April 7, 2012

Rangers unveil stature of fan that died at ballpark

The Rangers did something out of the ordinary. Perhaps you heard of Shannon Stone, who died last year at a Rangers game reaching for a ball. While it was more of a freak happenstance than anything, the Rangers did a pretty cool thing by putting up a statue for him.

ARLINGTON (AP) - Nine months after a Texas Rangers fan died after falling over an outfield railing at a game, his 7-year-old son helped unveil a statue Thursday honoring his father and others who love America’s pastime.

The life-size bronze statue depicts Shannon Stone and his son, Cooper, wearing baseball caps.

They are holding hands and looking at each other as if they’re talking. The inscription reads: In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game.

“Today is a celebration of spirit, family and love of the game,” Rangers President Nolan Ryan said. “This bronze represents so many things that are good about baseball — competition, happiness, memories — and I think Shannon embodied what we as an organization hope for in our fans.”

Usually its a hall-of-fame baseball player being put in bronze outside of a ballpark, but its good for the Rangers to do this. They really didn't need to, I don't think anyone would be mad if they didn't put up a statue of the fan, so it just shows they wanted to go the extra step.

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