Shannon Stone took his son to last night’s A’s-Rangers game. It ended tragically for Shannon after he fell 20-feet in an attempt to secure a foul ball thrown into the stands by Josh Hamilton. 39 years old, a firefighter. Dead. Just like that. According to the AP, “Athletics reliever Brad Ziegler was in tears after the game when he found out the man had died.” “They had him on a stretcher. He said, ‘Please check on my son. My son was up there by himself.’
There really are no words for this. Tragic is simply too easy to say.
Posted: Last night
Premise of Video: It’s all right there in front of you. Stone goes for the ball and over he goes. 20-foot drop.
Climax of Video: To all those who are drilling the A’s broadcasters this morning, enough. Do you realize how many times these guys see fans falling down rows of stairs, falling over railings, etc. It happens. You take millions of fans over the course of 160 games and it’s going to happen.
Conclusion: We’ve said something bad was going to happen this year, but never figured it would come to this. Baseball has had fans jumping out of the stands, people scaling walls, fans streaking, fans getting Tasered, etc. Just don’t know what else to say.