ATLANTA — There are things more important than baseball. Both the Braves and the Nationals know it, and that’s why both managers were visibly concerned upon learning that an Atlanta-based cameraman died at an area hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack Wednesday night at Turner Field.
Reuben Porras, 61, from Newnan, Ga., was working for the MLB Network when he collapsed near the Nationals’ dugout prior the game. No pulse could be found, but Porras was revived on the spot by Washington head trainer Lee Kuntz and assistant strength coach John Hsu, who used an external defibrillator that had just recently been installed in the visitor’s clubhouse.
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Porras was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital and admitted to the ICU, but he passed away later in the evening.
Players were unaware of the incident, as were the fans who were treated to a pitchers’ duel between Jordan Zimmermann and Paul Maholm. The Nationals won 2-0.