Texas Rangers Fan Death Hits Oakland Athletics Hard, Players 'In Tears'

The Oakland A's were the visiting team at the Ballpark in Arlington when Shannon Stone, a Texas Rangers sitiing in left field, fell to his death while trying to catch a ball tossed into the stands Thursday night. The incident took place near the Athletics' bullpen, as you can see in this photo.

Athletics reliever Brad Ziegler says that after the incident, Stone was asking Rangers employees to watch out for his young son, who was in the stands when the incident took place (and was also trying to catch the ball as his father fell over the railing). Stone was, obviously, talking at that point, so Ziegler was caught off guard when he heard of his death later.

Brad Ziegler in tears over fan's death, had seen him come off field on stretcher but conscious. Assumed he was ok.

Susan Slusser from the San Francisco Chronicle has been reporting from the Athletics' clubhouse about the incident, and apparently the players are taking it hard - the clubhouse was "silent." The Rangers' clubhouse, meanwhile, wasn't even opened to the press.

Stay with this StoryStream for more on Thursday night's tragedy. Visit SB Nation's Lonestar Ball for more on the Rangers.

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