Two years ago, the Rangers unveiled a memorial to Shannon Stone, the fan who fell to his death while trying to catch a ball during a 2011 game. Standing just outside the home plate entrance gate at Globe Life Park, it features Stone and his son, and is dedicated to all baseball fans. It's also a handy place to leave…
"The Rangers will raise the height of the front row rails at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to 42 inches, an increase of as much as 12 inches in certain areas of the park, as part of new safety initiatives at the facility following the death of fan Shannon Stone... The rail that Stone fell over was 34 inches." [ESPN]
Your morning roundup for July 9, the day Detroit teaches us to respect the crackheads who walk among us.
The death of Shannon Stone, the man who died after falling at Rangers Ballpark, had personal meaning for me. As a kid, I had an irrational, omnipresent fear that I would trip and fall while descending the aisle in the upper deck, and go over the edge. Especially at Shea Stadium, where the stairs were alarmingly steep.