Rangers fan falls 30 feet trying to catch foul ball

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on July 7, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 7 at 12:28 AM

Did you see it?

I didn't ... usually I record the Rangers game if I'm eating a late dinner, but not tonight. I tuned in late, when the Rangers were already ahead 8-1. I heard something in the broadcast about someone getting hurt, but I wasn't paying close attention and didn't think much of it.

So, imagine my surprise when I was watching Baseball Tonight, and Karl Ravech tells me that a fan at the Rangers game fell from the second deck, trying to catch a foul ball. The reaction from the home plate umpire, the fans behind  home plate, and the players on the field tell the story almost as good as if there had been video of the fall (and I think there probably is. Fox Sports Southwest has a lot of cameras at those games; I'm guessing they have the video and made the correct

After the game, team president Nolan Ryan said this: 

"You are concerned for the individual this happened to, and the people that may have been hurt in the fall, and so I was very proud of the job our emergency people did, and they got right on it and stabilized him, took him to the emergency room. And the people that were below him, one little boy had a contusion to his face. A couple that he landed on, I went up and saw them and they were fine. And so I think we were very fortunate that it wasn't worse than it is."

So .... what's next? Do the Rangers change anything? Put up higher barriers in the upper decks? I mean, we've all thought something like this could happen (try to find me someone who's been to a game and hasn't thought about that possibility). The railings are short, and fans are way too enthusiastic about chasing foul balls. I certainly don't blame the Rangers, nor do I think they should change anything (what can they do? If they make the railings higher, the view for the fans will be obstructed). But a catastrophic event, happening in this you tube world that we live in, usually leads to over-reaction. Hopefully not in this case. And hopefully this fan turns out to be OK.

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