Cooper Stone got to throw the first pitch at the Texas Rangers game — but the mood was far from celebratory.
The last time six-year-old Cooper Stone went to a Rangers game his world was turned upside down.
Earlier this summer, Cooper watched his father, Shannon Stone, fall 20 feet down to concrete floor — head first — after trying to catch a ball thrown to him by his boy’s favorite player, Josh Hamilton.
The little boy’s first trip back to the stadium since his father’s death was welcomed by 50,000 cheering fans, as well as friends and family. Cooper threw the opening pitch to Josh and then he and his mother, Jenny Stone, walked in front of home plate to meet him for the very first time.
The reunion between the three was very emotional.
‘I just asked [Jenny] if they were believers in Christ and she said they were,’ Hamilton told the Associated Press. “I said, ‘Well, we know where your husband is right now. Make sure that the little one knows who his daddy was and what he stood for.’”
So sad! And even though the mood was somber, Cooper showed signs of happiness.
“Just to see the smile on his face and him enjoying himself,” Hamilton said, “it was pretty special to see.”
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— Nicole Karlis