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Class act: Texas Rangers unveil statue for Shannon Stone

A stellar tribute

A stellar tribute

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


  1. Jim

    April 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Is it a little dusty in here. I think I have something in my eye.

  2. John

    April 6, 2012 at 2:53 am

    A statue for a darwin award nominee? Com’on

    • Clay

      April 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

      John, you must be a sad little man.

  3. Bud

    April 6, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Class act by a class organization….

  4. Scott

    April 6, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Truly a class act all around for a such a tragic accident.

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  6. Cru Jones

    April 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Not sure why you would memorialize someone that acted foolish and accidentally killed himself in front of his son.

    • DWoodie

      April 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Cru Jones, Dont be an ass.. your comment wasnt funny or acceptable in any way! I have been going to Rangers games since I was knee high to a grasshopper and have never had an ill word about this organization or its fans, players or staff and I have met just about all of them! This team didnt have to do what they did for the Stone family but, they did honor a community hero who was trying to be the best dad that he could be for his son! So, you should feel like crap for even thinking of making a joke on this story, heartless p.o.s!!!

      Go Rangers!!!!

    • Anonymous

      April 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Seriously????? How ill repute of you. There was nothing foolish in what this father did; he went to catch a ball that was thrown into the stands, as it happens all the time. The unfortunate thing is that he lost his balance and fell to his death. On top of this, it was in front of his son. Put yourself in the shoes of the little boy who saw this and then make an ugly comment like you just did. It’s people like you that just need to stay home and get off the computer and sit in a closet all by yourself and think about what you write and say before you do it. Then ask for permission to come out!

      • Anonymous

        April 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

        sorry, the above comment was directed at cru jones!

  7. PC1

    April 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

    cru jones you are an idiot….I agree with DWoodie that you should get off the computer…I surely hope that you are not married with children because I feel sorry for them to be saddled with an insensitive idiot like you…

    • Pete Cully

      April 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Coming from a diehard Yankee Fan. I have always had the utmost respect for Nolan Ryan. And now reading this I have the utmost respect for the Rangers Org. Great job and so nice of you to Honor this Man, Son and Family!!!

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