Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton said after Friday's game that the fall suffered by Shannon Stone a night earlier was on his mind throughout the game. Stone fell as he was trying to catch a ball thrown to him by Hamilton and died a short time later.
"You couldn't help but think about it," Hamilton said. "Every time a ball went into the stands or the second deck, you kind of hold your breath and hope it doesn't happen again."
Hamilton also said that he was well aware of a male fan who was struck in the head by a foul ball during one of his at-bats. Fans getting struck is nothing unusual, unfortunately, and Hamilton would like to see fans near home plate more engaged in the game. The fan, by the way, was able to walk away under his own power and might require stitches.
"I saw it happen. Again," Hamilton said. "There are certain times I wish people would play closer attention. Not be on the phone, not be turned away from us talking. When you're sitting around the dugouts and sitting just off the side of the net, the ball can hurt you."
Hamilton also offered this: "It's not something that's going to make me go back to where I was." He was referring to his past battles with drug and alcohol addiction, and said that his faith and support systems are so strong that he's not tempted by his demons.
-- Jeff Wilson