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.”

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One Comment on “Texas Rangers Fan Dies After Fall”

  1. Honeydog Says:

    Very Sad. This is not the first time that a Spectator has fallen over the Railing at a Game, and I wonder if this Tradition should be Curbed or Prohibited for the Safety and Protection of all. I’ve seen the excitable Scurry that occurs among people when the Ball is heading their way, and it presents enough of a Dangerous situation just being in the middle of all the Jumping and Reaching and Pushing. People aren’t going to end this Practice on their own, and I know it takes the Fun out of it, but, for the Sake of Human Beings and the Ball Park, maybe it’s time for high Fences all the way around. Perhaps the Thrill of catching and taking a Ball Home is not worth the Risk of not going Home at all.

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