Rangers Fans Honor Fallen Firefighter With Impressive Beeramid

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You'll remember Shannon Stone as the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter and father who tumbled to his death while reaching for a ball during a July 2011 Rangers game. Kind of hard to forget. He and his 6-year-old son, Cooper, are immortalized in bronze outside Rangers ballpark.

A fitting tribute, the two-year-old statue is also apparently a killer place to put your opening-day empties.

A photo of the debris-covered pedestal went viral last night, prompting a suitable dose of tut-tutting from various corners:

See also: Texas Rangers to Honor Shannon Stone, and Son, With Bronze Statue at Ballpark Next Season


In response to the photo, the club accurately noted that the ballpark on Monday welcomed "thousands of opening day fans, many of whom had been tailgating" and that "large amounts, of cans, bottles, and other items that are prohibited in the park accumulated at all entrances."

"The debris on the statue was (sic) removed in a timely manner but it should not have been allowed there in the first place," their statement said. "The Rangers Fans statue is a cherished component of the ballpark and the club will make certain this situation does not occur in the future."

To properly honor the deceased, the beer containers should be full and contain something better than Miller Lite.

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43 comments
j_angel180
j_angel180

When the name changed to Global Life Park with the multimillion dollar ten year deal you think they could afford to enclose the statue with rails and place a few trash cans around it as well as by the entrance. Have some respect people.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Actually, just called em. They ARE entertaining the idea of putting a railing around it. So I asked what happens if someone gets injured reaching over that railing. Do THEY get amemorial to injury at the memorial? The lady there has a sense of humor. So I told them to do nothing, but put a bin about 6 ft away.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

Thankfully, due to his trade, the likelihood of Josh's killing any more Rangers fans was greatly reduced.

Fred-dorfman76
Fred-dorfman76

Maybe if he would have obeyed the numerous signs posted that say do not lean over the railing, there'd be no statue to desecrate.  Besides Wash left trash on the mound yesterday, what's the big deal?

Steve
Steve

Why does he get a statue anyway?   Why remind people of death upon entry to the park?   Why remind people that a man made a bad decision and the very park they are entering was not constructed in a manner sufficient to save his life from a seemingly benign act?

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Why don't they put a railing around it? Oh. Oooooh.

Never mind.

timothyalvin
timothyalvin

I'm here to argue that "debris" as used here is singular, not plural (though the plural of debris is also spelled debris). So "the debris was removed" is perfectly grammatical and does not merit a (sic).

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

*dang* Not what I was expecting.

I read that headline as: Impressive Beermaid.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

There wouldn't of had a issue if they didn't put up their PR statue in the first place.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

2 observations:


1) What a bunch of slobs.


2) Why didn't the Ballpark management have trashcans out there?


And a bonus:


3) Looks like Arlington missed out on a bunch of PI tickets.

manbreadj
manbreadj

That there's some fine T A&M engineering goin on there.

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

That shit wouldn't a happened ifa Nolan was still here.  'Member when he whooped ole Ventura?  Don't mess with Texas!    

JSSS
JSSS

It's a stupid statue in the first place. 

prm0061
prm0061

Maybe it started with a few people just saving him his favorite beer.... Maybe.

unclescrappy
unclescrappy

This is a good example of why I dont waste my $$$ on trying to fight the elbows & assholes that go to these events. Much easier to sit on the couch & use a trashcan (something a lot of neanderthals that went to the game yesterday dont know how to do)

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Welcome to Tarrant County!

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Many come out later looking  for their beer where they left it .

kingbrad2534
kingbrad2534

@ColonelAngus  If by "trade" you mean, "Signing as a free agent with the team that paid him the most" then your lame joke may be funny.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Steve  I like the idea of the statue, I mean, it depicts what a lot of fathers want to do, which is take their son to a ball game

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

Ditto. I also immediately envisioned what is commonly referred to as a "German Beer Wench" on first read.

