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Idiot nearly falls from the stands chasing a ball at the Home Run Derby

Jul 12, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

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Just days after Shannon Stone died from a fall while reaching for a baseball at a Texas Rangers game, a fan at last night’s Home Run Derby nearly fell out of the outfield stands while lunging for a home run ball hit by Prince Fielder.  He was spared serious injury or death only because his friends grabbed him by his feet, held him and then pulled him back as he dangled over the railing above a concrete deck 20 feet below.

That’s him to the right. His name is Keith Carmickle, and common sense is not his forte. His fall came after he stepped up onto the narrow metal table which abutted the railing — the kind you stand in front of and set your drink on while watching the game — and then, while still standing on it, reached down low to catch the ball as it came in. Like so:

source: AP

He missed the ball, but his momentum carried him forward and he fell headfirst over the rail. If it wasn’t for his brother’s and his friends’ quick action, down he would have gone.

Based on Carmickle’s quote after the incident, you can tell that he felt the gravity of the situation deeply:

“We caught three balls and I told the guys I was going to go for the cycle. Dude, they were really holding onto me.”

Despite his idiocy, he (a) escaped this dangerous situation of his own making unscathed; and (b) was allowed to stay at the Derby by security. Both of these factors have been added to the “evidence that there is no God and/or that He is not just and fair” side of the big ledger I keep on my desk and in which I tally the wonder and folly of Humanity as I encounter it.

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  1. theultraworld - Jul 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    It’s just natural selection taking place. It’s scary to think he probably reproduced, stinking up the gene pool.

  2. guyinvirginia - Jul 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    This is what sports has come to… People are willing to risk their lives or the lives of others for sports memorabilia or their sports teams. This baseball season alone we have seen at least two terrible tragedies, 1) the gentleman in LA who got the crap beat out of him because he was wearing a Giants jersey at a Dodgers game and 2) Shannon Stone in Arlington a few days ago. Now you have this idiot trying to snag another baseball while standing on a table now 26 feet up. The only thing that would have made this better is if he was holding a beer at the same time.

    People seem to have a sense of entitlement when it comes to things like this. They will do whatever they want and they don’t care who it impacts. What if this moron had fallen the 20 feet below and injured someone or someone’s kid? If he happened to survive, do you think he would have been willing to compensate that person for their injuries? I guarantee you he would not! This a–hole would have said something to the effect of they should not have been in his way as he was falling. He would have high fived his friends and found his way to the concession stand for another beer.

    The headline for this post is right on the money. Similar things always happen, just not 5 days after the incident in Arlington, TX.

  3. TheNaturalMevs - Jul 12, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Is it ok to hate someone because they’re stupid?

  4. bigleagues - Jul 12, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    BTW, Wire Image certainly had a night, didn’t they? How is it that a photographer had enough time to identify this potentiality and get in place to document it, but no one else had the same sense to stop this degenerate?

  5. fin16 - Jul 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    They should’ve let go.

  6. sawxalicious - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    It’s time to require fans to wear seatbelts to protect them from their own stupidity…

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