Fans use Rangers' Shannon Stone memorial as trash can

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You'll recall the tragic story of Shannon Stone, the Rangers fan and veteran firefighter who, while attending a game in 2011 with his young son, fell to his death at the ballpark. You'll also recall that the Rangers later honored Stone and his son Cooper with a "fan" statue

Unfortunately, this is what became of that memorial prior to the Opening Day contest between the visiting Phillies and Rangers:

As you can see, some fans in attendance in essence used the Stone statue as a garbage dump. That's pretty lousy and disrespectful behavior, especially considering what this memorial represents. My guess is that the people responsible were too lazy to walk, say, 30 feet to the nearest trash receptacle. 

To the Rangers' credit, they cleaned up the mess after it was brought to their attention and publicly apologized:

Really, though, it's not the Rangers who should be apologizing. 

(HT: Big League Stew)

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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