In my case, the wench was wearing red running shoes and was filibustering me.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul That's why I was wondering. I suppose there is some sort of open container zone for tailgaters but how far does it extend? I always figured that you would get a ticket of some kind if you left the parking lot with a beer in your hand and tried to take it with you to the gate. So is the takeaway here that we can have an open container of beer with us all the way from the car to the entrance of the ballpark? If so, the line to get in just became a lot more pleasant. I would much rather stand in line with a few cold beers to drink instead of my usual big gulp that's roughly 90 proof.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tpfkap

Arlington will make up for the loss of PI revenue by arresting a bunch of rowdy children at Chuck E Cheese.

JBoy
JBoy

@manbreadj   too soon.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Wrong. Philly phans would have refilled them with processed beer and left em.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@whocareswhatithink

Careful analysis of the photo shows no Iron City, Yuengling, Rolling Rock or PBR. The prevalence of Miller Lite shows suggests Cowboys fans.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JSSS

The addition of beer cans improved it. Maybe they'll revise the statue to incorporate the public contribution.

I still think it should have been designed to catch the guy mid-flight.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@prm0061

I met Gary Qualls in Crawford when Folks had gathered there to welcome American Heroine Cindy "Who?" Sheehan - he told me where his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Louis Qualls, who had died at Fallujah, was buried at the National Cemetary in Dallas. He asked that when I visited his grave, that I honor him by leaving an unopened beer.

When I did visit many months later, there were about ten beers of various brands at his grave. I'd wager there are several there now.

So, maybe the same thing was going on here. ya never know....

dingo
dingo

@unclescrappy  

'trying to fight the elbows & assholes...'


Head on on out on a 101 degree August mid-week night and you won't be fighting anything from the looks of what they trotted out to the pitcher's mound yesterday.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@P1Gunter  you assume that it was only tarrant county people doing this, which I highly doubt.  But you know, Welcome to Dallas County, were we let our bums piss and sleep on our memorial to the President we killed

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@bvckvs @j_angel180  

Yes, by all means, let's put 8 foot tall guardrails topped with concertina wire around everything that is over 3 feet off of the ground.

That way no one will ever die.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@ScottsMerkin 


......then risk their lives for a stupid inanimate object which in this case was a baseball. Although what happened was tragic it was not a heroic gesture. It was an idiot move with consequences. On top of it all, his kid saw the fall and the two compound fractures of the fathers arms.  

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@JustSaying I think it was only yesterday. Everybody (well mostly) had a beer in their hands on the way up to the gate. They don't have enough man power to stop it so it's just a matter of not having a riot.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Isn't that cemetery in Grand Prairie? I don't believe it is in Dallas.

prm0061
prm0061

@TheRuddSki  That was my first thought... I mean, it makes sense to me. Maybe his fire fighting buddies left him a few unopened coldies and it just caught on. Although, there are some empties there, but still. Like you said, ya never know.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin

Those aren't bums, those are displaced, homeless communists who still hold a grudge over that Cuba thing.

Some of them frequent this blog.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@tdkisok I kind of thought your comments came across as you being heartless dick, you pretty much just proved it.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

@ScottsMerkin @Mervis_Earl@JustSaying Enforcement is bad for business.  How it works logistically is anyone's guess, maybe by way of a big donation to the annual policemen's ball.  NASCAR races at TMS always brought your question to mind.  150,000 fans, most of whom have been drinking since dawn, get in their cars, er, trucks to leave after the race and no one gets nailed.  Curious.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Mervis_Earl @JustSaying  Its like that every year on opening day.  Im less likely to do it on a regular night game but my buddies do it, and no one has ever said a word as long as they dump it in the trash can by the stadium gate

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@P1Gunte

officially Dallas.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@prmO061

Yep. The "pile" does appear orderly, not casually tossed. I agree with your assumption.

When I go, I want the empties casually tossed on my ashes, which will be casually, albeit illegally, tossed on Wendy Davis.

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