Earlier this week the sports world mourned as a fan toppled to his death trying to catch a ball in the stands of the Texas Rangers game. Shannon Stone attended the game with his young son Cooper with the hope of catching a ball from the game. They thought that luck was on their side when Cooper's favorite player, Josh Hamilton, decided to throw a foul ball their way - a practice that happens at every game. Hamilton's throw was a tad short, but Shannon went for it anyway - sadly falling 20 feet onto concrete as his son watched screaming for his father. Shannon died shortly thereafter from cardiac arrest while in the ambulance. Cooper was in the front seat.
This story is tragic - so sad that even I avoided writing about it until now. Here was one of those accidents that just happens in life. It goes against all the father son, summer baseball, bonding, Americana moments, we all associate with the Stone's family outing. Yet, we understand it is just one of those things that should never happen - a fluke incident unlikely to change anyone's practices (except for maybe whether Hamilton will ever throw a ball into the stands again, or whether Cooper could ever manage to enter a baseball stadium).
For sports fans the decisions of these idiotic fans are disturbing. And, for non-fans, they are even more outrageous - I mean, who would risk their lives just to catch a ball? To put it in perspective, I must reference the injuries during Running of the Brides and the deaths during Black Friday shopping stampedes. Whether you are passionate about wedding dresses, C...
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