Brewers fan falls into bullpen during game in Milwaukee


Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis watches as a fan is carried off the field during the eighth inning of a game Tuesday in Milwaukee. (Morry Gash / AP)

A Milwaukee Brewers fan was taken to a local hospital after he fell into the bullpen during a game Tuesday night at Miller Park.

In a sight that has become all too common at sports events the last few years, there were several frightening moments as the man, who toppled over the railing at Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill restaurant in the eighth inning, briefly lay motionless. Relievers watched as medical personnel resuscitated him.

“He was on the ground before I started warming up,” Brandon Kintzler said (via JSonline.com). “I thought he died. We were sitting there and [bullpen catcher] Marcus [Hamel] yelled, ‘Oh, gosh!’ We saw the net [over the bullpen area] come flying down. I think the net caught him, then he just face-planted. He didn’t move for a few minutes. I thought he was dead.

“It’s not something you want to see. They’re basically giving this guy CPR and I had to warm up. It was tough. It’s not the best thing to see at the time. It took him awhile to start moving his fingers. We didn’t want to touch him for a while because he was motionless. He tried to get up after that and the paramedics told him to stay down. Security called the paramedics and they were there pretty quick.”

The fan, whom a Brewers spokesman said was conscious and alert, was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. The game resumed after a brief delay and the Brewers lost, 6-4, to the Minnesota Twins.

Last August, a fan died after a fall during a Braves game at Atlanta’s Turner Field. In late August 2012, a 20-year-old fan died after falling over a railing at the Georgia Dome during the Tennessee-North Carolina football game. He landed on another fan in the alcohol-related incident, according to law-enforcement authorities. Just over three weeks later, a man fell about 25 feet over a staircase railing at the Georgia Tech-Miami game in the Georgia Dome. He was not seriously hurt. In May 2008, a fan died when he fell 150 feet, from the upper-deck concourse to the field-level concourse behind home plate, at Turner Field.

In 2011, a Texas Rangers fan died after he fell over a railing trying to catch a foul ball thrown by Josh Hamilton into the outfield seats. In August 2012, a Texans fan died after falling from an escalator onto a concourse at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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