By all other accounts, tonight's Rangers game was a great one; the team bounced back from its first two-game skid in a while to beat Cleveland, 12-1, and six of those runs were driven in by two little-used players, Joaquin Arias and Andres Blanco.
But the game was overshadowed by what took place in the bottom of the fifth inning:
The Rangers-Indians game was delayed 16 minutes in the bottom of the fifth inning when an unidentified male fan fell from the second-deck club level and into the lower bowl at the Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday night.Evidently, the fan was reaching for a foul ball when he looked back, lost sight of the position of the railing and fell. A few other people had minor injuries from being landed on (and thank goodness they were there to break his fall!), but nobody else had to be taken to the hospital.
The fan flipped over the railing before landing on his back in section 35, which is roughly a 30-foot drop.
He was conscious and able to move all of his extremities. After being stabilized, he was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.
"He's over at the emergency room having tests done," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "The preliminary indications are that it could have been a lot worse. We really don't know at this point in time. I think that obviously he'll remain in the hospital for observation. We're hopeful that what injuries he has are minimal."
As of the end of the game, there were no further updates; my thoughts and prayers are definitely with the guy, and it's good to know that so far, he's OK.