Texas Rangers’ fan dies after fall
A fan who fell from the stands in Arlington while reaching for a baseball tossed by Josh Hamilton on Thursday night has died.
The victim, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office was 39-year-old Shannon Stone, a firefighter from Brownwood, which is located 150 miles southwest of Arlington.
Stone tumbled over the left-field railing after catching the ball and fell 20 feet into an area out of sight from the field during the Texas Rangers/Oakland A’s game. Stone’s young son witnessed the fall during the second inning.
The Rangers closed the clubhouse to the media after their 6-0 win.
The left-field wall is 14 feet high and the fan went headfirst over the railing, which is a few feet higher. The area where the man fell Thursday is out of sight from the field.
The fan was seated in the front row with his young son. According to others seated near him, the man was yelling at Hamilton for a foul ball that was hit by Conor Jackson and ricocheted into left field in the second inning. Hamilton flipped the ball toward the fan and the fan leaned over, caught it and toppled over in the gap between the railing and the back of the scoreboard on the left-field fence.
Manager Ron Washington said he will decide on Friday whether Hamilton needs a day off after what happened Thursday night.
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