Lancaster City, PA. Officials say Donald Dexter, a Lancaster County native, died of boredom while attending a recent Lancaster Barnstormers game at Clipper Stadium. According to his friends, he lives in Alaska but was visiting family in Lancaster when the incident took place.
The family says that this was the first time Dexter was at a baseball game and was there grudgingly but was in good spirits. Dexter’s spirits changed as the game went on.Witnesses say that Dexter started to exhibit signs of boredom but steps were not taken to address the symptoms. Frank Bits was Dexter’s close friend. He says Dexter was excited about the game in the first inning but started swinging his arms and snapping his fingers through the second and third. “By the fourth, “Bits said, “He was banging his head against the railing in front of him and moaning. He became catatonic when his smartphone battery died.” Bits admitted, “I thought he went to sleep and was glad that he stopped complaining.”
Richard Hayes was sitting beside Dexter and says he tried to address the symptoms that Dexter was experiencing. “I offered him a cold beer, ” Says Hayes, “but he said he didn’t drink alcohol. I should have pushed the issue since I’ve never seen a sane man make it the whole way through nine innings without some distraction.”
The emergency crews arrived on scene but were unable to revive Dexter.
Friends say Dexter was a well liked man with a big personality and struggled with Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD. Bit’s says his friend’s death is tragic and Dexter will be missed. He contends that people can prevent these tragedies. “Share your beer or your smartphone with those who are struggling with the symptoms of boredom.” Bits summed up his comments with an emotional appeal, “Don’t let them become a statistic.”