Fans use Rangers' Shannon Stone memorial as trash can
Consider what follows to be pretty disrespectful behavior by some fans at Monday's Phillies-Rangers game.
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:
This is the statue of the Rangers fan who fell to his death at the ballpark in '11. Look what people did to it today. pic.twitter.com/zaZgRnMl7W— Kami Mattioli (@kmattio) April 1, 2014
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:
The Rangers Fans statue is a cherished component of the ballpark & the club will make certain this situation does not occur in the future.— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 1, 2014
Really, though, it's not the Rangers who should be apologizing.
(HT: Big League Stew)
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