Sports are supposed to be fun and a great family experience. At times, they get so exciting that fathers tend to get overly excited, especially when they’re with their children and having fun. But, one man will never return to his family after simply trying to make a special memory for his son by catching a baseball thrown into stands by one of the players.
But now his son’s memory of spending time with his dad at a baseball game, like so many children do, will be a horrific image of his father falling to his death, according to CNN. The father, Shannon Stone, 39, took his son to a Texas Ranger game and fell head-first approximately 20 feet. Stone was a 17-year veteran firefighter at the Brownwood fire department.
Former baseball phenom Nolan Ryan is the president of the Rangers organization and he has made counselors available to the players, especially star outfielder Josh Hamilton, who threw the ball in the stands for the fans to catch. This is an awful tragedy that will be ingrained in this child’s memory forever. Our prayers go out to the Stone family.
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