— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | Mets | Shea
by Kingman on April 16 at 9:56AM
The Mets beat the nationals 6-0 behind some great pitching by Pelfrey and Sanchez.

It was also Jackie Robinson day and there were many tributes to 42 and also a dedication of the new Rotunda in Citi Field.

But today we post about what happened after Tuesday night's game. Met fan Antonio Nararainsami, 36 and father of two, fell to his death from one of the escalators. Our condolences to the family. Here is the story, from Newsday:

A night at the ballpark turned tragic when a Brooklyn man died after a 4-story fall from an escalator at Shea Stadium in Flushing on Tuesday.

Police sources said Wednesday that the man may have been "surfing" or "sliding" on the railing of the escalator when he fell. But a New York City Police Department spokesman said Wednesday he could not confirm that -- but said it was one of the angles detectives would be investigating.

The tragic accident happened at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, not long after the Mets had beaten the Washington Nationals, 6-0, in a game on "Jackie Robinson Day" -- a celebration of the day Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, making his Major League debut with the old Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

Killed in the fall was Antonio Nararainsami, 36, of a Guyanese immigrant from Crescent Street, Brooklyn, police said. There were reports that the fall occurred in front of the man's two young daughters, though police said they could not confirm that Wednesday.

A police spokesman said Nararainsami and his wife were expecting a third child.

A police spokesman also said some reports were that the escalators at Shea were turned off at the time of the accident. That spokesman said family members told police the escalator then "suddenly jerked" -- throwing Nararainsami over the railing to his death, four flights below. Nararainsami was taken to New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, where he was pronounced dead at 10:25 p.m.

But a police source told Newsday "there were some reports he was surfing down the railing . . . Witnesses said he had jumped on the rubber railing . . . and he was sliding down when he lost his balance."

In a statement released late Tuesday, the Mets said they had learned of "a tragic accident that resulted in the death of a fan." They said team officials and police were investigating. "Our deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the fan's family," the statement said.

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