Firefighter's son to throw 1st pitch for Rangers

The ceremonial first pitch before the
Rangers' AL division series opener against the Rays will be thrown
by the young son of a firefighter who died in a fatal fall during a
Texas game this summer.
The Rangers announced about three hours before game time Friday
against Tampa Bay that Cooper Stone would throw out the first
The child's father was Shannon Stone, a Brownwood firefighter
who died less than an hour after he tumbled headfirst over a rail
in left field during a game July 7. Stone fell about 20 feet to
concrete behind the outfield wall after reaching out to catch a
ball tossed his way by All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton, the young
boy's favorite player.
Cooper Stone, who was 6 at the time, was with his father when
the accident occurred.