Texas Rangers Fan Dies After Fall
A Texas Rangers fan died after falling about 20 feet onto concrete reaching out for a baseball tossed his way by All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game.
As a father who takes his two children to games, and watches them with them on TV, watching the video of this tragedy is heart wrenching. The man’s 8 year old son was standing next to him when the accident happened and witnessed the entire thing.
I can only imagine how distraught Josh Hamilton is at this time, having thrown the ball in the direction of the fan.
From the Los Angeles Times:
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday that the victim was 39-year-old Shannon Stone of Brownwood. City Manager Bobby Rountree said Stone had been a firefighter for nearly 18 years in Brownwood, 150 miles southwest of Arlington.
Stone fell about 20 feet onto concrete during the second inning late Thursday, tumbling over the left-field railing after catching the ball and falling into an area out of sight from the field as the Rangers faced Oakland. Stone’s young son witnessed the fall.
“We had a very tragic accident tonight and one of our fans lost their life reaching over the rail trying to get a ball,” team President Nolan Ryan said. “As an organization, and as our team members and our staff, we’re very heavy-hearted about this, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”