Fan OK after falling in pursuit of ball
Ambitious onlooker tumbles from stands, landing on feet
PHILADELPHIA -- The batting-practice routine at Citizens Bank Park took an interesting and scary turn on Wednesday, when a fan tumbled from the stands trying for a souvenir.Adam Eaton shagged fly balls in the outfield and tossed one to a fan near the railing in left field. Another fan stepped in front, but leaned over too far. His weight propelled him over the railing. Luckily, he grabbed the railing with one arm as he fell to the warning track, allowing him to land on his feet, rather than his head. "It was one of the scariest things I've seen," Eaton said. After several minutes, the fan was carted off the field and given medical assistance by the team. He declined a trip to the hospital and was taken home. Because he missed the first pitch, the team offered him tickets to a future game. The incident attracted the attention of most of the pitchers, who line up in the outfield during batting practice. They watched as Phillies personnel attended to the fallen fan. "He had to reach for the ball," reliever Clay Condrey said. "It wasn't to him. He lost footing and fell, then grabbed the rail. [If he didn't,] he was muerto [dead]."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.