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Update: The Texas Rangers have set up a fund for firefighter Shannon Stone, the man who tragically fell to his death at the stadium. If you would like to contribute to the fund, click here to donate. A minimum $10 donation is required. I welcome you all donate whatever you can.
A fan fell from the stands while retrieving a foul ball thrown into bleachers by Josh Hamilton on Thursday. He appeared to catch the ball before going over the railing, falling head-first 20 feet. He died from his injuries.
In a remarkably strange coincidence, a fan fell at a Rangers game last year on the same day, July 7, 2010.
Watch video of the incident:
The man fell not far from the A’s bullpen.
“When they had him on a stretcher and they were carrying him out, he was saying stuff like ‘Please check on my son, he’s left up there by himself.'” Athletics reliever Brad Ziegler said. “The people that carried him out reassured him that, ‘We’ll get your son, we’ll make sure he’s OK.’ We just kind of assumed that he’s talking, he’s conscious, he’ll be OK. To find out he’s not is just … tough.”
The Rangers closed the clubhouse to the media after the game to allow Nolan Ryan time to address the team about the fan’s death.
“We spoke to them, and they understand what happened,” Ryan said. “Josh is very distraught over this, as is the entire team.”