07 July 2014

a ribbon for a fan

three years ago today, rangers fan shannon stone fell over a railing after reaching for a ball and died.  the rangers were playing the a's in the first game of a four game set that night, and for the remainder of the series, each team wore a black ribbon on their jerseys in memory of stone.

this 2012 topps opening day josh hamilton card
shows the ribbon well.  the photo comes from the july 9 game in which hamilton (who was the player that threw the ball in stone's direction) hit a walk-off home run to beat the a's.  i couldn't find any cards showing the a's wearing the ribbon, but here is a photo from getty images
the rangers also erected a statue for all ranger fans using stone and his son as the inspiration.

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