Reaction to the fan death at Rangers Ballpark
Reaction to the death of a fan who fell about 20 feet onto
concrete reaching out for a baseball tossed his way by Rangers
outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game against Oakland on Thursday
”Every time you see fans trying to catch a ball, I always get
scared. We toss the balls to the fans just trying to be nice. It’s
not like we want anybody to get hurt.” – Boston Red Sox designated
hitter David Ortiz.
”It’s really beyond tragic. It’s just so sad. It’s such, a
friendly part and a happy part of the game, especially with a
father and son and for it to end in such a tragedy, it’s just full
on brokenhearted. It’s just such a tough, tough thing, it really
is.” – Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford.
”It’s not been an easy day. There’s gonna be a stretch here
where we’re all gonna grieve for a while.” – Oakland Athletics
reliever Brad Ziegler.
”Everybody has a heavy heart, regardless of what side you’re
on. You go out and do your thing on the field. … Everybody
handles it differently. There’s not one piece of medicine that you
can give somebody because we’re all human beings and all handle
things differently.” – Oakland manager Bob Melvin.
”I know I get nervous when I see guys reaching over the upper
deck for foul balls all the time, foul balls come up there, and it
shows you, boy, you don’t have to fall very far for something bad
to happen. You just can’t believe it when you see it.” –
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker.
”It’s a very sad situation. I just put on TV and listened to
Nolan Ryan and very sad. Very sad moment for baseball and the way
all that happened. His family was there. A very, very dramatic
thing. In the meanwhile it’s just something you always wonder about
it that somebody doesn’t get hurt. I saw a kid get hit yesterday
behind the first-base dugout. Luis Salazar get hit by ball. But
that’s part of the game. But when somebody loses their life when
somebody is trying to be nice, I’ve never seen that before. That’s
why I think it shocked a lot of people because that never happened
before in baseball – I don’t remember it happening in the game.” –
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
”Players have been giving baseballs to kids in the stands as
long as we’ve been in the game and baseball is always saying `Hey,
you have to be really careful with those things.’ Guys are trying
to do something nice and this happens and it’s really sad, it’s
heartbreaking. I think it’s a situation that baseball has really
been on top of. Like I said, it’s something you always worry about
when you throw a ball up, people scramble for it, they might get
hurt, and that’s kind of what baseball has been talking about for a
long time here. I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s
gut-wrenching. It’s really sad.” – Minnesota Twins manager Ron