The fan who fell at the Rangers game is doing OK

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The fan who fell from the upper deck at Tuesday’s Rangers-Indians game is alert, joking and generally doing OK, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Tyler Morris — a 25 year-old firefighter — suffered a fractured skull and a sprained ankle, but he was conscious when the squad got to him and is doing about as well as one could hope at a Fort Worth hospital.  He tells his story in the DMN article, but it’s pretty much what you’d expect: a foul ball came his way, he went for it, lost his balance and down he went.  He remembers going over the edge but doesn’t remember the impact or anything after that.  The brain — and its ability to preserve itself and its owner’s sanity — is a wonderful thing sometimes.

Much of the article is devoted to wondering whether the rails around the upper deck at the Ballpark at Arlington are high enough.  I guess this kind of talk is to be expected anytime something like this occurs.

Personally, I think that this is one of those situations where a little more personal responsibility is probably sufficient to handle the situation.  This strikes me as a different deal than netting to protect people from foul balls.  In that situation, fans can be hurt merely if they take their eyes off the field for a few moments.  With the railing thing, it takes a bit more in terms of active, reckless agency for someone to get into trouble. No one forces you to leap or even lean for a foul ball, after all.

Ultimately, this is one of those freakish things that you hope never happens but, inevitably, does.

Hernandez hits three home runs, powering Dodgers past Cubs 11-1 to win NL pennant

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The Dodgers will appear in the World Series for the first time since 1988 after defeating the Cubs 11-1 in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night. The Dodgers scored early and often, making Thursday’s affair devoid of any stress.

Cody Bellinger drove in a run with a double against Cubs starter Jose Quintana in the first inning. Enrique Hernandez tacked on a solo home run to center field in the second. The Dodgers broke it open in the third, as Quintana allowed hits to all four hitters he faced in the inning: a ground-rule double to Chris Taylor, an RBI single to Justin Turner, and two more singles to Bellinger and Yasiel Puig. Hector Rondon relieved Quintana and, after striking out Logan Forsythe, he served up a grand slam to Hernandez to make it a 7-0 game. Forsythe hit a two-run double off of John Lackey in the fourth pad the lead to 9-0. Hernandez added a third home run, a two-run shot, off of Mike Montgomery in the ninth to push the score to 11-1.

Hernandez is the 10th player to hit three home runs in a playoff game and the fifth to knock in seven runs. The other four were in the American League, so Hernandez’s seven RBI marks a new National League record.

Kris Bryant hit a solo home run off of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, but that was it for offense on the Cubs’ side. Kershaw tossed six innings in total, allowing the one run on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts spanning 89 pitches.

Kenta Maeda took over for Kershaw in the seventh, working a 1-2-3 inning. Brandon Morrow got the eighth and worked around a one-out single with three strikeouts.

With a 10-run lead, closer Kenley Jansen took the hill in the ninth. He got Bryant to line out to left field, Anthony Rizzo to fly out, and Willson Contreras to line out to shortstop to seal the 11-1 victory — and the pennant — for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers will wait to see who they will face in the World Series. The Yankees are one game away from punching their ticket, leading the ALCS 3-2. They’ll match up with the Astros in Houston on Friday.

If the Yankees end up being the Dodgers’ World Series opponent, it will be the two clubs’ 12th meeting in the Fall Classic. As Craig noted on Twitter, the Yankees have the upper hand, having won eight of those 11 series.