This week, a terrible tragedy occurred at AmeriQuest Field. A man, Shannon Stone, tried to catch a ball tossed into the stands by Josh Hamilton for his son, only to tumble over the railing separating the seats from the field, and fall 20 feet to his death behind the outfield wall.
The incident rattled Hamilton severely, as he claimed that he could hear Stone's son screaming as his father fell down behind the outfield wall. He says he's getting by with the help of his family and his faith, and intends to reach out to the family of the dead man in the near future. But if Hamilton thought his week couldn't get any worse, it did when he hit a foul ball into the stands and clonked a fan on the head. That fan required stitches.
Though you can argue that the saintly Josh Hamilton has turned into baseball's most dangerous player-literally, I say that AmeriQuest Park is baseball's most dangerous stadium. I don't remember where I heard this, but building inspectors who came to look at AmeriQuest Field said that the railing which Shannon Stone tumbled over was too short. Someone could easily fall over it in the future.
This is actually the second fatality to take place at an MLB stadium this year. The first was at Coors Field in Denver, CO, where a fan attempted to slide down the railing of some stairs in the stadium, fell, and died after hitting his head on the concrete floor. Admittedly, the fan was acting recklessly, but it raised the question of stadium safety.
Nolan Ryan and the Rangers better cough up the money to fix their stadium, or else this will be the fate that awaits them in the near future: