A Fan's Legacy

"There will be no lawsuit," Henry said. "Nobody's at fault. Just one of those things that's terrible and sad, but impossible to explain. A father trying to make a good memory for his son."

Whether divine intervention or merely a good father making a bad decision in a moment of overzealous carelessness, Stone's fatal fall will be part of a permanent legacy on display at the home-plate entrance to Rangers Ballpark. Ryan announced last week that the team would erect a life-sized, bronze statue of Shannon and Cooper in the spirit of "Rangers Fans."

"I absolutely love it," Suzann said. "What better depicts the essence of baseball than Daddy and his little boy at a game?"

Rangers President Nolan Ryan announced last week the team will erect a statue honoring Shannon Stone, who died in a fall from the stands.
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Rangers President Nolan Ryan announced last week the team will erect a statue honoring Shannon Stone, who died in a fall from the stands.

Added Al, "For his whole life Cooper is going to be proud of it."

The statue, however, is polarizing.

Critics predict it won't be viewed as an honor to Stone, but merely a reminder of a tragic accident. They say it will be morbid, walking enthusiastically into a Rangers game only to be jolted by, well, death. Others say, callously, that Stone doesn't warrant being honored via statue for his accident because there are more positive influences in the organization more deserving of being canonized such as former broadcaster Mark Holtz or popular and productive player Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. Perhaps a missing seat in left field would be more fitting, or maybe a modest plaque in not such a prominent place?

The Rangers' hearts are in the right place, even if the statue might be a tad misplaced.

"First time I see it there I'll break into tears," Henry said. "But eventually it will bring a smile to me and other fans."

Pursuing his love of the game Shannon Stone lost first his sacred souvenir, then his life. It will be years before Cooper finds the meaning of his statue.

These days he simply clings onto something more valuable — the baseball flipped to his dad by his hero.

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TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Are you people serious? I applaud the Rangers for doing this and if any of the family or friends are reading comments, the majority don't agree with these assholes. I guarantee the jackwads criticizing him don't have kids or had a father at home or that did anything for them.I guess I don't understand how it personally puts any of you out that there's a statue of a man and his son when all you probably care about when you go to a game is how hammered you're going to get and if the Rangers are losing by more than 5 runs, you're gone in the 7th inning.Great article RW, brought a tear to my eye.RIP Shannon.

Jimbojimmyjimjim
Jimbojimmyjimjim

Monument to Vapidity

A statue? Really?

If you love sports, you probably also love Jesus. These are the two biggest diversions that are preventing people from noticing that little wealth you have remaining is being systematically stolen from you by CEOs and stock traders.

So, you're erecting a statue to a moron who made his six year old fatherless in an incredibly irresponsible moment of extreme vapidity.

What the fuck. Any city that welcomes George Bush with open arms clearly ain't that bright to begin with.

Foul Ball
Foul Ball

Not sure I'd want the most idiotic moment of my life memorialized for all time. Will it be a statue of him tipping over a rail?

And if he'd been unemployed, behind on child support and a drunkard they wouldn't be doing this? What a crock this is.

TJ
TJ

Last week, a woman in Fort Worth drowned saving her 8 y/o son in the Trinity River. This guy unfortunately overeached for a ball and fell to his death. Sad yes, but a hero worthy of a statue? One person dies during an act of extreme bravery, another dies by being over zealous at a sporting event. Interesting who we choose to memorialize these days.

hammertimez
hammertimez

the ranger's hearts are in the right place, but a missing seat in left field and a plaque in it's place would be much more appropriate.

Mbo
Mbo

I commend Nolan Ryan for this deed!!! He did the right thing!

pencil
pencil

Will the Rangers be sued for emotional damages on behalf of the attending crowd like the emotional damages suit filed on behalf of the audience attending the Sugarland concert where the stage collapsed?

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

The statue is more than appropriate. With 7 billion-plus on this planet, there's no shortage of idiots who despise the thought of anything as sentimental as a Dad and his son passing the torch from one generation to the next. Long gone are the days of simple bonding and that feeling that a father HAS to take his son to the ballgame. As a society, we've lost our ability to discern what works from what doesn't.

Storm_71
Storm_71

By the way Whitt this makes up for the lack luster posts on the Sportatorium today

Storm_71
Storm_71

Very nice story Whitt. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think of the tragedy. I took my 5 year old (then 4 year old) to his first game this season. It was April 6th against the Mariners a day game. We got there early to see BP. The Mariners where taking BP and Ichiro was up. My son immediately took to him. I took him to all of the little waffle ball games in Vandergiff plaza he was having a great time. We got some nachos and after we ate them I asked what he wanted to do, this was about the 4th inning or so. He said “dad I wanna go watch the game” I got a big sports lump in my throat when he said that. We had seats right on the fence under the home run porch. Anyway I don’t remember the Ranger but someone hit a big fly to Ichiro right by us. My son screamed “ICHIRO”!!. He heard him and turned and tossed the ball to me. My son still sleeps with that ball………………………

Bastion of Truth
Bastion of Truth

did you aplogize to the family for posting the video after theyh asked the media not to?

Bubba Vaughn
Bubba Vaughn

Wish I knew who you were I find you and kick your ass.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

wow, you're so cool, it's a good thing we have people like you that are so much better than everyone to tell us what's right and wrong.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

that's really sad. The family will have a place to go to put a memorial for her with flowers and visit that area. The Stone family doesn't have that kind of access to the Ballpark. Both stories are touching and unfortunately people die during heroic acts everyday. As a dad with 3 boys, I have no problem whatsoever with this statue.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I don't know why you say that a father HAS to take his son to a ballgame. I WANTED to take my son to a ballgame. I will never forget the experience we shared.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

That's awesome about your son.I think the people that complain most about this statue are the ones that are going to feel uncomfortable in that they never shared that kind of moment with anyone.

 
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