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Ranger Fielder feels guilt over fan death
July 9, 2011
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When I herd this story I assumed a foul or home run was trying to be caught. Apparently, the fielded was just tossing a souviner ball to the crowd, and the accident occured. Reading this, the next day, he hit a ball and a fan not paying attention was hit requiring some stitches. Poor guy is racking himself with guilt and blame, who wouldn't? All he did was to make a special day for a fan, that these players are allowed to do everyday. That ball, had this tradgedy never happened, would have been something kept on a desk or dresser top, for a lifetime to remember. Some 6 year old, never forgetting the day Me and Dad went to the ballgame, and caught a ball. I sincerly hope Josh Hamilton does not unduly punish himself, nor do I hope this doesn't result in baseball stopping the practice of tossing a ball to the crowd. This little 6 yer old boy may never recover from that day, imagine the little guy alone with strangers, after watching something no child should ever see. God Bless them both.

Rangers' Hamilton still thinking about fatal fall

By STEPHEN HAWKINS - AP Sports Writer | AP – 9 hrs agotweet0EmailPrintRelated ContentTexas Rangers' Jackie Moore, from left, athletic trainer Jamie Reed, Josh Hamilton …

Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton stands in left field in the third inning of a baseball …
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton turned around Friday night and looked up into the left-field stands, where he saw young kids sitting with their parents.

The Texas Rangers' outfielder couldn't help but remember the screams of 6-year-old Cooper Stone after the boy's father tumbled over the railing in that same area the previous game when reaching out to catch a ball tossed their way by Hamilton.

"Red flags go up in your mind because you take things for granted for so long because it doesn't happen," Hamilton said. "Then all of a sudden it happens and then you start thinking more about things."

Hamilton was back on the field at Rangers Ballpark the night after firefighter Shannon Stone's fatal fall. The man fell headfirst about 20 feet onto concrete during the second inning Thursday and died about an hour later.

It was an emotional 24 hours for the Rangers and Hamilton, who can still picture Stone's fall in slow motion.

"You couldn't help but think about it," Hamilton said after the Rangers' 8-5 victory over Oakland on Friday night. "You hope nothing like that happens again."

Hamilton said he is relying on his Christian faith in what is he called a "grieving" time for his family after the tragedy, just as he has during an inspiring comeback from cocaine and alcohol addictions that almost kept him from ever playing in the major leagues.

"It's still an emotional attachment because I was part of what happened, so it's something I have to deal with," Hamilton said. "It's nothing that's going to obviously make me go back to where I was or anything like that. I have a lot of people that are supporting me and calling me and encouraging me."

Rangers manager Ron Washington had offered to give Hamilton the day off Friday, but he wanted to play.

Then in the sixth inning, Hamilton fouled off a pitch that struck a male fan sitting about five rows behind the third-base dugout.

Stadium personnel immediately tended to the fan, who had blood on his face and required stitches. Rangers officials said the fan was treated at the stadium and was OK. They didn't identify him or provide additional details.

Hamilton said the fan had his head down and wasn't looking toward the field.

"I saw it happen. Again," Hamilton said. "There's certain times people can't help getting hit, I understand that. I just wish people would pay a little more attention, not be on the phone, not be turned away."

During Friday night's game, Hamilton found himself holding his breath whenever a ball went into the stands, especially the upper decks.

A night earlier Hamilton responded to the plea from a fan after the outfielder tossed a foul ball to one of the team's ball girls instead of into the crowd.

"I heard somebody say, 'Hey, Hamilton, how about the next one,'" he said.

Hamilton then turned and saw Shannon Stone and his son. The boy's favorite player acknowledged them with a nod.

"The first person I saw was the dad and the boy," Hamilton said. "And it looked like somebody who would love to have a baseball."

A few pitches later, Oakland's Conor Jackson hit a ball that ricocheted foul and into left field. Then like he has done for so many other fans, Hamilton scooped up the ball and tossed it toward Stone.

The firefighter from Brownwood reached out and caught the ball, but with his son watching, the man fell behind the left-field wall. Stone later died from blunt force trauma caused by the fall.

"You never toss a ball thinking somebody's going to die. When you throw a ball, you do it with the best intentions and you just want to make somebody happy to have a present from a ball game," Mets outfielder Angel Pagan said. "Only God knows why that happened and the purpose of it. So you just have to move on, there's nothing you can do because you didn't do it with that purpose. But, of course, you feel for it. The team feels for it and I'm sure Josh is feeling for it."

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July 9, 2011
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I saw that on the news yesterday, thought of posting it, but held back (too sad), you did.

I think about his kid and him. He, thinking he was making the best memory for his boy and by fate, making th eworst.

That kid will never watch baseball again.

fate is a fickle thing

They say his last words were along the lines of, "My son..."
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Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

July 9, 2011
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Strange week--this boy at the baseball game, the Yellowstone hiker killed by a bear, all just out enjoying some of the best things in life, a ballgame and walk in the forest. On the other side of the coin is a 22 year old getting away with murder, and lighting striking on the same day and location where she dumped Caylee.

July 9, 2011
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Might be a weird azz message, there, hmm?
(do NOT ber fooled into zooming in on me..that is complete BS..bad PR..just like way back, before..look bakc..bad serpent..duh))
fight the power!

and honestly, say a prayer of thanks to those that fight for us..because they are risking their own shite to help us!
Get it??!!

start conduiting back!! Use your awareness, your discerment, and your imagination..throw that ball back at em!!
we are NOT simply..entertainment!!!

pass it on to anyone and everyone that will get and accept it..power in numbers..critical mass

direct current can become aternating current!!
(we are all..way m ore psychic than we give ourselves credit for..we all gots to work it, practice makes perfect)

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

July 11, 2011
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You don't ever lean over the rail, ever.........and when you do you certainly never ever reach for the ball with two/both hands...........that said.........the rail looks awfully low to me, TOO LOW in my opinion..

One of two things happened here...Hamilton's flip was short, or the man never played much sports, especially baseball and grossly misjudged the toss.

Still it's all very very sad, both for the family as well as Josh Hamilton............Hamilton ( I know a bit about him ) could be cursed.........who knows.

His last words were " Please check on my son "............Lots to say about this but best to hold my tongue!

Question: What was the man wearing on his feet???????????????? When he lost his balance and toppled over the rail!

Just a terrible sad accident...............really terrible. I feel bad for his son, but for reasons other than what you'd expect!!!

I hate flip-flops................They're evil!

Cole

July 14, 2011
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"bionic" wrote:
fate is a fickle thing

The player didn't necessarily have to throw the ball back.

Or did he?

"it is easy to grow crazy"

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