The widow of a Brownwood firefighter who died at a Texas Rangers game last week says she is thankful for the public's support and that Josh Hamilton remains her son's favorite baseball player.
Jenny Stone, wife of Shannon Stone, submitted a statement to the Brownwood Bulletin, which published her remarks Tuesday, one day after her husband's funeral.
Last Thursday, Shannon Stone was trying to catch a foul ball tossed to him by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton for his son Cooper, 6, when he fell over a railing and into a gap between the stands and a scoreboard in left field.
In the statement, Jenny Stone says, "While we have been overwhelmed with sadness by his death, we have also been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and sympathy that we have received, from complete strangers as far away as New Zealand, to the former president of the United States of America [George W. Bush, who was at the game], to our closest friends and family."
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She also expresses thanks to the Rangers' organization and calls team president and CEO Nolan Ryan "a true Texas gentleman."
"Josh Hamilton remains Cooper's favorite baseball player, the Texas Rangers will always be our team, and baseball will always be our favorite game," she says.