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July 07, 2011

Update: Fan falls from stands at Rangers Ballpark

A male fan reaching to catch the throw of a foul ball from Josh Hamilton went over the railing atop the left-field wall Thursday night and fell between the stands and the out-of-town-scoreboard at Rangers Ballpark.

The injured man's name has not been released. He fell around 20 feet to the concrete below him and has been transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Witnesses said that he suffered injuries to his arms.

Oakland right fielder Conor Jackson had sent a foul ball down the left-field line in the second inning, and it deflected back onto the field. Hamilton retrieved it and flipped it to the stands for souvenir. The fan went over the railing head-first as a pair of fans attempted to catch him.

The Rangers released the following statement:

"At approximately 7:30 p.m., a male adult fell approximately 20 feet from section 5 in the left-field lower reserved seats to the area behind the left field wall below.

"The Rangers are monitoring reports from John Peter Smith Hospital, but at the moment all we know is that the fan got immediate attention from our staff at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and was transported to the hospital.

 "There were no other injuries.

 "The Rangers are deeply concerned and are prayerful and hopeful for his well-being."

This fall comes almost one year after Tyler Morris fell from the club level to the lower level July 6, 2010, in a game against Cleveland while trying to catch a Nelson Cruz flyball. Morris, a firefighter from Rio Vista, suffered a fractured skull and a broken ankle in the fall, which was estimated at 35 feet.

-- Jeff Wilson and Drew Davison

 

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Pray for this fans family.

I pray that God will touch this family, and particularly his son. What a tragic loss, I have been told his son was very close with his Dad, they were best friends. I can only imagine he was reaching out to get that ball to hand to his little boy. I don't understand why bad things happen, I just pray God will put his hand on this family.

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