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July 08, 2011

Rangers Josh Hamilton transcript

Here are a few of the things that Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had to say Friday about the tragic accident Thursday at Rangers Ballpark.

"I understand there's nothing you can do to change it now."

"Behind me I heard someone say 'Hey Hamilton' how about the next one. I turned around and Stone was the first guy I saw sitting there with his son. I gave him a nod and I got the next one and threw it in that direction. I just remember it happened in slow motion. Obviously at soon as it happened, I couldn't help but think about what was happening behind that fence."

On playing today? "The obligation that I have to this organization is nothing that would benefit me from not playing and trying to help those guys. I'm going to play. I talked with Wash. I talked with Gary Pettis about if I feel like I need some time, can I take some time. There's nothing I can do by not playing."

Reaching out to family? "Absolutely. I haven't yet. I'm going to give this situation time to, you hate to think sink in, but I can't imagine what they're going through right now. I can't imagine. All I can think about is praying for them and knowing that God has a plan. You don't always know what that plan is when those things happen, but you will."

Will you continue to throw balls? "I rarely do it just because sometimes they drop and it slows the game down and things like that. The first ball I got I threw it to the ball girl. Then I got a request from someone behind me and I wasn't sure if it was from Mr. Stone or who. You definitely take more precautions."

Did you throw it because of little boy? "Yeah, when I glanced up there, like I said, the first person I saw was the dad and the boy. It looked like somebody who would love to have a baseball. They were the first ones I saw. When I got it, I found them again and threw it in that direction. If the same situation came up and this hadn't happened, I'd do it again."

What was your night like when you got home? "She (Katie) stayed up with me and talked with with me and gave me some encouragement and support. She was there to talk to me if I needed to. The kids stayed up to talk to me for a while. It was just hard for me, hearing the little boy screaming for his daddy after he had fallen, and then being home with my kids, really hit home last night."

You could hear the boy? "That's one of the main things I remember. It's definitely on my mind and in my heart. I can't stop praying today for them."

Did you see it all? "Yeah, I threw the ball and saw him go for it and saw him go right over the edge there. When that happened, it was like disbelief because I know what's behind there. People don't realize what is behind there and they might not have thought it was a big deal but I understood this person could be hurt pretty bad. I was in shock. I kept looking behind me hoping somebody was behind there helping him."

Did you think about throw? "No. You do it so many times you just don't think about it. At the same time, as a player throwing the ball, you don't know what's going through that person's mind who's going to try and catch the ball. It's something to take a look at."

Still throw them? "Of course. That's what the game's all about. The fans come. They pay to see you play. They want to have a good experience at the ballpark. With player interaction, that's part of a good experience. Like I said before, it will be something, situations you'll look carefully where the fans are, how high they are up, what's the railing like."

- Anthony Andro

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Josh Hamilton's interview about the Fan and son who lost his father. This is something that will be remembered.

I cant even imagine the regret and guilt that Josh has to feel. And then the boy screaming for his daddy would have torn me up. I take my hat off to Josh Hamilton for being a truely awesome person for making the statements that he did under such circumstances. Josh has always been my favorite player for the way he handles himself in times of adversity.

josh is a awsome human being he has a heart og gold!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The one thing about josh is he always does the right thing!!!!1 One of the best guys in the mlb. God bless u josh & family

I'm an A's fan but I love Josh Hamilton. I think he has been through a lot and thankfully he came out of it on top and has been able to have a successful baseball career. I know he feels horrible about what happened, but he is right, its part of the baseball experience and everyone would like a ball tossed to them. This just happened to be one of those times when something bad happened. I say similar to what he said, everything happens for a reason and we may never know what that reason is. Things like that don't make it any easier for the family, but there is always a reason. I just hope Mr. Stone's son can still go to a game and have good memories of his father and how much he loved him. It wasn't just a ball, it was a father wanting to give his child a great experience. I feel bad for everyone involved. And Ray Fosse and Glenn Kuiper are getting critisized now. They had no idea the extent of what happened and I'm sure they feel horrible, they are classy guys. People always want to point fingers at whoever they can. Accidents happen.

