The Texas Rangers are planning several displays of support for Shannon Stone, the local firefighter who died after falling over the railing reaching for a ball thrown into the stands on Thursday. Among the the ways they will honor him will be the lowering of all flags to half-staff at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The team will also observe a moment of silence before Friday's game against the Oakland A's. A press conference is scheduled for Friday to discuss the incident and aftermath at which Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan is expected to be in attendance.
Stone, an 18-year veteran of the Brownswood Fire Department, died at the ballpark after suffering a head injury. He fell out of the stands while reaching for a foul ball that had been thrown into the stands by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. There has not yet been any word as to whether or not Hamilton will play in the game.