SAN FRANCISCO -- A fan fell to his death from the elevated
right-field wall at Pacific Bell Park on Wednesday night, shortly
before the San Francisco Giants clinched the NL West title.
According to witnesses, the unidentified man attempted to climb
down the outside of the outfield wall to retrieve something he
dropped onto the walkway 24 feet below during the eighth inning. He
slipped and fell, according to Giants vice president of
communications Staci Slaughter.
Police and paramedics responded to the scene, but the fan died
from his injuries, Slaughter said. San Francisco police didn't
immediately return phone calls seeking comment.
"As far as we're concerned, it was an accident," Slaughter
said. "It's just a tragedy."
The incident is the first death at Pacific Bell Park since it
opened in 2000. The right-field wall borders McCovey Cove, where
well-hit homers land in the water.
The Giants and their fans were unaware of the accident as they
celebrated their division title moments later.