A Texas Rangers fan died after falling about 20 feet from the stands, head first, while trying to catch a foul ball tossed to him by a player yesterday. The man's 8-year-old son was left alone in the stands.

The Brownwood (Texas) Bulletin identified the man as Shannon Stone, a lieutenant in that town's fire department and a fireman for 18 years.

The accident happened in the second inning after Oakland's Conor Jackson hit a foul ball that bounced back onto the field, according to Yahoo Sports blog.

Stone lost his balance and tumbled over the outfield railing as he tried to catch the ball tossed to him by outfielder Josh Hamilton. Another fan tried to catch Stone but he was too late.

Athletics Reliever Brad Ziegler was in tears after the game when he found out the man died. "They had him on a stretcher. He said, 'Please check on my son. My son was up there by himself.' The people who carried him out reassured him. 'Sir, we'll get your son, we'll make sure he's OK,"' Ziegler said.

"A man goes to a ballgame with his son β€” it's the ultimate American experience β€” and he dies trying to catch a ball," wrote sportswriter David Brown on Yahoo sports blog.

  • bnatural

    :crying: I saw this on GMA this morning. So freakin' sad..... :crying:

    I wonder if Josh Hamilton blames himself...I'm just curious....

  • TruGemini

    My heart just broke when I read this...that poor little boy.
    Such a sad story

    :(

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    I heard about this! That is one of the saddest things ever!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla

    I feel SOOOO BAD for this man's son having to witness this tragedy. May his father RIP. :cry:

  • kingstonn

    jeez Auntie, what a way to start off a Friday. :/
    may he RIP.

  • Chgoprime

    This is so sad. All he could think of was his child. Have mercy on his son.

  • free

    things like this make me realize that our lives are really not in our hands. we can do any and everything possible to protect ourselves and our children but THINGS JUST HAPPEN. what a sad memory for his son!

  • Feline Feminine

    This is so very sad..my prayers go out to his son and the rest of the family :cry:

  • renegadesince1985

    How sad :(

  • Mother Jefferson

    That is devastating. I hope the little boy will be ok :pray:

  • Anna

    free says:

    things like this make me realize that our lives are really not in our hands. we can do any and everything possible to protect ourselves and our children but THINGS JUST HAPPEN. what a sad memory for his son!

    ~~~~~~~
    Yes, we never know.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla

    I sure hope Sandra has a :newpost: coming soon, this is a really heavy start for Friday :(

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTI5HKrO44 French KI$$E$

    @kingston i concur girl...it's Friday damn...

    this shit blows :wtf:

    RIP damn..... :no:

  • Yardgirl

    This is such a very sad story :cry:

  • Yardgirl

    @Fayla You are so beautiful!! Inside and out!!

  • militaryspouse1

    This is so sad. Such a tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to his son and other family members. Rest in Heaven Shannon Stone

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla

    @Yardgyal GM! sniff sniff..Awww! Thx seestar! :heart:
    U doin ok today?

  • mirsmommy

    That poor little boy. :sad: May his father RIP. My condolensces to this man's family. :sad:

  • FLOATY T

    This is so very sad. Was he a single father?

  • Yardgirl

    I am doing good Fayla, lurking a lot more than posting because I have to be doing the white man work, you know how it is ;) Thank god fi di weeken'!!:danban1:

  • ValerieB1

    Too sad, RIP Mr.

  • Yardgirl

    Cho man, weh di dancing man deh?? :danban1: Oh see him ya!

  • jaqyfine

    Brought a tear to my eye. Wow.

  • http://twitter.com/jaysreallife Jay Bee

    so sad... i hope the MLB start to give oyt free baseball to children.. i know its nothing like getting a game ball, but atleast it would help eliminate pplayers tossing balls and fans trying to catch them... God give them strength

  • Tania31

    OMG this is so sad. I am usually unaffected by news but this is so horrible. God bless that little boy. :(

  • Milf-n-Cookies

    The things we do for our children. This is sad & unfortunate. RIP to the father & my heart goes out to the son.

