With 50,000 fans on their feet, many with tears in their eyes, 6-year-old Cooper Stone stood on the pitcher's mound and tossed the ceremonial first pitch of the playoffs to his favorite player, Josh Hamilton.
Cooper is the boy who saw his firefighter father fall to his death while trying to catch a ball thrown to him by Hamilton during a Texas game on July 7. This was his first trip back to Rangers Ballpark, and it came at the center of a huge stage, with his widowed mother, Jenny, and Rangers president Nolan Ryan by his side.
Wow, thats strong stuff. I recall that, and was just
devestated for this little guy. I have wondered how
he and the family was getting on.
You know, to have that happen at an event where many
of your heros take the stage and perform, its gotta be an
unbelivable hard thing to overcome. At 6 years, most boys
are rabid baseball fans. I am glad he is able to do that.
It will be a huge step for him.