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Fan Tragically Dies At Texas Rangers Game

The Rangers shut out victory over the Oakland A’s was sadly overshadowed by tragedy last night.  A fan reached for a ball and fell over 20 feet and died as a result.

Josh Hamilton may need help getting through this event. Photo by Getty Images

The Texas Rangers beat Oakland last night by a score of 6-0.  Derek Holland pitched a complete game shut out, allowing just 4 hits.  Unfortunately all of that is over shadowed by the tragic death of a fan at last nights game.

In the second inning last night Josh Hamilton tossed a foul ball into the stands, but had he knew at the time what that would lead too, he may not have.  A male fan reached a little to far for the ball and ended up falling over 20 feet.  He would later die due to injuries suffered.  Hamilton was reportedly distraught after the game.  Press was not allowed in the locker room following the win.

Many believe that given Josh Hamilton’s history of substance abuse, he may need extra attention paid to him during this time.  Though not his fault by any means, you know that he feels guilty about the situation.   Rangers President and CEO Nolan Ryan issued this statement following the game:

We are deeply saddened to learn that the man who fell has passed away as a result of this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

-Nolan Ryan

Manager Ron Washington said that he will make a decision today as to whether or not Josh Hamilton will need a day off to recover mentally from this.   After the game though Washington said that Hamilton seemed fine on the outside, but will need to deal with this in his own way.

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