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Fan who fell at Coors Field dies

May 26, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

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Ugh.  The fan who fell from a stairway at Coors Field on Tuesday has died, reports the Denver Post.  His name was Robert Seamans of Pueblo, Colorado. He was 27.

Sadly, it seems like his death was totally preventable: Seamans was attempting to slide down the railing when he lost his balance.  The picture accompanying the article in the Post shows the stairway in question. It doesn’t look like a good place for horseplay.  The only silver lining here is that Seamans was an organ donor and his organs were able to be harvested to so that others may live.

Do yourself and society a favor, folks: (a) don’t do dangerous things; and (b) become an organ donor.

  1. steveflack - May 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    I’m not sure his death was preventable. I mean, you can’t prevent stupid.

  2. ThatGuy - May 26, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Cue the law suit against the team for not preventing people from sliding down a railing.

    • patsandsox - May 26, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      shouldnt there be some kind of protection for some accidently falling over the railing? Yes this idiot was stupid and another candidate for the darwin awards but you would think there should be a guard of some kind to protect against accidents.

      Obviously you cannot protect against idiocy so I am of mixed emotions on this. Though I do feel aweful for this mans family

      • Craig Calcaterra - May 26, 2011 at 1:35 PM

        Most people would say that the railing IS the guard. And that when you sit on it, you negate its purposes.

      • ThatGuy - May 26, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        Railings are guards. They guard the stairs so people dont fall off them. If your talking about a like a security guard person, im sure there was one at the top and bottom of the stairs, but you cant post a person every 2 feet on every set of stairs.

      • Ace - May 26, 2011 at 2:14 PM

        The only way to make stairs truly safe for all is to mandate that they be of the inflatable bouncy variety.

  3. rebarratige - May 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Kind of surprising that the girlfriend’s father’s take-away from all of this is that he doesn’t want to be on the organ-donor list anymore. I’m sure the donation process is fraught with emotional difficulties for the families of the dead, but what about a loved one dying isn’t fraught with emotional difficulties? At least they have the consolation of knowing that his death salvaged lives elsewhere.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 26, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Totally not judging here, as I have been known to knock a few back at the ballpark, but I wonder if organ donation is slowed if the medical teams need to wait until alcohol is processed out of the donor’s system before organs can be harvested.

  5. kennylee1221 - May 26, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    absolutly correct…the guy was loaded i’m sure as most ppl in ballparks these days seem to be getting more and more intoxicated. Therefore, they had to wait and then remove his organs, surprisingly, still keeping then useful.

    • tubal22 - May 26, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      That will be the basis of the lawsuit. The beer vendors should have known this guy was too drunk and should have stopped serving him.

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        Why all the thumbs down for tubal22? He’s absolutely right. I’ll take odds at double or nothing on this.

  6. kiernan7 - May 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Paging Mr. Darwin… Mr. Charles Darwin!

  7. ishiibrad - May 26, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    And this years Darwin award 2011 goes out to …… You just can`t fix stupid can you?

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 26, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    I think we have all done dumber things than try to slide down a railing, especially with a drink or two in us. Maybe this should remind us all how fortunate we have been.

    • cleverbob - May 27, 2011 at 8:32 AM

      I know I have, but not when there’s a 20+ foot drop-off on the other side of the railing…

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