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Shannon Stone: A Senseless Loss of Life

By Gene Siudut On July - 13 - 2011

This past July 7, 39-year-old firefighter Shannon Stone took his young son to a Texas Rangers game in Arlington, TX, to see their Rangers play the Oakland Athletics.

This perfect imagery of father and son bonding took a tragic turn at the middle of the second inning, when Rangers All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton threw a ball into the stands towards Stone and his son. Stone reached over the railing to catch the ball and lost his balance, falling 20 feet, head first, to the concrete below behind the stadium scoreboard.

This fall, caught on tape, morbidly played out for those in attendance and those at home.

The gentleman next to him tried to grab him.

The announcers expressed their shock.

Stone’s young son stood frozen.

In my life, I’ve only had one foul ball ever hit toward me at a professional baseball game. It wasn’t even a major league game. It was a minor league game in M...

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