As a father of two boys and frequent Braves game fans, I cannot fathom horror that little boy must have felt seeing his dad hurt. Josh is a classact for not shirking the questions. Prayers sent to all parties involved in this travesty

I pray not only for the Stone family, but for the Hamilton family as well. As a parent of a 6-year-old son myself, I sympathize. May God's blessings be on all who have been affected by this tragedy.

I pray that the little boy will know that his father wanted that ball for him and that Josh was kind enough to throw it to the father. God only knows why this accident happened ~ I am glad that Josh knows God and realizes it was not his fault. My prayers are lifted for everyone in both the Stone and Hamilton families, the firefighters and everyone who knew and loves Mr. Stone.

My son recently watched his best friend die in a tornado, he tried but couldn't help her. So I know from watching my son go through such a tragedy and a heavy heart, that Josh is probably going to relive that in his head for many years to come. The doctors told me that my son will hear his friends voice the rest of his life. Josh I hope you find peace. You did nothing wrong.

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Josh is my hero. Hes my favorit player ever I just...cant believe this happend its horrible. But hes rigt God has a plan. God bless the Stone family. They will be in my prayers and so will Josh.

This is so tragic!!! But I hope the FD brotherhood will take care of this little boy. This is what they amazingly do!!! God bless all affected!!!

Josh and Katie, we will be praying for you all during this difficult time. We are members of Mid-Way Baptist church in Raleigh. Love in Christ, Natale family.

my heart go's out to Mr Hamilton and to the Stone family my prayer's are with you.

Josh I have followed u since my team, the Reds gave u your second chance! U r one good person-an not just in baseball. "turn it over" and I know u know what I mean. "Nothing happens in God's world by mistake" U and ur family are in my prayers as is the Stone family. May God bless Mr. Stone's little boy and wife!!!!

I do not think that the baseball player is at fault here at all! He was just trying to do something good, and there was a tragic accident. IT is so sad that a son had to see his father die though, but, that is not what the player intended to happen at all. I feel bad for this guys (the fans) family, i mean he was doing something fun that him and his son obviously loved, and it turned tragic, this story has touched my heart deeply. I can not even imagine this happening to anyone, and i send my condolences to the family. I will be praying for them!

jeremy ur a real peace of crap talkin about god like that but everyone has there own opoinos but next time be more understanding

This is terrible and for some reason, I can't stop watching the video. My husband is a firefighter, and we have 2 kids, a 3 year old boy and 10 month old girl. I can not even begin to imagine what this family is going through, let alone Josh Hamilton. He has been through so much and now has to live with this guilt the rest of his life. My prayers and condolences go out to all involved!

Wow to this Jeremy guy really no GOD and I guess you think you have to be kidding yet have fear for GOD is very very real, I pray for Josh Hamilton and his family as well for the Stone family and poor little boy and I also say a prayer for you jeremy that you find God and enjoy the blessings he has instore for tou!

My prayers are for both the Stone family & the Hamilton & team to keep going strong. Must read Heaven Is For Real By Todd Bruno. A very good book & it may hel;p both the Stone family & the Hamilton family to give you peace & reassurance. God's Blessings to you all.

Josh this is a test, a test of your faith in God. Keep your prayers goin up and the blessings will continue to come down. To the Stone family may god strengthen you beyond your imagination and everyone please continue to pray for both the Stones and the Hamiltons. This story brought tears to my eyes.

God Bless Josh Hamilton and the Stone Families in this difficult time. May Our Good Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with each and every one of You. And to all those who have posted messages of Condolences and have prayed and continue to pray for both Families. Jeremy there IS a GOD and HE IS always with us in good times and in bad. He has NEVER left us alone it is Us who sometimes in our daily lives we fail to give him a single minute of our time. Losing a parent is the most traumatizing of all the events that occur in our lives and we all will or have gone through this. Jeremy Stop and give the Good Lord a chance To really change your opinnion of this Very Tragic event. In life we Are all BLESSED to have two Fathers, one physical Father and a Heavenly Father who loves us all no matter who we are or what we have done. All Glory and Praise to Jesus Christ. God bless You Hamilton and Stone Families.

