Idiot Fan Saved: Home Run Derby Tragedy Averted

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Less than a week after a Texas Ranger fan fell out of the stands to his death reaching for a baseball, a similar tragedy was averted at the All-Star Game Home Run Derby Monday night.

Keith Carmickle was standing on a narrow food ledge at Chase Field in Phoenix when he lost his balance reaching for a baseball and started to fall forward over the railing.


Fortunately, his brother, a friend and several other fans grabbed ahold of his legs and arm, saving him from a 20-foot fall.

"I stepped up on the table," he said after the terrfiying incident. "I missed the ball by two or three feet and went over. I thought, 'I've lived a good life.'"

And now that life will continue thanks to the quick reactions from those around him.

"He tried to catch it, I grabbed his legs and his brother grabbed his arms," Carmickle's friend Aaron Nelson said. "So when he went over the ledge, we pulled him back. He wasn't going down, I was holding on."


Security officers questioned Carmickle afterwards. They allowed him to stay for the rest of the Derby after giving him a warning to stay off the ledge -- something he likely would have done on his own.