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#pounditSaturday, January 22, 2022

Braves fan dies after falling head-first from upper deck

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An Atlanta Braves fan died Saturday after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field all the way down to the concrete on the field level.

The Braves announced the sad news on their Twitter feed.

The fan fell during the seventh inning when Alex Rodriguez was up pinch-hitting for the visiting Yankees. NJ.com cites eyewitnesses who say the fan was acting drunk and belligerent all game. The man apparently flew over the railing from the second row head-first. He was yelling at A-Rod:

A fan, who didn’t want to be named, in section 401, told NJ Advance Media it was a man, who was apparently drunk, screaming at the Yankees when A-Rod came to bat. This person said the man flew over her and her two sisters from a row behind her and barely touched them as he went.
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She said the fan had been acting belligerently drunk all game. There was still a large wet stain on the railing in section 401 from what she said was his drink. The fans in the area soon left their seats with security, and several rows from the section were cleared out.

Two years ago, another fan fell at Turner Field and died, though that case was ruled a suicide.

Photo: Matthew Farrar/Twitter

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