A fan injured at Miller Park after falling over a railing 15 feet into the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen Tuesday night was said to be "alert" while being transported to a hospital, the team said.
Left-hander Brandon Kintzler feared that the man might have died on the spot when emergency workers came to his aid in the seventh inning. Kintzler said the fan was having a conversation with bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel when he fell suddenly. The Brewers bullpen is below a TGI Friday's restaurant in left-center field.
The incident was an eerie reminder of what happened at Rangers Ballpark in 2011 when fan Shannon Stone died after falling in the outfield. Also, in July 2012, Brewers groundskeeper Jeff Adcock died after having a heart attack at Miller Park.
With the game continuing on the field, Kintzler had to warm up with the fan in peril. Kintzler described the scary and bizarre scene to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other media:
"He was on the ground before I started warming up," Kintzler said after the game. "I thought he died. We were sitting there and Marcus 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."
Life goes on? Umpires probably should have paused the game to avoid the morbidity, not to mention the insensitivity, of making Kintzler warm up a few feet away.
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