He was conscious and able to move all of his extremities. After being stabilized, he was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

“He’s over at the emergency room having tests done,” Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. “The preliminary indications are that it could have been a lot worse. We really don’t know at this point in time. I think that obviously he’ll remain in the hospital for observation. We’re hopeful that what injuries he has are minimal.”

The man was sitting in the front row of Section 235 and was reaching for a foul ball that had sailed over his head and caromed back toward the field. According to a witness, the man turned his back to the field, reached over his head for the foul ball and lost his balance.

Four other fans were treated for minor injuries related to the fall, but none was taken to the hospital.

This video is very interesting. From the perspective that we have here, which is a view of the umpire, the players, the voices of the announcers and a select group of fans, what happened was obviously something that was not good.

But just the sound of the shear terror that comes from the crowd all at once is something to think about. Also the players that you see instantly praying. It just really struck me, how similar yet differently all of these people reacted to this. I don’t want to over analyze this video yet, but it deserves some thought.