Monday, August 31, 2015

Braves, Yankees hold moment of silence for man who died booing A-Rod (VIDEO)

The Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees held a moment of silence before Sunday's game at Turner Field for for the baseball fan who fell over a balcony and died while booing Alex Rodriguez Saturday night.  

A-Rod was one of the players paying their respects to Braves fan Gregory Murrey of Alpharetta, Georgia, who plummeted from the top deck of the stadium during the seventh inning of the game between the Braves and Yankees the night before.

Witnesses claim the 60-year-old insurance broker was screaming at A-Rod — who was on deck and getting ready to pinch hit for the Yankees at the time — when Murrey lost his balance and fell. 

Umpires did not stop the game and play resumed as the injured Murrey was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

While the flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, the Braves displayed a photo of Murrey on the video board and observed a moment of silence before the afternoon game.

After the game Rodriguez told reporters: "It’s sad. Upsetting, for sure. My prayers go out to his family." 

Murrey's son, Jason, released a statement to the New York Daily News on behalf of his family.

"Gregory "Ace" Murrey was a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to many,' the statement read. 'He dearly loved his family, Atlanta, and the Atlanta Braves.

"The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things — watching the Braves.

"At this time, the family wishes for you to respect their privacy as they mourn the loss of such an extraordinarily wonderful man."

Murrey was a season ticket holder at the stadium for 23 years.   


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