Boy Whose Father Died In A Freak MLB Accident Throws First Pitch Of The Playoffs — So Heartwarming.

Sat, October 1, 2011 8:02pm EST by 6 Comments

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.”

What do you think, Hollymoms — is this the saddest story you’ve ever heard? Weigh in below.

— Nicole Karlis

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Posted at 11:36 AM on October 3, 2011  

Please, out of respect for the victim’s wife and child (and other family members) stop showing this video. The mother/wife has stated that the only thing she wants from the media is to stop showing this video so that her son will not have to see it OVER AND OVER! It does not take a lot of imagination to realize how this man died…..he went over a rail and crashed down below to his death, right in front of his child. We do not need to see the video anymore… is offensive. I would have loved to see a video of the boy throwing out the first pitch to his favorite player and a smile on his face to let us all know that he is OK. This little boy is in my prayers and I hope he knows what a true hero his daddy is and will forever be.

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He was a FIREMAN

Posted at 9:31 AM on October 3, 2011  

I live in North Texas where this story had been very big in the news. It’s very sad, don’t get me wrong, but what an idiot. What it doesn’t say in the article is that the man was a FIREMAN. He should have known better and have been more careful. Yes, it is sad for the little boy, but it could have been prevented. It’s just a baseball people. No need to get overexcited and kill yourself in front of your son.

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Posted at 1:51 PM on October 2, 2011  

wow both of yall are stupid. how is it Gods fault that he died? he gave us all free will, it was his choice to reach for the ball. saying that, it was an accident, its kinda hard to determine balance wen u are looking up. he was trying to get a ball for his kid. stop being so heartless and put ur prayer out for his family

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Posted at 9:38 AM on October 3, 2011  

He wasn’t looking up that much. Plus, the railing was shoved into his gut if you watch the video. How could he not have known he was going over the railing? Also, he could have caught onto the rails when he went over, but he wouldn’t let go of that damn ball. He was very stupid to have done this. But, for the boy, I will give a prayer none the less.

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Wow some help

Posted at 12:20 PM on October 2, 2011  

Who is the idiot that leaned over and did all that for a stupid ball. And his friend isn’t exactly helping him. Any body knows that you do not do that!

Nice dive for a ball he leaned over to far! Who is his friend trying to
Help. His son looks like he is cheering.

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Posted at 12:58 AM on October 2, 2011  

Who is Christ? Is he the one that designed a stadium with gaping holes in it that people can fall into and die? Or is he talking about his almighty god, who let this father and husband fall on his head and die a torturous death..

I cannot believe that they came back to that death trap, I would have gone too if it were my dad who died…and once there I would have walked up to Nolan Ryan and handed him the lawsuit for 30 million that I would be suing their negligent asses for.. and say, you have been served you greedy, stupid bastards.

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