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Squirrels fans react to recent baseball death

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It's the video everyone's talking about and no one can believe. A baseball fan falls to his death trying to catch a ball at a Rangers game in Arlington, Texas. The man fell about 20 feet, right in front of his young son. The tragedy was the talk at The Diamond Friday night.

It's was a sad day for baseball fans at The Diamond and not just because of the rain delay. Friday night almost everyone we spoke with had heard about the baseball fan in Texas that fell to his death trying to catch a ball.

"I heard about it on ESPN this morning," said one fan.

"I saw it on Yahoo! and then I saw it on MLB Network," said another.

"I was listening to the sports--local sports on the radio and heard that the fan had fallen," said another.

Richmond Squirrels fans were still talking about the accident as they waited for the rain to let up at The Diamond. They all understood a fan's excitement trying to catch a foul ball.

"You just get caught up in the moment of the game! Here comes the baseball! It's just a human reaction," said one fan.

"They want that ball," said Wayne Wright. "They want a game ball! I'm an usher here and we're here to prevent people from hanging over rails and what not."

For the Squirrels Vice President, Todd Parnell, preventing an accident like this is a top priority.

"We try to make sure that the ushers keep an eye on people as they're getting close to the railings and things like that," said Parnell.

And as fans wait for a makeup date for Friday's game, they're taking this tragic situation and turning it into a sad but serious lesson learned.

"Be careful," said baseball fan, Scott Burner. "You're here to have fun. If you're in a place that's high up just be careful. Do not lean over it's not worth a ball to take your life.'         

That fan, a 39-year-old firefighter, died at the hospital from his injuries. He was at the game with his 6-year-old son who watched him fall to his death.

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