In a tragic accident Thursday, Texas Rangers fan Shannon Stone tried grabbing a ball thrown by Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton and fell over the railing twenty feet onto concrete. Stone attended the game with his son, who witnessed his father fall over the railing. Stone was briefly conscious after the fall and asked that someone get his son. Stone died later that night in the hospital. Nolan Ryan, Rangers owner, said “As an organization, and as our team members and our staff, we’re very heavy-hearted about this, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”
This is the second fatal accident in a major league ball park this year. Earlier a Colorado Rockies fan fell in a similar manner and lost his life. The MLB may have some serious explaining to do. Some stadiums apparently don’t have the appropriate safety precautions. The Commissioner, Bud Selig, may have to address this in the offseason so that stadiums are safer and we can avoid these types of tragic accidents.