Tragedy in Texas

A couple of days ago, tragedy struck the Stone family at a Texas Rangers game.    Shannon Stone, a 39 year old firefighter was doing what every father would do for his son at a ball game, he even stopped by the sporting goods store to pick up a new glove in hope that maybe they could catch one off of their favourite player, Josh Hamilton.  That’s just what happened. Josh Hamilton threw one to him and Shannon Stone,  leaned over to make the catch but fell over the railing as his young son  Cooper watched.

We’ve all watched the tragedy unfold on clips or as we watched the game.  I think it’s right by not showing further footage of the tragedy.  It was a sad day for everyone.  It was a sad day for baseball.

I think what hit home so much was I’d  do the same thing for our son Darcy.  It’s something every father would do.

Our hearts go out to Cooper and his family.

—Mark Gauthier


  1. strictlycubsbaseball · July 9, 2011

    I’m right there with you Mark. I would do the same for my children. I hate it for the family of Mr. Stone, for Josh Hamilton and for everyone that was involved. All I can do is pray for the Stone family and hope this never happens again.



  2. WrigleyRegular · July 9, 2011

    What a horribly tragic event. Very sad to see that happen.


  3. Very well said Mark. This was a terrible tragedy and such a fluke too. How many fathers have done the same thing countless times before? Just terrible, terrible luck. My heart goes out to the Stone family, especially his son, and to the players and staff who witnessed it.
    — Kristen


  4. The Wizard of Ozzie · July 10, 2011

    Such a tragic accident. I agree with you; I wish that the media would stop playing the clips. The New York Daily News ran a large still shot of Mr. Stone falling over the railing, and I found that terribly jarring and disrespectful to his grieving family.


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