Tragedy was apparently averted in Texas tonight despite a fan falling from the second deck of the Ballpark at Arlington going after a foul ball.
Fortunately, Fox Sports Southwest did not air the incident on the live broadcast.
The unidentified male fan who fell was transferred to a Dallas hospital and reportedly is responsive, moving and in stable condition.
The ASSOCIATED PRESS has the latest as of 10:40p ET:
A male spectator fell from the second deck onto the field level seats while leaning to catch a foul ball at Rangers Ballpark during the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.
Rangers executive vice-president/communications John Blake said the spectator was “able to move all his extremities and was responsive to paramedics.”
Texas’ Nelson Cruz fouled a ball into the first row of seats in the club level along the first-base line, and the fan attempted to snag the ball before losing his balance and tumbling about nine metres onto the seats below.
Paramedics were on the scene quickly to attend to the fan, who was strapped to a stretcher and taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital.
The game was stopped for 16 minutes and several players on the field looked shaken.
Four people in the lower deck were struck when the spectator fell and were treated at the ballpark for minor injuries.
WFAA-TV in Dallas reports the fan fell about 30 feet.