If you've ever been to a baseball game you've seen it.
If you've ever watched a baseball game on television, you've seen it.
People will go to unimaginable lengths to get a foul ball. They drop their kids. They knock people over.
Sometimes, they lean over the rail.
Too far over the rail.
It happened at tonight's game between Oakland and Texas. Josh Hamilton threw a foul ball to a guy in the first row of the left field seats. From the reports I've read, the guy caught the ball, but leaned too far forward in the process. He fell about 20 feet and landed head first. He was conscious and asked for someone to help his son, still in his seat above. He later died as a result of his injuries.
The arrow shows the general area where the man fell. My co-worker, who wouldn't know a foul ball from a grand slam, asked why there isn't a net in that gap between the wall and outer and inner walls. I said it was probably because no one thought they needed one.
I feel sorry for his son that he saw what happened to his father. I feel terrible for his family, that they'll have to try to move on in the wake of this needless tragedy. I also feel bad for the game of baseball. Even when your team loses, a trip to the ballpark is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. This casts a dark cloud over the ballpark.
Lastly, I feel terrible for Josh Hamilton. It wasn't his fault the man fell, but I'm sure he feels awful. I hope he can recover from this unfortunate tragedy. Not for how this might affect his play on the field, but for how it might affect his personal life. We all know the Josh Hamilton story. I hope this is something he and the family can work through.
I also hope people can see it's just a baseball. Getting a "game-used" baseball is fun, but it's certainly not worth dying for.