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Shannon Stone

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Rangers Fans Honor Fallen Firefighter With Impressive Beeramid

    You'll remember Shannon Stone as the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter and father who tumbled to his death while reaching for a ball during a July 2011 Rangers game. Kind of hard to forget. He and his 6-year-old son, Cooper, are immortalized in bronze outside Rangers ballpark. A fitting tribute, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Shannon Stone, Firefighter and Father and Rangers Fan: An American Life Recalled

    ​Yesterday, over breakfast, I lingered over the brief piece that appears on Page 44 of The New York Times Magazine: "A Day at the Ballpark." My 8-year-old son, a baseball fan and aspiring catcher, saw the headline and the illustration -- a photo of a well-worn baseball -- and asked what the piece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Sculptor Who Will Make Statue of Rangers Fans Talks About the "Big Responsibility"

    ​In mid-August, the Texas Rangers said that come Opening Day 2012 the team hoped to have near the Home Plate Gate of the Ballpark in Arlington a statue of Shannon Stone and 6-year-old son Cooper as a tribute to the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter killed at the Ballpark on July 7. Said Nolan Ryan ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011

    Michael Young: Half Man, Half Hitting Machine

    Though slumps and stardom, all Michael Young does is hit.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Whitt's End: 9.16.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Every once in a while I take Michael Young for granted. I think of him as a step-slow, reaction-reduced fielder. Then I go to Rangers Ballpark, watch him rip a bases-loaded double down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Rangers Closer to Raising AL West Pennant, Funds for Shannon Stone

    ​Yep, the Angels somehow lost to this laughable outfit again last night -- Anaheim has given up the division by going 5-9 against the A's -- shoving the Rangers' lead in the AL West up to 3 with 15 remaining and trimming their magic number to 13. Nelson Cruz should be off the DL and ... More >>

  • News

    August 25, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Whitt's End: 8.19.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:Talked to the family of Shannon Stone for next week's Observer column. Wait until you hear their other sad story involving a souvenir ball from a Rangers' game. Sorry, you have to wait.Not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Rangers' Good Intentions = Bad Shannon Stone Statue?

    ​I appreciate what the Rangers are trying to do with the announcement of a Shannon Stone statue at the Ballpark in Arlington. By all accounts he was a great guy and a good dad and loyal firefighter who simply made a questionable decision that turned fateful on July 7. I commend the Rangers fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Texas Rangers to Honor Shannon Stone, and Son, With Bronze Statue at Ballpark Next Season

    Shannon Stone​The July 7 death of Shannon Stone at the Ballpark in Arlington continues to impact the Texas Rangers, who moments ago announced that a statue will be commissioned by the ball club to pay homage to the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter. According to the release from club spokesman Joh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Bid on Lunch with Cheap Bastard. Or, Just Eat the Burnt-End Pizza.

    ​August 14, Pecan Lodge Catering and Lockhart Smokehouse will hold a fundraiser to benefit the family of Lt. Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter who died July 7 after falling from the outfield stands at a Texas Rangers game in Arlington. There are $30 tickets are still availa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Rangers' Offense Gone, But Shannon Stone Not Forgotten

    ​So the Rangers exploded for 12 runs Friday night thanks to Nelson Cruz' eight RBI. On Saturday they authored a dramatic 9th-innning comeback, powered by three consecutive bunts and a walk-off hit by Michael Young. So surely Sunday night would provide some thrills. Some entertainm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.22.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Dear NFL owners, you're a slimy lot. Signed, Everyone. Basically on Thursday the owners ratified a proposal, not an agreement. They made a deal with themselves. Then -- with darting eyes th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Stone Family Fundraiser Hosted By Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse

    Shannon Stone​Pecan Lodge Catering and Lockhart Smokehouse will hold a fundraiser to benefit the family of Lt. Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter who died July 7 after falling from the outfield stands at a Texas Rangers game in Arlington. The event, August 14th, at Shed 2 in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Rangers to Honor Blyleven On ... Wait. What's This? Foxy Brown's Throwing a First Pitch?

    ​While we await some return phone calls and sift through some rather nutty legal docs, let's take a closer look at this release the Texas Rangers' John Blake sent out announcing some highlights from the upcoming homestand that begins tomorrow with games against the Jays. Because there are some int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    At the Ballpark in Arlington, New "Safety Initiatives" In Advance of Higher Railings

    Photo by Sam MertenThe view from Section 235, from which Tyler Morris plummeted 30 feet in July 2010​This just in from the Texas Rangers' John Blake: Beginning Friday, when the club opens a seven-game home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers will introduce "a series of new safety init ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.15.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Derek Holland looked unusually sharp from the first pitch last night. Seattle's woeful offensively. I had a feeling, so I Tweetcalled for a no-hitter in the bottom of the 1st. Holland took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Triumph Over Tragedy: Rangers Roll Into All-Star Break

    ​Thursday: The lowest point in the history of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Sunday: The high point of Texas' baseball season. Was sitting at a blackjack table in Las Vegas when I looked up and saw Nolan Ryan in front of a microphone on TV. As the closed caption scrolled "Josh is very di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    The Tragic Accident at the Ballpark Last Night

    At 10:02 last night, an email from the Texas Rangers arrived in the in-box bearing the subject heading "Statement From Texas Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan." This is what it said: The adult male who during tonight's game fell approximately 20 feet from section 5 in the left field lower reserve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    On This "Very, Very Sad Day," Nolan Ryan Asks Media For Restraint and Ponders What Now

    Photo by Nick Rallo​Once more Nolan Ryan gathered the media together to discuss "a very, very sad day for the Texas Rangers organization" -- the death last night of 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone, who fell 20 feet to his death at the Ballpark in Arlington attempting to reach a bal ... More >>

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