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The fan who fell at the Rangers game is doing OK

Jul 8, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

The fan who fell from the upper deck at Tuesday’s Rangers-Indians game is alert, joking and generally doing OK, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Tyler Morris — a 25 year-old firefighter — suffered a fractured skull and a sprained ankle, but he was conscious when the squad got to him and is doing about as well as one could hope at a Fort Worth hospital.  He tells his story in the DMN article, but it’s pretty much what you’d expect: a foul ball came his way, he went for it, lost his balance and down he went.  He remembers going over the edge but doesn’t remember the impact or anything after that.  The brain — and its ability to preserve itself and its owner’s sanity — is a wonderful thing sometimes.

Much of the article is devoted to wondering whether the rails around the upper deck at the Ballpark at Arlington are high enough.  I guess this kind of talk is to be expected anytime something like this occurs.

Personally, I think that this is one of those situations where a little more personal responsibility is probably sufficient to handle the situation.  This strikes me as a different deal than netting to protect people from foul balls.  In that situation, fans can be hurt merely if they take their eyes off the field for a few moments.  With the railing thing, it takes a bit more in terms of active, reckless agency for someone to get into trouble. No one forces you to leap or even lean for a foul ball, after all.

Ultimately, this is one of those freakish things that you hope never happens but, inevitably, does.

  1. birdmancometh - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Any word on whether he had been drinking? I hope he was drunk. I’m pretty sure his friends won’t let him live this one down…and no, it’s not “too soon.”

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Reader RichardInDallas emailed me to say:
    “AM 1310 The Ticket reports that Tyler Morris, according to friends that were with him, had one beer before the game started, and that was all.”

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