The death of souvenir-pursuing baseball fan Shannon Stone at a Texas Rangers game shocked you and made you shudder. The near-fall of Keith Carmickle under similar circumstances during Monday’s Home Run Derby in Phoenix should make you angry. Please, someone: Learn something. Baseball fans, MLB officials, anyone. We do not need any more deaths at baseball games.

The death of souvenir-pursuing baseball fan Shannon Stone at a Texas Rangers game shocked you and made you shudder.

The near-fall of Keith Carmickle under similar circumstances during Monday’s Home Run Derby in Phoenix should make you angry.

Please, someone: Learn something. Baseball fans, MLB officials, anyone.

We do not need any more deaths at baseball games.

Not for a baseball. Not for any souvenir, even if it might be a collector’s item.

It’s not worth it.

According to reports, the 39-year-old Carmickle and his friends had already snagged three home runs at Chase Field when Carmickle reached for a centerfield blast from Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder.

Carmickle, shown standing barefoot on a table right in front of a fence in a picture by an Arizona Republic photographer, nearly fell head first about 20 feet. His brother and friend grabbed him in time, and he dangled momentarily before being pulled back up.

“I stepped up on the table, I missed the ball by 2 or 3 feet and went over,” Carmickle told The Associated Press. “We caught three balls and I told the guys I was going to go for the cycle. Dude, they were really holding onto me.

“I thought: I’ve lived a good life.”

He’s lucky to be alive. Stone, who tumbled to his death last Thursday trying to snare a souvenir toss from the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton, deserved a better fate than Carmickle.

At least Stone was trying to get something for his child.

He was not a 39-year-old acting like a greedy teenager thinking only of himself – and deliberately putting himself in harm’s way for something so trivial.

The lure of souvenirs and sports memorabilia, especially baseballs, left me awhile ago. I admittedly don’t get it anymore and don’t relate to those who frantically chase them.

Apparently, we need more stringent rules at ballgames to protect fans from themselves.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday teams are reviewing stadium safety following Stone’s death.

“Each team determines its own ballpark safety features based on local laws,” Selig said during a question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, The Associated Press reported. “Maybe there’s some things they can or can’t do. Common sense should always take over in this situation.”

It should. With fans, first and foremost.

But sadly, as Carmickle showed Monday, there are stupid and greedy fans out there who will do anything for a souvenir.

Even risk their lives after somebody already lost his just days earlier.

The Holland (Mich.) Sentinel