Fan injured after falling 15 feet into Brewers bullpen at Miller Park (photos)
Things took a turn into some pretty terrible territory during Tuesday night’s game between the hometown Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins when a fan fell over a railing and plunged approximately 15 feet into the bullpen.
The scary incident occurred during the top of the 8th inning when the fan leaned over the railing at Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill restaurant, which is located above the Brewers bullpen in the lower level section above left field.
Six EMTs just carted off a fan who fell from a lower-level restaurant beyond the left field wall. Fan responsive. pic.twitter.com/bfLhE7kb97
— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) June 4, 2014
Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler was warming up to pitch in the 8th inning, so he had an unfortunate front row seat to both the fall and the man receiving medical treatment.
“He was on the ground before I started warming up,” Kintzler said after the game, according to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report. “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 was treated on the field by medical personnel before being carted off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Later reports indicated that the fan was “conscious and alert” while being transported to nearby Froedtert Hospital, according to Brewers spokesman Tyler Barnes.
Milwaukee Brewers' Khris Davis watches as a fan is helped off the field (via @AP) pic.twitter.com/7xTgZOGHpM
— Sports Photos (@sportsphotos) June 4, 2014
Incredibly scary situation. No further information regarding the condition of the fan has been revealed at this time other than he is recovering at the hospital.
[H/T Hardball Talk, Big League Stew]