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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: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 7:21 pm

Hamilton talks about accident

This sucks.  I have Hamilton in my fantasy league and now this freakin accident is maybe going to cost me 1st place in my league. I almost didn't draft him cause of the drugs.  I mean he's been a decent pick up in my league, but still you study and draft as well as you can and then this crap happens. I hope the guy lives so my boy doesn't let it effect him at the plate.  Come on Josh!  Bring me the title baby!

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 6:41 pm

Hamilton talks about accident

It was a total freak accident. I hope the family of Shannon can recover from this loss and the Josh doesn't blame himself. 

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 6:28 pm

Hamilton talks about accident

So heartwrenching!  That poor little boy will never be the same.  Thoughts and prayers go out to that family from my little girls and I!  I lost my wife tragically when my girls were 2 and 3.  ONLY time heals .......  Josh Hamilton is a class act, he will do the right thing!

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 6:20 pm

Hamilton talks about accident

What a horriable tragedy,my heart goes out to the Stone family and that little boy,Josh too,like he said God had a plan it was in no way anyones fault just a freak accident.My prayers go out to all involved!

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