Rangers fans trash tribute to fan who fell to death in 2011
APR 01, 2014 11:14a ET
The Texas Rangers are in apology mode after their fans left bottles and cans all over a statue dedicated to a fan who died in a fall at the park in 2011.
A photo of the defiled statue made the rounds on social media, leading the team to send out the following response:
"The Rangers certainly regret and apologize for the trash that accumulated on the Rangers Fans statue at the home plate gate this afternoon. With thousands of opening day fans, many of whom had been tailgating, entering the park in the 30 minutes before game time, large amounts of cans, bottles, and other items that are prohibited in the park, accumulated at all entrances. Numerous clean up calls came into the maintenance department in this period, and the club utilized a large number of employees to continually remove the vast amount of trash that was accumulating. The debris on the statue was removed in a timely manner but it should not have been allowed to be placed there in the first place. The Rangers Fans statue is a cherished component of Globe Life Park in Arlington and the club will make certain this situation does not occur in the future."
The statue, dedicated to all Rangers fans, features likenesses of firefighter Shannon Stone and his son. The elder Stone suffered a fatal fall in 2011 when he tried to catch a ball thrown to him by then-Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton.
The statue was unveiled the following season. But on Monday, as fans flooded inside for the Opening Day game, this is what it looked like.
And the reaction was swift.
Wow @Rangers fans. Gotta say that was pretty pathetic. Maybe they should rope off the statue area all together.— Jed Otto (@JOTTO_77) April 1, 2014
To: @Rangers fans who dumped garbage on the statue that honored the fan who died at the ballpark. Be classy. You represent the team.— Madelyn (@MadelynHusted) April 1, 2014