Kingman man almost duplicates Texas tragedy
KINGMAN - Less than a week after a fan died from a fall while trying to catch a tossed ball at a Texas Rangers game, a Kingman man was photographed Monday hanging over the railing trying to catch a ball at the Home Run Derby as part of the All-Star festivities at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The Associated Press identified the man as Keith Carmickle. Carmickle was photographed hanging over a railing in the stands behind right field as several men grasped at his leg and ankle in a bid to catch a ball hit by Milwaukee's Prince Fielder.
Carmickle told the Associated Press he was standing on a metal table when he lost his balance. Carmickle was at the event with his brother and a friend.
A photograph taken by an Arizona Republic reporter directly behind Carmickle presumably right before he lost his balance shows him standing barefoot on a thin metal table wet from spilled beer.
"I stepped up on the table, I missed the ball by 2 or 3 feet and went over," Carmickle told the AP. "We caught three balls and I told the guys I was going to go for the cycle. Dude, they were really holding onto me."
The Miner was unable to reach Carmickle Tuesday.
No one in the pictures taken by the reporter looks panicked and at least one man was smiling as Carmickle hung horizontally over the railing.
The AP said the men were reprimanded by security but allowed to stay at the game.
The incident occurred four days after 39-year-old Shannon Stone fell over a railing at a Texas Rangers game and later died after he was tossed a ball by outfielder Josh Hamilton. The man fell 20 feet, the same distance between Carmickle and a deck below at Monday's derby.