I've never been much of a sports fan, yet this very sad story got my attention. Just the thought of this tragedy that happend in a split second just shows we never know what tomorrow may bring. Or today for that matter. Just the thought of his six year old son watching his dad's fall then death really saddens me more than I can express. Can you imagine going from excitement(over the flying ball) to dad's attempt to catch it for his son then falling turned instantly to despair for this six year old boy? I fight back tears just thinking about it. I attempt to look way back to when I was six wondering what emotions I would have felt had that been my dad & I was Cooper (the son). I can only imagine it would be something that I would carry for the rest of my life. during my Radio Broadcast carreer I've seen/reported a lot of sad stories, but this one is one of the saddest. I can only pray this young boy, Cooper with the love & support of family & friends will recover from what took place that horrible night. My prayers include Shannon Stones family along with his son Cooper, and Rangers player Josh Hamilton. FYI - I just discovered a very comforting & unique book regarding death/loss. It's called "Beyond Reason". Written by a doctor about the loss of his nine year old son. You may take a look at this. My Best & thank you for allowing me to express my feelings. Johnny Goyen, Austin, Texas

My prayers are sent to all involved in this tragedy. As a mother of a son who has became a father in the past year and how I see his love for his son flourish. He also is a fireman and baseball has been his passion as well. He always wanted to be a Professional Baseball Player but when that didn't happen he chose his second passion a Fireman. I know in due time he will as well go to a baseball game with his son and experience all the fun and adrenaline rush in getting a baseball for his son. My point is to not cast blame but cast understanding and compassion for both the Stone family and the Hamilton family. God loves us unconditionally rather we think or believe that. I admire Josh Hamilton for his courage in trying to make a great experience happen for a father and son unfortunately it turned sad. But we have to look at this like it was Mr.Stones time to go and regardless what he was meant to be taken to heaven that night, God just chose it to happen at a ballpark, and not a horrible accident where the little boy could have also experienced severe injuries or worse. So I applaud the fans that are showing support and the prayers being sent to all the families involved. God Bless each and everyone!

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Stones and Hamiltons especially Josh and Cooper. I really hope they can get through this. I just can't beleive this happened.

josh i can feel the outragous pain that u feel and i will pray 4 the stone family and i will pray for u too and to help u feel better is this scene about shannon stones death gonna efect the way u play.even though im only 11 years old i will still pray for u and the stone family.

I couldn't even imagine the pain that Josh is feeling. He has worked so hard and come so far in rebuilding his life and career and no one deserves this. No one is to blame! This is a tragedy that no one can explain and Josh you are a great person with a huge heart who was only trying to make a little boy's day at the game with his father better. We all feel for you and Mr. Stone's family, especially his little boy who saw it all. I am a huge fan of baseball and I have a 4 year old daughter who I have taken to many Braves games already. We get a ball every time we go and she loves it. I hope that Mr. Stones tragic and unfortunate accident doesn't change the experience that fans have in the future. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Stone family and Josh Hamilton!!!

Might I just suggest that we pray especially for Josh Hamilton...he has a rough past, came clean with all of it and right with God, and even when he has slipped up he has publicly repented and gone forward. How many of us could do that? And then, trying to live like a true Christian he does something kind for another person (Stone) and it unwittingly results in his death. I fear for Josh, as this works on his mind, that he may allow himself to slip back to the fantasy world of drugs and temptation he has fantastically come out of. That is not what Shannon Stone would have wanted. God bless both of their families, and place peace in the hearts of all involved. It is needed.

This so tragic for both families envolved. I pray for peace and healing for both families. My team has always been the Braves. And Josh you will have peace and go forward in what you believe. I pray for you. You are a very kind and personable person and great player for the braves. I am a fan of yours. God bless you and and give you peace.

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