Disgrace! Memorial to Rangers Fan Who Died at Park Becomes a Garbage Dump
The statue memorializing the firefighter who died from a fall at a Texas Rangers game three seasons ago appeared as a garbage can on Opening Day at Globe Life Park.
In 2012, the Rangers erected a statue depicting, Shannon Stone, a Brownwood firefighter who fell to his death after reaching for a baseball souvenir tossed by Josh Hamilton, and his son Cooper. Yesterday, a picture of the statue, littered in beer cans and other junk, went viral.
"The Rangers certainly regret and apologize for the trash that
accumulated on the Rangers Fans statue at the home plate gate this
afternoon," the team said in a statement. "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."
Placed near the home-plate entrance, the statue has become a popular meeting place for fans, a la the bat at Yankee Stadium, and witnesses a high-volume of passersby. Like most stadiums, Globe Life Park prohibits fans from entering with their own commissary in tow, so the statue apparently acted as a final resting spot for the prohibited cans of unthinking fans. Concerns about terrorism at mass gathering spots has led to a reduction in barrels that could be used to hide explosives but are generally used to collect debris of the like that wound up temporarily marring the tribute statue.