The first 10 minutes of media availability for Josh Hamilton during All-Star Monday were dedicated to his feelings after the death of Shannon Stone, the Rangers' fan who fell from the stands Thursday and died less than an hour later from injuries suffered after trying to catch a ball thrown to him by Hamilton.
Not much has changed since Hamilton met with the media Friday. He continues to pray for the Stone family, continues to think about the accident and continues to pledge that he will meet with the family when the time is right. That's not right now, he said.
Team president Nolan Ryan and executive Jim Sundberg attended the funeral in Brownwood. Hamilton said he hopes to meet with the family face-to-face.
"I know the funeral was today," Hamilton said. "The organization has some representatives there. Someone asked me last night if I was going to the funeral today. I don't know Mr. Stone, I don't know his family, so I don't feel it's my place to be in an intimate setting such as that.
"I was also asked if I was going to reach out to the wife and son and family. I am, at the right time. As far as the grieving process as a family, I can't imagine what's going on with that. When I feel like the time is right and enough time has passed, I definitely will reach out and talk with his wife and family.
"My family is still praying for the Stone family. It was an accident. It was tragic. It's going to impact and make a difference as far as throwing balls into the standings and reassessing the situation before you toss a ball up. Where it you're tossing it to, how high is it up, all those things come into play. It's just unfortunate. You take it for granted. It's an everyday occurrence. We do it a few times a day every day. You start taking things like that for granted.
"I don't know the all of the answers to everything, but I have a relationship with God. It's changed my life. In some ways, I feel like I was picked. In a lot of ways I feel like I was picked, because in my situation I just happen to have faith. My family's handled it well also. It's been tought, but we've talked through some things and we've prayed a lot.
"I'd be lying to you if I said I haven't thought about what happened. But I realize I can't do anything about it. It's could to be around these guys. I'm here with my wife. I get to spend some time with them.
"It's been an absolute rollercoaster -- from the accident to the team winning games, having a winning streak, to having the walk-off the other night to being here at this moment. Your life has to go on. I still have some feelings about everything that happened. But I've enjoyed being here."
-- Jeff Wilson