Here is a very good piece about this terrible accident last night. I learned of it reading my twitter feed last night, the details now proven to be accurate. I saw a video clip of it as well.
In the second inning, Oakland A’s outfielder Conor Jackson hit a screaming foul ball down the left-field line. It caromed toward Josh Hamilton, the Rangers’ left fielder. Hamilton picked it up and threw the ball toward the stands. Players do this hundreds of times in a season. It’s part of baseball’s charm. Show up to a stadium, take home a piece of the game.
Hamilton’s toss came in short. It didn’t stop Shannon Stone from stretching to grab it. I’m almost certain, in fact, that the moment before Shannon Stone fell 20 feet and suffered injuries that would kill him, he was indescribably happy. He was going to grab a baseball from Josh Hamilton, a man who hauled himself from the depths of drug addiction to not only return to baseball but win the American League MVP award last season. Once Stone had that baseball, he was going to hand it to his son. And for the rest of his life, his son would have a story to tell about the time his daddy reached over a railing and snagged a bad throw from Josh Hamilton, one of the most talented players ever to wear a baseball uniform.
Instead, he watched his dad die. He saw Shannon Stone secure the ball in both hands but lose his balance in the process. The man next to Stone reached, in vain, to grab his leg. Stone fell head first 20 feet.
Read the rest. From other accounts I have read, the Rangers organization is truly stunned and torn up by this. You have to really feel for Josh Hamilton who has exorcised all types of drug abuse and other demons from his life now has to deal with this tragedy.
The game was make up of an earlier rain out, originally an off day. It was one year ago and one day that another fan fell from the upper deck trying to catch a foul ball, but he survived.
Horrible all around. Nothing but tears and prayer will heal.