The Texas Rangers fan who fell over an outfield railing while trying to catch a ball tossed by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has been identified as Shannon Stone of Brownwood, Texas, Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram confirmed. Brownwood is about three hours southwest of Dallas. Stone was a lieutenant at the Brownwood Fire Department, and was a native of Cleburne, about an hour southeast of Dallas.
A link to a Facebook page posted by Kennedy shows Stone in a picture with his son, who was standing next to him, also trying to catch the ball, as Stone fell over the railing. Stone reportedly asked ballpark employees to look after his son when he was taken away on a stretcher. The Facebook page also identifies Stone as a Rangers fan.
Our thoughts go out to the family of Mr. Stone after Thursday's tragic accident.