  • PAHairston

    Hello All. Something good HAS GOT to come out of this. Just like the little boy who witnessed his mother drown herself and her 3 children in her SUV. He managed to escape. A famous NBA star has taken him under his wing and he's literally a mascot for his team. I saw him on tv with the team with the biggest smile on his face. Life goes on. Peace.

  • mrsloveleigh

    Man this is awful. When we went to a Ranger's game we got foul balls that rolled deep into the stands. No leaning over the rail for me

  • masturbatehate

    GM all!

    This is an unfortunate accident and I hope his son who was at the game as well as any other children, wife, family and friends find peace as they mourn and celebrate his life!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    That's horrible. God bless his baby. What a traumatic experience for him.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw1unW4m6DU JayYellaLover

    White people die in the strangest ways... Just a few days ago a white boy died from "planking".

  • http://youtu.be/rGrqW3nx5HM kimip84

    I saw this on Sports Center last night. Prayers go out to the little boy and the mans family.

  • http://twitter.com/eastpointvet eastpointvet

    damn thats horrible

  • Starr

    This is one of the saddest things I've heard in a long time...and his son...jut sad. gotta :pray: for that little boy

  • AllNYC

    Prayers go out to this man's family, especially his son. That little boy must have been so scared.

  • http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5d5eb1d6c7/go-the-f-ck-to-sleep-as-read-by-samuel-l-jackson YSoSeriousPraisesBeigeBeysus

    I feel sorry for the son, not the father. Hope that ball is worth something since he risked (and lost) his life for it.

  • free

    PAHairston says: Something good HAS GOT to come out of this. Just like the little boy who witnessed his mother drown herself and her 3 children in her SUV. A famous NBA star has taken him under his wing and he’s literally a mascot for his team. I saw him on tv with the team with the biggest smile on his face. Life goes on. Peace.

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    that's good! or, as a pp mentioned, free balls for the kiddies because these folks act a fool for these balls sometimes. of course the ball was not worth his life, but he just lost his balance trying to do something nice for his kid. i've busted my azz trying to catch dumb shyt at mardi gras.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    OMG!!! I was so sadden to hear of this... My :pray: goes out to the family... Espically for that baby boy!

    May his soul R.I.P.
    He had no idea that he was taking his son to a game; only to meet with death! :shocked:

  • SylentDreamz

    Such a tragedy!! My thoughts are with family at this time.

  • jealousCNenvy

    Wow, this is the sadest story. I was shaking my head while reading this. Bless his heart (the father), He died trying to catch a ball for his son whom he obviously would die for.

  • CFREE

    LORD HAVE MERCY :pray: THIS IS TOO SAD. RIP TO HIM & PEACE TO THE FAMILY

  • screwball69

    This is the kind of sh(i)t that i don't like hearing about. Im sitting at my desk all choked up. This kind of stuff touches a nerve. Dude trying to have some bonding time with his son and ends up dead. I hope these players acknowledge this little boy. This whole situation is fcked up.

  • ricanlbc

    Reminds me of the girls who fell out the window at that hotel. It happened so fast! too trgic. May the Lord bless his son and the mother come forward to comfort him.

  • DMisses

    Some of my colleagues were at the game and witnessed the fall, I felt sad when I heard about it on the news. They keep showing the video footage over and over which to me is very insensitive to the family and friends of the victim. I would be pissed if they kept showing my loved one falling to his death repeatedly like that.

  • Tertra114

    That is awful, i truley pray to The LORD above to guide me thru this life, cause you KNOW ain't no way in this world that man could have ever even THOUGHT something like would happen to him, just trying to catch a ball during the excitment of the game and IN A SECOND, he is no longer here, and his son has to somehow understand this, Dear LORD please bless this man's soul and his family....

  • LuvnMeIzEz2Do

    oOMG Sandra I'm literally in tears... That is sooo sad!

    *praying for the family*

    Sandra, I love your blog, so imformative! You have the best stories...