Rangers' Good Intentions = Bad Shannon Stone Statue?

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I appreciate what the Rangers are trying to do with the announcement of a Shannon Stone statue at the Ballpark in Arlington. By all accounts he was a great guy and a good dad and loyal firefighter who simply made a questionable decision that turned fateful on July 7.

I commend the Rangers for cementing his legacy. I'm not sure a statue is the way to go, but I'm real sure the team shouldn't be criticized for trying to do the right thing.

You can say there are contributors to the organization more deserving of a statue and I won't argue. Mark Holtz, for example. And I also know the Rangers have a history of quirky honors in weird places. Cal Ripken Jr.'s plaque in the visitor's locker room, for example.

Granted, it will be strange.

Fans getting fired up for a game and entering the Ballpark in 2012 will be met at the home-plate entrance by a life-sized bronze statue -- titled "Rangers Fans" -- of Stone and his 6-year-old son, Cooper. Not real inspiring. More so sobering.

But if it saves one life as a reminder to be careful inside, then I'm all for it.

Maybe a missing seat in left field would be better? A modest plaque somewhere? Some folks will see the statue not as an honor for Stone or a celebration of loyal fans, but merely a reminder of a tragic accident.

I think the Rangers' hearts are in the right place, even if the monument might be a tad misplaced.


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Lance
Lance

Bad idea. The Rangers have done enough to honor the Stone family, it was a freak accident, but fans don't need to be greeted by a statue of a fan just like themselves at the home plate entrance. Statues are reserved for legends of the organization.  

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Dammit (thanks to Slop for teaching me how to curse) I'm outa here for 4 hours and all Hell Breaks loose. Me likey most of the commentariets efforts, can't believe Effing Hammer showed or could read..but do agree with the calling out. I don't care if it's commercialized or not, you should respect our veterans and firemen. Eff the Police. (heard it in a song)What's up with the traffic up in heara? I thought interns and Marc had shit to get back too? I know the Love's in Ardmore has been looking for their village idiot. (Sloppy Joe)The Face is money on offense right now, and for most of his career..but to not agree with the butcher assessment, you all must not be aware of sabremetrics or your name is Joe Morgan.Rangers are looking good going into the 5th, one more inning by the Dutchoven and we're up 6.J'ssib has made it to within one point of 2nd place in the SFBL..and is having a monster night tonight..Merten is almost dead, long live Merten.

Ccnoah7668
Ccnoah7668

I'm just glad they decided to move the statue to the home plate entrance, rather than having it lean out over the left field railing as originally planned.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

RW, I figured that if we give ya hell for not having very good posts, we should give ya props when ya have quality posts.

The two today were good. I think the comments reflect that. Except for Sloppy Joe.

What the Whitt?
What the Whitt?

They should give you a statue RW.  I mean you are a lifelong Ranger fan.  Well, lifelong fan until the Mavs win it all and the Rangers look very mediocre, then you are not so much.  But now that the Rangers look to be going back to the post season, you are the #1 fan again.  Statue worthy for sure.

Radio Soothsayer
Radio Soothsayer

i have it on good authority that the ranger's will soon erect a statue of its soon-to-be-dead former flagship, 105.3 the Fail. 

connielowe1
connielowe1

So, someone dumb enough to fall over a railing gets a statue in their honor? I just don't get what all the fuss is about.

Jackdesmond22
Jackdesmond22

Call my cynical, but fact is the Rangers wouldn't be erecting this statue if the guy was some car salesman who was out with a buddy instead of a firefighter with a son,  Fact is, e some typical dude made a moronic decision for a stupid baseball...and they erect a statue to him for that???  The best thing they could do as he had his kid with him is maybe start a scholarship for the boy.

Richie's cum stained anus
Richie's cum stained anus

Hey, Sybil's Beaver...come hang out with me tonight! Armen is coming over and we can take turns being plowed by him.

Mayor_of_Meh
Mayor_of_Meh

Good intentions aren't always the best ones...I can see both sides.... 

spanky mcgee
spanky mcgee

maybe they should have a pre-game ball catching seminar on the anniversary of his death instead of a statue.  it would serve way more purpose.

mbtankersley
mbtankersley

I always thought they should have Holtz taxidermied and his mouth made animatronic They could then store him in the booth, and whenever the Rangers win, they could wheel him out and he could say, "Hello, Win Column! Hello Win Column!" fans could photograph themselves with him, he'd be a part of the ballpark forever. A win all-around.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

I think it's a wonderful tribute.

