- Death & Loss of Life
Touching moment at the ballgame
Little Cooper Stone
Little Cooper shines
Every kid dreams of walking out onto the baseball diamond for the team they follow while hearing their name announced to the crowd, carrying their baseball mitt and walking up to their favorite baseball player with their mom by their side to prepare to throw out the first pitch for a very important game. Not many kids get this opportunity as it is usually reserved for special guests. Most kids are just happy to see a baseball game from the stands but to actually walk on the field and be given the royal treatment is something very special and little Cooper and his mom, Jenny really deserved this fitting tribute.
It is every kid's wish to catch a baseball at a major league game to keep as a souvenir and what can be more special than a father and his son spending an evening out at a baseball game together rooting for their team and hoping to bring back a major league baseball. For Cooper and his dad, Shannon that was what they had hoped for when they went to see their team, the Texas Rangers play in a midsummer night game on July 7, 2011. It was a heartbreaking tragedy that thrust little Cooper into the media and into the hearts of all who heard the sad and painful story of his father's unexpected death while trying in a futile attempt to catch a baseball for his son thrown to him from the outfielder, Josh Hamilton. Poor little Cooper was right there standing by his father's side when he saw him lean over to try to catch the ball and then realize he had fallen. Shannon survived the fall and was asking for his son as he was placed on a stretcher to be brought to the hospital.
It is never easy dealing with the death of a loved one but when it happens unexpectedly and in such a tragic way and in front of a child it just makes you wonder why it had to be this way. It makes no sense and it makes you realize how unpredictable life is. Little Cooper learned a very sad lesson that night and now he will have to grow up without his father and it just seems so unfair. The Texas Rangers management never had to address a tragedy like this before and they tried to provide comfort to Cooper and the prompt medical attention for his father, Shannon that fateful night. It was devastating news when it was learned that Shannon had died from his injuries suffered in the fall from the stands later that night.
This was one sad chapter the Texas Rangers had to put behind them and focus on the business at hand. The Texas Rangers had a successful season the year before as they were in the World Series but they were no match to the San Francisco Giants who beat them in 5 games. This year the Texas Rangers maintained the same level of success as they did in the previous year and they were able to advance again into the post season to play the Tampa Bay Rays. There was a very heartwarming scene at the ballpark in Texas to start the playoffs with the Tampa Bay Rays and there was not a dry eye in the crowd. That brave little boy Cooper accompanied by his mother, Jenny and Team President, Nolan Ryan were led to the pitcher's mound as Josh Hamilton prepared himself to catch the ceremonial first pitch which Cooper was ready to throw as his mother looked on with pride. It was a special moment and it was very touching and it made you appreciate Cooper's youth and innocence.
Cooper took center stage with baseball in hand and walked to the pitchers mound with his mom standing nearby and Josh Hamilton crouched down to prepare to catch the first pitch which was a very special moment for all who were part of it. I had tears in my eyes as I watched this special little boy who showed so much courage and strength at that moment in time and who touched so many as he wound up and threw a perfect strike in honor of his father with his mom looking on proudly. Josh Hamilton was very sincere and he gave Little Cooper a big hug after catching the ball and walked him to his mother and he hugged her and comforted her with consoling words and then he hugged Cooper one more time and led them to the dugout and he turned and gave Cooper the baseball. You could sense the emotion in the crowd and see the tears of all watching this brave little boy do something very special. It was a wonderful moment that came out of a very sad tragedy. You wish the best for Cooper and his mom, Jenny and you know he did it with a heavy heart and was so beautiful and courageous. He really shined in the moment and he made all in attendance at the ballpark and watching on the television screen very proud.
It really touched our hearts seeing little Cooper throw out the first pitch of the playoffs with his mother by his side to his favorite player, Josh who was trying to do a good thing that fateful night that changed their lives forever!
God Bless little Cooper, his mother and his father who died trying to catch a baseball for his son. God Bless Josh Hamilton too for being so kind and caring and for having a heart and embracing a little boy who is so brave and misses his daddy very much.
Edward D. Iannielli III
Little Cooper Stone throws out first pitch with mom by his side
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