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.

Dicing with death: Keith Carmickle climbs onto a narrow drinks table in a bid to catch a struck ball at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Seconds after this picture was taken Mr Carmickle lost his balance


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."

Long way down: A shot from further out on Chase Field shows the 20ft droop Mr Carmickle would have fallen had he not been caught by his friends


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.