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Video: Texas Rangers Fan Dies Catching Foul Ball

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A fan fell from the stands while retrieving a foul ball thrown into bleachers by Josh Hamilton on Thursday. He appeared to catch the ball before going over the railing, falling head-first 20 feet. He died from his injuries.

In a remarkably strange coincidence, a fan fell at a Rangers game last year on the same day, July 7, 2010.

Watch video of the incident:

The man fell not far from the A’s bullpen.

“When they had him on a stretcher and they were carrying him out, he was saying stuff like ‘Please check on my son, he’s left up there by himself.’” Athletics reliever Brad Ziegler said. “The people that carried him out reassured him that, ‘We’ll get your son, we’ll make sure he’s OK.’ We just kind of assumed that he’s talking, he’s conscious, he’ll be OK. To find out he’s not is just … tough.”

The Rangers closed the clubhouse to the media after the game to allow Nolan Ryan time to address the team about the fan’s death.

“We spoke to them, and they understand what happened,” Ryan said. “Josh is very distraught over this, as is the entire team.”

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Discussion

20 comments for “Video: Texas Rangers Fan Dies Catching Foul Ball”

  1. Bet these announcers feel like assholes now…they act like people take nose dives from twenty feet into concrete everyday…they even chuckled. So disrespectful…I was at that game tonight too….anybody with a vid should take it down…if not in respect of him do it so his kid will never ever be able to witness it again

    Posted by blake | July 8, 2011, 4:37 am
  2. “See that splat?” What kind of an assinine comment is that you horse’s petute?? Feel good knowing that the guy DIED?? And all that in front of his 8 year old son??? You should be fired – a real comedian.

    Posted by Larry Gorman | July 8, 2011, 9:49 am
  3. Out of respect for his family, PLEASE take this video off your site. The man passed away. It’s so sad and unfortunate…. Horrible, horrible accident.

    Posted by Leigh Krenek | July 8, 2011, 10:26 am
  4. The truth of the matter is, the video will stay up forever and be replayed over and over. Look at the Kennedy assassination. Over 2000 died during the WTC attacks and we see those videos all the time. People watch the planes plunge into the towers over and over. We’re addicted. That’s just the way humanity works.

    Posted by Wring Worm | July 8, 2011, 12:24 pm
  5. What a horrifying event for anyone to witness or experience; let alone a young child at the park with his Dad. MLB and all stadium designers need to take note. with the vertical nature of modern stadiums more needs to be done with the railings. Unfortunately you see it all the time with folks leaning out trying to grab foul balls. The railings are a joke, often times lower than a persons waiste. I always cringe when I go to the games and young children or drunk fans have front row bleacher seats. They could easily kill themselves and a couple of people below them. It’s time for double railings or catch nets similar to aircraft carriers. MLB needs to step up and protect the fans that its pumping the booze to! Similar to the young girl getting hit by the puck at an NHL game. Solution protective netting…gee really!!?? Why does it take a tragic but foreseeable death for common sense action. They have orphaned one small boy…is this not enough!

    Posted by Darrell Steele | July 8, 2011, 12:26 pm
  6. Wow! These commentators are idiots! People don’t just fall 20 feet onto concrete daily! They should be ashamed of themselves!

    Posted by Ashley | July 8, 2011, 1:21 pm
  7. This speaks to how messed up people’s viewpoint of life is. A man dies, diving for a ball to give his son so that the son will have a great memory of their day at the game together. He did not even brace himself. He put both arms straight out. If he would have valued his role as Dad in his son’s life, instead of having his son think he’s cool, he would let the ball go, and still be with him. Now this boy will grow up without his Dad, and with a horrible image burned on his brain.

    I do agree with the other posters about the commentators. They are insensitive jerks!

    Posted by judy windsor | July 8, 2011, 3:18 pm
  8. It’s sad to know that idiots like this get paid thousands of dollars to sit on their rear and talk about baseball and other sports yet there this imature that it’s funny to them to see a dad fall from the stands (knowing how high it is)in front of his son and make fun of it on national T.V. We should learn to hire more respectable people than this.

    Posted by Ethan Farris | July 8, 2011, 3:38 pm
  9. Come on!!! Take this video down out of respect for his kid

    Posted by Carl Melbye | July 8, 2011, 4:14 pm
  10. That’s ridiculous Judy. You have the messed up viewpoint. You have no idea what that man was thinking. You don’t even know if he would have given the ball to his son. You don’t know he didn’t have a stroke before he fell so he couldn’t reach his arm back. Don’t be a fool and tell people how they’re supposed to see things.

    Posted by Ryan | July 8, 2011, 7:20 pm
  11. I have been to many a game, and watched people lean over for a ball. This is a tragedy.

    Another vote, for taking this video down out of respect for the family! This is the least that you could do………..

    Posted by Bob | July 8, 2011, 8:11 pm
  12. Anyone who saw that knew that poor guy was in serious trouble as soon as it happened. But the announcers think it’s a joke? They should be fired, they are an embarressment to the entire organization. They owe the family an apology too.

    Posted by Dack | July 8, 2011, 10:04 pm
  13. It’s good that this video is still on the air. I hope it will teach people to use their brains and avoid risking their lives standing in front of low rails anywhere. If not for themselves, at least for the sake of their families. After all, even when relaxing and having fun, we should always use our brains at all times. I cannot believe this guy was almost 40, a fireman, and acting so stupidly. That rail was clearly below his waist.

    Posted by robby | July 9, 2011, 6:37 pm
  14. take the video down. robby, you’re an idiot.

    Posted by Red Sox suck | July 10, 2011, 1:11 am
  15. Wow, to both Judy’s and Robby’s comments – this is a tragedy and yet you people have the nerve to sit on your high horses judging this man, as if it’s going to justify what happened. Shame on you both! You have no idea what kind of person, father this man was and your comments are so ignorant, it’s pathetic. The little boy is in my prayers. Take this video down, it’s so disrespectful!

    Posted by Lauren | July 10, 2011, 3:08 am
  16. Yea this is an anomaly and a horrific tragedy but , the announcers are announcers…just talking about what they see and calling the game. How were they to know that the fall killed him? Shit I mean he died but the announcers were just trying to make light of the situation that they obviously didn’t have full knowledge of; they have too feel horrible about the incident and what was said, but get off them. Both of them hoping that the man was ok at the end of the video. Seriously , tragedies like this happen, thats just the way life is unfortunately.

    Posted by twano | July 10, 2011, 3:09 am
  17. Thanks for leaving the video up

    Posted by Carlos | July 10, 2011, 2:42 pm
  18. clearly no understanding of the game of baseball. the anncours did not say anything that no other wouldnt have said. yeah i feel bad he died. also the video needs to but up here so others can see what happend, so they also can pay respect, words dont give it credit.

    Posted by dude | July 10, 2011, 11:42 pm
  19. Take the video down!!!!!!!!!!!!Are we really Romans watching Christians being eaten by lions? The description was enough for me to understand. This is sensationalism. Take it down, Take it down Take it down Take it down!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Sheldon | July 16, 2011, 9:40 pm
  20. LOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!11!1!!one!! he died! lolzzz

    Posted by Carl | July 23, 2011, 12:16 am

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