Away from the glittertastics of the Miami Marlins ballpark opening on Wednesday night – a spectacle that seemed more fitting the Vegas strip than the stateside opening of the MLB season – a few teams got it right during their respective debuts today. My Mets and their PR folks did well by Gary Carter with this gesture. And the Texas Rangers found a fitting way to turn a tremendously sad memory into a moving and lasting tribute in Arlington.
Most of us recall the fan that fell to his death at Rangers Ballpark last summer reaching for a foul ball tossed into the stands by Texas superstar Josh Hamilton. It was even more harrowing given his six-year old son was by his side. The Rangers organization did a lot of good things following the incident. Today, the unveiled at statue outside the stadium that pays special tribute to a father and a son who loved the game and their team. If nothing else, it helps ensure Shannon Stone (and his son Connor) won’t be forgotten. Class act. Well done, Texas.
HT: Baseball Nation on Facebook
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