Baseball Fan Who Plunged to His Death While Booing A-Rod is Honored at Game
Alex Rodriguez bowed his head on Sunday to honor a baseball fan who died in a freak accident just hours before.
The victim, 60-year-old insurance broker Gregory Murrey, plunged 50 feet from an upper deck at a Yankees-Braves game in Atlanta on Saturday.
He was reportedly booing A-Rod when he lost his balance and toppled over the railing.
In a statement to CNN, his family said: "Gregory 'Ace' Murrey was a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to many.
"He dearly loved his family, Atlanta, and the Atlanta Braves. Greg was a season ticket holder with the same seats for 23 years. The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things - watching the Braves.
"At this time, the family wishes for you to respect their privacy as they mourn the less of such an extraordinarily wonderful man."
The Yankee slugger was among those mourning as the Braves held a moment of silence at Sunday’s game.
Rodriguez said: "My prayers go out to his family."
The Braves showed the victim's photo on the Jumbotron.
A moment of silence for Greg "Ace" Murrey. pic.twitter.com/qq3Fg8MASf— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 30, 2015
"The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the loss of Greg Murrey at last night's game," the team said in a statement.
"Greg was a valued and longtime season ticket holder and an incredibly passionate Braves fan. This tragic loss is felt throughout Braves Country, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Braves organization continue to go out to his family and friends."
Today we remember Greg "Ace" Murrey: pic.twitter.com/G4Ql8m6odv— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 30, 2015
The tragedy is the latest in a string of recent ballpark accidents.
In June, a woman was seriously injured when she was hit in the face by a broken bat at Fenway Park in Boston.
Last month, nine-year-old bat boy Kaiser Carlile died after being accidentally hit by a player making a practice swing.
Crowd safety expert Paul Wertheimer told INSIDE EDITION that fans should not be allowed so close to the railings on upper decks.
“Take out a row - it costs money but it saves lives,” he said.
And Werthemeimer has other tips.
“Raise railings in certain places if it makes sense, put in nets so if someone does fall, they don't fall on other people,” he said.
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