Josh Hamilton likes idea of fan statue

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who tossed the foul ball into the stands that Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone reached to catch before falling over the rail, is pleased the club is honoring Stone by erecting a statue at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The full-size bronze sculpture will depict Stone, who passed away from injuries sustained in the fall on July 7, and his 6-year-old son Cooper, who attended the game with him.

"I think it's great," Hamilton said. "It shows how baseball can create a bond between father and sons and family. It can be a pretty special thing."

Hamilton said he still hasn't talked with the Stone family. He wants to wait for the proper time and said he's been keeping up with how they are doing and will contact them when he feels "like they've had time to adjust and go through the grieving process."

Hamilton has altered how he handles flipping balls in stands. He still does it, not wanting to deprive fans of a chance to catch a baseball and have a memento of the game. But he won't throw them in high places or to fans near railings.