Tuesday, July 6, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Fan Falls From Second Deck At Rangers Game

A male spectator fell from the second deck onto field level seats while leaning to catch a foul ball at The Rangers Ballpark at Arlington during the fifth inning of tonight's game between the Cleveland Indians and the Rangers.

Texas' Nelson Cruz fouled a ball into the first row of seats in the club level along the first-base line, and the fan attempted to catch the ball before losing his balance and falling about 30 feet onto the seats below.

The fan was strapped to a stretcher and taken to a hospital.
The game was stopped for a total of sixteen minutes.

Here's the game video, shot through a television at home...
Watch the reaction from the home plate umpire...
((HT: MLB/FS Rangers/bowlinja))



2225 UPDATE: The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the fan was responsive and able to move all extremities when emergency personnel reached him. He was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital for further treatment.

Four other fans were injured when the fan fell upon them.
They are all being treated at the Ballpark.

2245 UPDATE:
The fan is said to be in stable condition at present...

2320 UPDATE:
The game just gets more and more weird...

In the seventh, a homer is hit to the grassy knoll in centerfield...
An older dude just crushes a kid into the wire fencing at the wall so HE can get the ball for himself...

((HT: Brooks))



Tim McMahon from ESPNDallas.com later Tweeted the old guy eventually gave the kid the ball...

Swell move there... and did you hear Josh Lewin say who hit the homer...?
Yup... Nelson Cruz...

2325 UPDATE: One of the first persons to come to the man's aid was Derek Dilday, an off-duty paramedic. "He was breathing hard; probably the wind got knocked out of him... No bleeding," Dilday said. "He was trying to move his neck, but I was trying to hold his neck, so movement is good and he seemed OK."

Karen Borta leads CBS11 coverage, thanks from our friends at KTVT...
Melissa Newton is at the Ballpark...
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