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Published July 12, 2011
Man Nearly Falls Headfirst Trying to Catch BallUpdated: Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011, 10:40 AM EDTPublished : Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011, 7:52 AM EDTPHOENIX - It was a close call Monday night during Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. Phoenix nearly had a repeat of last week’s tragic fall at a Texas Rangers game. A fan lost his footing trying to catch a ball, but luckily, he was saved -- just in time. Keith Carmickle was looking to add another home run ball to his collection. He had his shoes off and was ready to catch a ball. He and his brother and a friend had already caught three balls at the Home Run Derby. When Milwaukee Brewers' Prince Fielder hit one out into right field, he saw his chance. Carmickle climbed up onto a metal table about 18 inches wide and reached out for a catch. He missed the ball. It ended up hitting the wall a few feet below him. When he went to reach for the ball, his momentum pushed him forward, and he went headfirst over the railing. He was heading for a hard fall, but his friend grabbed his legs, and his brother grabbed him around the arms. With the help of a few fans, they were able to pull him back to his seat, allowing him to escape a fall of about 20 feet. During the entire ordeal, Carmickle never dropped his beer.