Last night a man plummeted to his death at a Texas Rangers baseball game in a tragic freak accident. The young father caught a home run ball by reaching over the railing, but lost control falling over 20-feet. Unfortunately, his young son watched as the man hit the concrete head first. His friend tried unsuccessfully to save him, but it happened too quickly.
I must warn you the above video is tough to watch, especially knowing that he did not survive the fall. It brings to light safety issues at baseball games, since this is the second time this year a fan has died trying to catch a baseball. This is certain to cause teams around the country to revisit safety, and possibly come up with new measures to prevent this from happening again in the future.
The video circulated around networks throughout the world. While it may seem inappropriate to show, many hope it will help others understand the danger involved in trying to catch a ball. It just isn’t worth your life.
My heart goes out to the family and the small boy who had to witness his father’s death. Such a sad thing to watch.
UPDATE 7/8/11-FAN IDENTIFIED
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim of this tragic death, as 39-year-old Shannon Stone of Brownwood. Stone had been a firefighter for nearly 18 years in Brownwood.