“Hey Bro, Remember That Time I Almost Died?”: Fan Almost Falls Over Fence Going After Home Run Derby Ball
During the second round of last night's Home Run Derby, Keith Carmickle and his friends got greedy. They had already snagged home run balls from eventual finalists Robinson Cano and Adrian Gonzalez, and when Prince Fielder came to the plate, they wanted to snag another.
So a barefoot Carmickle got on top of a narrow table 20 feet above a right field pool deck. Which would have been a dumb idea to begin with. But when you throw in the fact that, just last week, a firefighter in Texas named Shannon Stone fell to his death after tumbling over a Major League team's outfield fence, and it was really dumb.
This is what the worst decision of your life looks like.
You can guess what happened next. Fielder hit a towering shot Carmickle's way, but it looked like it was going to hit the outfield fence a little bit below him. He went for it anyway and missed, then lost his balance as his momentum carried him forward.
Keep in mind: he's 20 feet above Chase Field's right field pool deck. The fall that killed Stone was also 20 feet.
"I thought: I've lived a good life," Carmickle said.
Luckily, Carmickle's friends, who were all middle-aged men watching their possibly-tipsy friend stand atop a table, and were probably better prepared to grab him than the fans who were watching the game around Stone (and thus less focused on him), acted quickly.
Carmickle's friends pulled him over the railing and gathered around each other, undoubtedly happy that their very, very dumb friend was still with them. And then they did what bros do when one of them almost died stupidly: they "let out a few shouts before breaking into high-fives" and then "relived the moment with a few of the fans around them." DUDES. NIGHT. OUT.
Images via Reuters, AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Michael Chow
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