As Shannon Stone's wife said, "Shannon and Cooper had a special relationship, and we are touched and grateful that it will be memorialized at one of their favorite places," she said in a statement. "Our hope is that this statue will not be a symbol of our family tragedy but rather a reminder of the importance of a family's love -- love of each other, love of spending time together and love of the game."

I don't think it will be creepy or anything of the sort. I commend the Rangers on this decision.

Ccnoah7669
Ccnoah7669

in honor of all local firemen, the rangers should erect statues over all railings.this to prevent the next local fireman from clumsily falling over already high railings

defecating pigeon
defecating pigeon

RW i figured if this guy complimented you he must have had too much cough medicine

Gustnado
Gustnado

I know exactly what you're talking about. Its not like someone toppled a stage at a state fair like I did the other day. BTW, darlin what color them panties yer wearin?

Armen's Anus
Armen's Anus

Did somebody say erect? Just hearing that word makes me clinch up. How many times does it take for me not to bleed anymore? Armen is starting to get pissed that all of his underwear is bloody.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Y'all sell a paper on which both sides can be printed? Marc? Memeograph shit and stuff?

Karl
Karl

Could we have the mom overweight and riding in one of them Walmart scooters so's we remember not to make fun of people that park in handicapped places?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Or, the Rangers could replace the decking that was taken out a couple of years back..and then nobody could fall 20 foot..just my two cents.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

The Jeremy Bentham bit is done. That is seriously not cool.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

that type of copy and paste is too sentimental for RW to post here. It's kinda funny, how emotional RW was about the guy and his wife that died on their harley, mainly because they weren't wearing helmets. This seems to me, kinda "meh" to him.

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

What the fuck? What the motherfuck? Seriously, what in the motherfucking shit?

How do you manage this level of hypocrisy? People rant about the genitals of numerous Fan personalities, make lewd, distasteful statements, CONTRIBUTE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO THE SPORTS TALK, and you're calling me a fucking bit? And that fucking ugly pile of shit JSIB is trying to get me blocked? What the fuck, man?

As of right now, Joe Tone still has his job and the world is a worse place because of it. We'll break international law to go after Mohammar Gaddafhi, who was our nominal ally for decades. We'll spend billions upon billions of dollars to go after Latin American drug smugglers, who are only providing the supply for the US demand. But no one will lift a finger to get Tone out of here. What the hell? What the fuck?

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

These posts by Lewin's... and Richie's... are exactly the kind of filthy shit I've been talking about. You assholes and Tone are going to block me but not this?

First of all Joe Tone, suck it. Secondly, resign from your job as editor you lazy, hypocritical turd. Save whatever remaining dignity you have left you corrupt, inept fuck, and let someone else who gives a damn do this job.

mbtankersley
mbtankersley

I disagree. It would honor Rangers history as well as bringing smiles to the faces of dozens of toddlers.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Shannon Stone wasn't bro-ing it up, leaving a bar at 2am..with young children at home.while Cycling without helmets..that's why RW isn't as emotional about this.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Dude, seriously.  If the comments bother your sensibilities so much, why are you reading them?  You are wound waaaaaaaaay too tight.

Armen's Anus
Armen's Anus

Your mouth is filthy. It is time that you are banned sir! Joe Tone...make it happen!

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

My bit makes you happy? Like mother like son, I suppose. You fucking gay, bitch!

Lewin's Labia
Lewin's Labia

you typed 12 words and got 4 curse words in, are you feeling better now.  why all the anger at Tone?  keep ripping though, eventually youll tear me

Old Granny Farbarple
Old Granny Farbarple

And don't forget about the billions we spent keeping Mr Whipple from squeezing the Charmin.

MoronDog
MoronDog

Your bit makes me happy.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Turd? You and Elton John, and Space have the same thing in common. POW, and take dat wit you, Flamingay fadeaway like RW on a nerd hoop.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

We get it - you're pissed at the world. Move along now, boy.

MoronDog
MoronDog

Your whining is making me strong.

Shan Shariff's Shaft
Shan Shariff's Shaft

Let's go hang out with Armen, Sybil's Beaver and Richie's cum stained anus tonight too. While they have their fun you can suck on me until I explode in that dirty mouth of yours!

Choppy's Chubby
Choppy's Chubby

your language is filth mother fucker, you're such a hypocrtical moron. Dont you have some more richie defending to do.  Are you the call screener at the Fan, making sure no one gets on the phone with richie?

Sloppy Joes Sloppy Ho
Sloppy Joes Sloppy Ho

Eat me douchebag, i left you for a reason, and it was your, shall we say "small" problem and shitty attitude

#1 FAN FAN
#1 FAN FAN

Gooood, let the hate flow through you.

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