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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Male fan dies at Blue Jays game

Guys, take care of your tickers. Get outta your mom’s basement and go for a walk.

A male fan died in a hospital after going into cardiac arrest at Thursday’s game between the Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox.

Play was halted for four minutes in the seventh inning while the fan received CPR and was carted off on a stretcher.

Ambulance sirens could be heard outside the stadium as the fan was carted off, still receiving CPR.

Following the game, Toronto Police Services confirmed the fan had died in a hospital after collapsing. The name of the fan was not released.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the person who was taken out of here tonight,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was the first player to notice the commotion in the stands, and alerted umpire Mark Wegner to what was going on.

“I saw some medics jump out around the dugout and run over,” Youkilis said. “Then I saw a doctor or whoever was going, just pushing on the chest over and over and over. I thought maybe they were reviving him and then the next thing you know, they kept going and going. I was like `God, man. We’ve got to stop this thing.”’

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Szymborski Posted: August 18, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4211492)
Do a lot of women die at Blue Jays games or something?
   2. Greg K Posted: August 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4211493)
Yeah, I would have figured you either go with "Man dies at Blue Jays game" or "Fan dies at Blue Jays game". Maybe the headline writer was bored and just wanted something unconventional.
   3. formerly dp Posted: August 18, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4211497)
That sucks. AEDs are one of the twentieth century's most underrated inventions.
   4. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4211501)
"Male who just came to the game because it was an office outing because he's really more of a hockey fan but you know if everyone from the sales department is going he kind of feels obligated so he'll go because you don't want to be that one guy who doesn't go Dies at Blue Jays game"
   5. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: August 18, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4211536)
Yeah, I would have figured you either go with "Man dies at Blue Jays game" or "Fan dies at Blue Jays game". Maybe the headline writer was bored and just wanted something unconventional.

I'm waiting for the Cardinals to revive "Fannette" the next time a woman dies.
   6. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: August 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM (#4211542)
Male fan does not belong in the HOF.
   7. SouthSideRyan Posted: August 18, 2012 at 05:34 PM (#4211545)
I had the White Sox game on in the background and saw this. It was very strange the way they didn't cut to commerical or anything, they stuck with a shot of the guy getting worked on. If you're the producer, you have to know there's a decent chance this guy is dying, what the hell are you sticking with the shot for. And then they're driving him off in the cart and the guy's just kind of walking along side half-assedly giving chest compressions.
   8. Rob_Wood Posted: August 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4211573)

"You don't ever want to see that."
   9. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: August 18, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4211584)
I had the White Sox game on in the background and saw this. It was very strange the way they didn't cut to commerical or anything, they stuck with a shot of the guy getting worked on. If you're the producer, you have to know there's a decent chance this guy is dying, what the hell are you sticking with the shot for. And then they're driving him off in the cart and the guy's just kind of walking along side half-assedly giving chest compressions.


Yeah, I was wondering why they didn't cut to commercial. Then, for whatever reason, Hawk felt the need to describe what was happening as the camera kept going back and forth between bewildered-looking Jays' players and a wide shot of the paramedics trying to help the guy.

Watching the paramedics desperately trying to resuscitate the guy was disturbing, to say the least.
   10. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: August 18, 2012 at 06:54 PM (#4211586)
edit..that was awful. I apologize.
   11. Karl from NY Posted: August 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM (#4211613)
It's standard in most sports broadcasting (even the NFL) to not cut to adverts when a player is injured, at least until he gets off the field safely. They want to avoid the perception of milking someone's injury or death for commercial gain. Nascar in particular is diligent on this, not cutting away until everybody gets out of wrecked cars, after criticism around Dale Earnhardt's death.

As for the headline, I first read it as "Mets fan dies at Blue Jays game" and figured that out of everybody of course it would happen to the Mets.
   12. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: August 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM (#4211622)
Definitely not the case for the NFL.
   13. shock Posted: August 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM (#4211688)
In the NHL they certainly cut to commercial during an injury.
   14. Lassus Posted: August 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM (#4211694)
As for the headline, I first read it as "Mets fan dies at Blue Jays game" and figured that out of everybody of course it would happen to the Mets.

This made me giggle uncontrollably until tears were running down my face.
   15. GregD Posted: August 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM (#4211696)
Male fan does not belong in the HOF.
I admit I laughed.
   16. AndrewJ Posted: August 19, 2012 at 07:35 AM (#4211754)
Back in the 1950s, NFL commissioner Bert Bell saw a game on TV with the camera lingering on a closeup of an injured player, obviously writhing in agony on the ground. The next morning he called up the networks and said, "You show something like that again, where some player's wife tuning in has to watch her husband in pain, I'm revoking your contracts." (A few years later Bell died of a heart attack at an Eagles/Steelers game in Philadelphia, and the wire service photos showed him being led out of Franklin Field, one of his limp limbs dangling off of the stretcher.)
   17. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 19, 2012 at 08:29 AM (#4211764)
Back in the 1950s, NFL commissioner Bert Bell saw a game on TV with the camera lingering on a closeup of an injured player, obviously writhing in agony on the ground. The next morning he called up the networks and said, "You show something like that again, where some player's wife tuning in has to watch her husband in pain, I'm revoking your contracts." (A few years later Bell died of a heart attack at an Eagles/Steelers game in Philadelphia, and the wire service photos showed him being led out of Franklin Field, one of his limp limbs dangling off of the stretcher.)


For those of you, who do not follow the footy, the images of Fabrice Muamba's on the pitch cardiac arrest earlier this year was extremely disturbing. The camera just suddenly without warning cut to him convulsing on the ground. Medical staff worked on him for about 20 mins on the pitch, without any sign of life. When they finally carted him off and abandoned the match, I don't think anybody believed he had a prayer. In the end, his heart was stopped for a total of 78 minutes.

It's rather timely, considering he announced his retirement from football on Wednesday.
   18. bfan Posted: August 19, 2012 at 09:01 AM (#4211789)
I believe the National Lampoon rejoinder to this headline would be "wife and children adversely affected by abandonment of male".
   19. bobm Posted: August 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4211823)
Then, for whatever reason, Hawk felt the need to describe what was happening as the camera kept going back and forth between bewildered-looking Jays' players and a wide shot of the paramedics trying to help the guy.

He gone.
   20. Leroy Kincaid Posted: August 19, 2012 at 09:15 PM (#4212186)
Back in the 1950s, NFL commissioner Bert Bell saw a game on TV with the camera lingering on a closeup of an injured player, obviously writhing in agony on the ground. The next morning he called up the networks and said, "You show something like that again, where some player's wife tuning in has to watch her husband in pain, I'm revoking your contracts." (A few years later Bell died of a heart attack at an Eagles/Steelers game in Philadelphia, and the wire service photos showed him being led out of Franklin Field, one of his limp limbs dangling off of the stretcher.)

Moral: Don't threaten the networks.

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