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Hamilton talks about accident

Posted on: July 8, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 1:49 am
By Matt Snyder

It's likely words can't express what Josh Hamilton is going through right now. I know I can't imagine what it would feel like to toss a ball up to a fan as a nice gesture and have a freak accident result in a death. Even though it's not even remotely his fault, it feels like one of those things anyone would second-guess forever. Hamilton spoke to the media before Friday night's game against the A's, and he seems to be in as good a place as he could possibly be. All quotes that follow are from Hamilton himself, via the Star-Telegram.

"Behind me I heard someone say 'Hey Hamilton, how about the next one.' I turned around and Stone was the first guy I saw sitting there with his son. I gave him a nod, and I got the next one and threw it in that direction. I just remember it happened in slow motion. Obviously, as soon as it happened, I couldn't help but think about what was happening behind that fence."

On reaching out to the Stone family: "Absolutely. I haven't yet. I'm going to give this situation time to, you hate to think sink in, but I can't imagine what they're going through right now. I can't imagine. All I can think about is praying for them and knowing that God has a plan. You don't always know what that plan is when those things happen, but you will."

On what his night was like when he went home: "She (his wife Katie) stayed up with me and talked with me and gave me some encouragement and support. She was there to talk to me if I needed to. The kids stayed up to talk to me for a while. It was just hard for me, hearing the little boy screaming for his daddy after he had fallen, and then being home with my kids really hit home last night."

There's a full transcript on, but the basic gist is that Hamilton's obviously going through a rough time -- likely not near as much as those close to Stone, but it would still be rough.

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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:32 am

Hamilton talks about accident

This is a horrible situation, but like Josh says, God has a plan.  There is no doubt Josh and the boy will develop a relationship out of this and hopefully it will be one that can heal and teach.  I am not sure what the lesson is but for me to try and understand God's plan would be like me trying to explain to my cat how the rules in baseball work, they, we just don't have the mental capacity to understand the big picture.  The brightest thread in the tapestry, though it's color brightly shines, can never see it's purpose in the pattern of the grand design.  Have faith and stay strong to all who are involved or affected by this.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:18 am

Hamilton talks about accident

To the RedSoxFan...

So if you yelled to a friend who was crossing the street and he turned to look at you and got hit by a car in the process, according to your rules it would be 100% your fault and you should be thrown in jail.

Stupidity at it's finest! How can I vote you into office to join the rest of the idiots in Washington!

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:03 am
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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2011 12:32 am

Hamilton talks about accident

Players throw balls into the stands at all games and this was clearly an accident.  As Josh states, it's player-fan interaction.  Players love to put smiles on the fans faces.  Josh Hamilton was interacting as he always has.  Condolences and prayers to the family.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 12:09 am

Hamilton talks about accident

I just read that Hamilton threw Stone the ball??????? Come on....Hamilton you play baseball and know where he's the freaking edge of a 20+ ft least make sure the ball gets there, DAMN! How tragic for that little boy to watch his father fall, and then i read Stone was able to tell the rescue workers to get his boy...check on his boy...make sure he's o.k....that's nothing short of God's work I promise that!!! As for Hamilton, he should've went immediately after the game in uniform to the hospital and been there for support. If he wants in Heaven i hope he makes sure he stays in that little boy's life. Make sure he has a future i'm sure his dad was gonna provide him. I hope Hamilton shows the world what a man he is and do what he needs to for that little boy. If that were me I'd probably shut down with sadness like it was my own family member. My heart goes out to the whole family and friends'll be interesting to see upcoming reports on this one...

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:24 pm

Hamilton talks about accident

Red Sox fan-get a job you dork!

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:48 pm

Hamilton talks about accident

Very sad and very tragic for all involved.  Just have to appreciate life every single day and never take it for granted.  One can tell that Shannon cared greatly for his son, as all he could worry about was his boy after taking a fall like that.  Stories like these just tear one apart.  Rest in peace sir and I hope that everyone else involved here has the strength to make it through such a hard time. 

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:32 pm

Hamilton talks about accident

Leave it to a Red Sox fan to put up a post like that....  You are a moron

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:19 pm

Hamilton talks about accident


SERIOUSLY?!?!  A family loses a father and husband while the 6 year old kid watches and all you think about is your FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE?!  You have got to be an awful person.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Shannon Stone as well as Josh Hamilton. 

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:19 pm

Hamilton talks about accident

100% Hamilton's fault... straight up.
 he should be thrown in jail 

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