During Tuesday night’s Indians-Rangers game in Arlington, Rangers Ballpark fan fell from the club level on the second deck of the stadium to the seats below when he spotted a foul ball coming his way. That time the game was delayed for more than 15 minutes and the emergency crews carried the fallen man.
Like most fans, he was super excited about the chance to catch a freebie and leaned over the rail to get it. The fan fell over the railing, and he was unsuccessful and flipped backward to the seats about 30 feet down.
Rangers Ballpark fan has been reaching for a foul ball off the bat of Nelson Cruz when it caromed off the facade of the stadium. The fan then, with his back to the field, reached up and over his head, losing balance in the process and tumbling over the railing.
Both the crowds as well as the ballplayers were shaken due to the fan’s fall. It had to be so scary to see someone fall from the upper deck. It is scary!
It happened along the first base line in the bottom of the fifth inning during a game with the Cleveland Indians.
One TV announcer said in the moments after the fall “It’s a tough scene at the ballpark right now.”
The Rangers’ Nelson Cruz hit the ball into the first row of seats at the Club Level. A man tried to snag the ball before losing his balance.
An announcer said the fan tried to grab the railing of the suites below his deck, but couldn’t. Witnesses said he cartwheeled through the air and fell to the field deck about 30 feet below.
However, this is not a laughing matter at tonight’s Rangers Texas and Cleveland Indians issue of Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz hit a foul ball in the second deck of the stadium and sent a fan who tried to capture by falling into the lowest level.
Video of the incident was not broadcast, but gasps from the crowd, umpires and announcers could be heard as the accident happened.
Four other fans were injured and were being treated at the stadium, Rangers officials said.
Rangers executive vice president/communications John Blake later said that the spectator was stabilized, “able to move all his extremities and was responsive to paramedics.”
One of the first persons to come to the man’s aid was Derek Dilday, an off-duty paramedic.
Dilday said, “He was breathing hard; probably the wind got knocked out of him… No bleeding.” Dilday added, “He was trying to move his neck, but I was trying to hold his neck, so movement is good and he seemed OK.”
A Rangers spokesman said the man was able to move all his extremities and was responsive to paramedics.
Emergency personnel attended the unidentified man away on a gurney at about 8:35 p.m. He was rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment.
Rangers broadcaster Josh Lewin reported that the fan who fell was “stabilized, responsive, and moving all extremities.” He said four other people who were hurt in the incident were being treated at the Ballpark.
Umpires resumed the game after a 16-minute delay. The Rangers won 12-1.
A witness said the ball sailed above the fan in section 235. He reached out to catch it as it caromed back toward the field, went over the railing, tried to catch himself on the lower suite level and flipped backward onto the seats about 30 feet below.
Video of Spectator Falls From the Second Deck At A Baseball Game from Youtube: