A trip to the ballpark, and a tossed ball into the stands turned horribly tragic this evening as a fan fell to his death. The accident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. CT this evening after a ball hit foul wound up on the field where Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton tossed the ball into section 5 in the eft field lower reserved seats. The toss was not all the way into the stands, and a male fan, reaching out over the railing, fell 20’ to the area behind the left field wall below.
The fan, whose name is not being released, was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital where he later died. To add to the tragedy, it has been reported that the man was there with his 6-year-old son.
“We are deeply saddened to learn that the man who fell has passed away as a result of this tragic accident,” said Rangers CEO and President, Nolan Ryan in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
During the postgame press conference, Ryan added that the Josh Hamilton and the whole team were, as expected, terribly distraught.
Last July, a fan fell 30 feet from the second deck of seats at Rangers Ballpark while trying to catch a foul ball. That fan did not die, suffering a fractured skull and a sprained ankle.
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