The base of the statue depicting a Texas Rangers baseball fan who fell to his death last year was surrounded by empty beer cans and other trash Monday, prompting team officials to issue an apology via Twitter.
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Shannon Stone, who was 39 at the time of his death, fell head-first over a railing while trying to catch a baseball tossed to him by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton for his young son at a Rangers home game in 2011. Stone had been a firefighter for 18 years and was a lieutenant with the Brownwood, Texas, fire department.
One of the tweets sent out by Rangers officials on Monday night said the beer cans and other trash on the statue of Stone and his son, Cooper, “was removed in a timely manner but it should not have been allowed to be placed there in the first place,” adding that the ball club’s maintenance department received many calls about the trash and workers did their best to remove the debris as quickly as they could.
The trash piled up on the statue as fans were waiting to get into Globe Life Park for the Rangers' opening day game Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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