Fan who took ballpark tumble cheers on the Rangers

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by CHRIS HAWES

WFAA

Posted on October 22, 2010 at 9:56 PM

RIO VISTA, Texas — The Rangers are being cheered on by a fan who nearly lost his life during a game this season.

Three-and-a-half months ago, Tyler Morris suffered a brain injury when he tumbled out of the stands at Rangers Ballpark.

He could be forgiven if he never again wanted to see another Rangers game — much less go back to the ballpark.

In July, while attending a game with fellow firefighters, Morris fell from the stands while reaching for a foul ball.

"That's the last thing I remember, honestly, is starting to fall," he said.

Surgeons placed six coils inside his brain to cut off blood flow to aneurysms. That saved his life.

"I can feel them ... in my head," he said.

Throughout it all, Morris found his way to Rio Vista's version of a sports bar, where he cheered on his team.

"I think we're going all the way," he said.

Regulars at the tavern joked that Morris is the Rangers' good luck charm. They interrupted our interview to make sure he was wearing his team shirt.

"I wore either my jersey or another Rangers shirt every game, and we pulled it off," Morris said.

But his duties as a fan are now taking a back seat. This month, he went back to work as a flight paramedic., but with a new appreciation of what it's like to be the one on the stretcher.

E-mail chawes@wfaa.com

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