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Man dies after falling from upper deck at Turner Field

Aug 12, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

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11:16 PM: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is now reporting that the man died after he was taken to the hospital. Just awful.

10:11 PM ET: Terrible news out of Atlanta this evening. According to Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a man is in critical condition after falling “at least 30 feet” from an upper deck at Turner Field. His name has not been released. Police said he was transported to the hospital around 9 p.m. ET.

There aren’t many details right now, but the fall occurred during a lengthy rain delay prior to tonight’s game between the Phillies and Braves. Here’s an announcement from the team:

There was an accident earlier tonight at Turner Field with a spectator falling from the upper level. The spectator has been transported to the hospital. The Atlanta Police Department are investigating.

We’ll pass along more information when it is made available.

  1. 4512dawg4512 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Since he went over the rail could that be considered a home run?

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      Dude just no.

    • kitnamania13 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      It would be a ground-rule double, because I think he bounced first.

    • baseballici0us - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      You’re an effing asshole, dude.

      • baseballici0us - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        both of you

  2. multiplemiggs - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    This is good to hear.

  3. nobody78 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    DJ, Craig, et al., maybe you should turn off the comments when you have posts like these. I’m sure it’s only a couple of people, but it seems to get very ugly, embarrassingly ugly, pretty much every time.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Who is to judge what is acceptable or not? You want that go to PFT.

      The thumbs up/down system is more than sufficient. Its not like we are getting YouTube like comments. And where do you draw the line on what articles should be commented on?

      • josemartez - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Hard to say but maybe when things start to get out of hand just disable the comments. The negativity is awful.

      • ccshocktalk - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        Tfbuckfutter- if you’re incapable of discerning what kind of articles should have comment sections on them, you should probably stay away from mass media all together so you don’t end up embarrassing yourself or looking like a complete @sshole, like you do now.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        josemartez, That’s my point….who is to say at what point? A lot of people hate A-Rod. Those articles get pretty negative. Maybe disable comments on ALL Yankee threads?

        ccshocktalk, I don’t feel your comment has any place in polite discourse. Or were you going for irony?

      • yahmule - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        I find the internet encourages you to compartmentalize your feelings, especially in regards to message boards. Comments that would seem normal or tame on boards like Deadspin come off harsh in this setting. Some boards completely eschew empathy or sentimentality, but I don’t believe that means the people posting on them are devoid of those qualities. Having that attitude on this board is to willingly accept the troll label. Trolls have a hard time finding much long term diversion here, though. The core group is too smart and net savvy to give them enough play to make it worth their while so they get bored and drift away. The dopes who make insensitive comments after some tragic event are pretty unavoidable on any board that carries a decent amount of traffic. Generally, these are young people who have never actually experienced real loss in their lives. The best course is to ignore them, but after almost 20 years online, I still ignore that piece of advice from time to time.

      • ccshocktalk - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Douche bag, how can you compare making fun of people dying and talking smack on A-Rod? It’s not even in the same realm of distaste. Talk all the smack you want about someone, and it can be as classless as possible and it still doesn’t scratch the surface of what you do by making light of a situation where someone died.

        Do society a favor and don’t procreate.

  4. steelers88 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I don’t want to sound insensitive but how do you fall off over the railing? This is like the second time this has happened at Turner Field. I mean I have never been to Turner Field so I wouldn’t what it’s like. Anyway my prayers go out to this mans friends and family.

    • sillec28 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      The first time this happened at Turner Field alcohol was involved. It wouldn’t be a complete shock to learn that it was involved here too, especially since there had been a rain delay. But regardless, it’s a tragic accident. Nobody should feel the need to post something they think is clever or funny but which actually just reveals them to be immature jerks.

  5. jjohnb5393 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    The railing up there is way past waste high…..I’m 6’1 and it’s fine… can’t cage people…..someone tragic happened , for sure….but the facility…owned by the city of Atlanta ….can’t be blamed….like blaming Florida for an ocean drowning

  6. steelers88 - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I think they said they don’t think fowl play was involved. So that makes me wonder if this guy was heavily intoxicated.

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