Baseball Fan Narrowly Avoids Death Diving to Catch Ball

Holy crap, not again. Chasing a home run hit at last night's MLB Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Phoenix, Keith Carmickle dove over a stadium barrier and would have crashed onto a deck by right field had his brother and friend not grabbed him in the nick of time:

Trying to snare a towering shot by [Milwaukee's Prince] Fielder, Carmickle stepped up onto a metal table about 18 inches wide and reached down to catch the ball. It hit a wall several feet below Carmickle. His momentum carried him forward, headfirst over a short railing at the back of the table.

Baseball Fan Narrowly Avoids Death Diving to Catch BallCarmickle was headed for a hard landing when his friend, Aaron Nelson, grabbed his legs and his brother, Kraig, grabbed him around the arms. Carmickle dangled briefly over a deck were a couple of cameras were positioned behind Chase Field's pool before being pulled back up to his seat as the crowd above and below gasped.

What goes through your mind while dangling precariously in a manner that killed a man in Texas mere days before? "I thought, I've lived a good life," Carmickle recalled. A life so good, he judged it to be worth less than a dusty wad of leather that some rich guy smacked with a wooden stick. [Fox Sports, images via AP]

Previously: Fan Falls to His Death at Texas Rangers Game