So tragic. A baseball fan plummeted to his death after falling at least 50 feet from the upper deck at Turner Field in Atlanta during the seventh inning of the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees’ Aug. 29 game.
The Aug. 29 Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees game took a tragic turn when Gregory Murrey, 60, fell nearly 50 feet off of Turner Field’s upper deck and onto a concrete stairwell. Gregory, a fan from Alpharetta, Georgia, reportedly lost his balance and fell head-first to his death.
The horrible event took place during the seventh inning of the game, according to the New York Daily News. Some witnesses claim that Gregory was yelling excitedly as Yankees player Alex Rodriguez was up to bat, when he lost his balance and fell from the balcony. His body reportedly hit a wire connected to the netting behind home plate and shook the entire screen and all of the wires before he fell onto the stairwell. People reportedly fled the scene immediately or shielded their children’s eyes as two pools of blood surrounded him. Paramedics came out and performed CPR on him for a few minutes, and he was strapped to a board and taken out of the ballpark. Sadly, he died immediately upon arrival at Grady Memorial Hospital.
The baseball game continued, and security guarded the area the rest of the game, though by the eight inning people reportedly left the section entirely. Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said that he saw the man falling when he was on second base. “I saw him falling, like right in front of the press box. Then he hit the wires. Crazy,” Didi said, according to the Daily Mail.
After the game, Braves pitcher Matt Wisler reacted to the sad news. “Huge condolences go out to that family,” he said. “You never want to hear something like that. We were all in the dugout paying more attention to that than the game when it first happened. That’s terribly sad to hear. We really hope for the best for that family. That’s sad to see something tragic like that happen at a game.”
Our thoughts go out to Gregory’s loved ones during this difficult time.
— Julianne Ishler