Back in July of 2011, Shannon Stone fell to his death at a Rangers game, performing a generally benign act, one replicated countless times every night at every baseball stadium across the country – leaning over the railing for a ball. It was and remains a tragedy, compounded by the wife he left behind and the son who had no choice but to watch.
I don’t have the statistics. I don’t know that we ever could accurately record a statistic of this nature. But I’m confident that the probability of falling in this manner period, much less to one’s death, is less than being in a plane crash. But Shannon Stone's story is not the first and won't be the last.
You can raise the railings. The Rangers did just
that. You can push back the seats from the railings. Just about
every stadium in
People lose all sense at the prospect of securing this spherical souvenir. And it’s bad enough when one puts himself in danger, but most folks don’t stop there. Check out this candidate for “Father of the Year:”