Man who fell at Rangers game gets visit from Ryan

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

FORT WORTH — A fire­fighter who tum­bled about 30 feet from the Texas Rangers stands while try­ing to catch a foul ball re­ceived a hos­pi­tal visit — and the ball — from team pres­i­dent Nolan Ryan on Wed­nes­day.

Tyler Mor­ris, 25, who works at the Lake Cities Fire Depart­ment near Dal­las, was at Tues­day night’s game with fel­low fire­fight­ers when he fell over a sec­ond-deck rail­ing onto field­level seats be­low.

He suf­fered a head in­jury and sprained an­kle but no in­ter­nal in­juries, and was ex­pected to be re­leased from the hos­pi­tal soon, friends said.

“Ev­ery­thing was hap­pen­ing so fast,” said Kevin Con­ner, who at­tended the game with Mor­ris.

“The ball went over us and bounced off the seats ... and he went to­ward it. Then he flipped all the way around but grabbed onto the rail­ing (be­fore fall­ing). That’s what saved his life.”

Con­ner said Mor­ris had not been drink­ing at the game.

Four peo­ple struck when Mor­ris fell were treated at the ball­park for mi­nor in­juries.

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