The papers called it a freak accident. Ricky knew better.
Ricky Baumgartner was bummed. Gerald was in the gym at the big jump-rope competition, and he was killing it. He scratched nervously at his Von Zipper Rockford T-Shirt. He figured Gerald would blow the competition, and Ricky would spend the rest of the year giving Gerald crap about it. It wasn't looking good. Gotta blow his concentration, but how? Ricky waited for Gerald to start his routine, and then he threw the gym door open. The look on Gerald's face as he lost his balance was worth whatever punishment that Ricky would get. The rest is history.