Rangers fans trash tribute to fan who fell to death in 2011

A statue depicting a Rangers fan who fell to his death was defaced by fans on Monday.

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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 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.