A fan has died after falling over the outfield railing and landing on the concrete behind the out-of-town scoreboard at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
A man, fell from the stands during the second inning of Thursday’s matchup between the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers. The fan, wearing a blue Rangers cap and white Rangers shirt, was sitting in the front row of the bleachers and was apparently yelling at Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton to toss him a foul ball hit by Conor Jackson. Hamilton flipped the ball in his direction and the fan leaned over, caught the ball and fell in between in the gap between the railing and the back of the scoreboard in left field.
Ronnie Hargis, a 50-year-old from Hawley, Texas was sitting next to the fan who fell. He had this to say about the incident: “I tried to grab him, but I couldn’t. I tried to slow him down a little bit. He went straight down.”
Hargis said he chatted with the fan for a bit earlier in the game and claims he was a firefighter from Brownwood, but didn’t know his name.
Paramedics got to the fan quickly and he was apparently conscious at the time. He was taken to John Peter Hospital, where he passed away.
The Rangers closed their clubhouse to the media following the game and the members of the team were informed of what had happened.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fan involved.