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Single flower adorns cleaned-up Stone family fan memorial at Rangers ballpark

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It's probably fair to say that nobody was more embarrassed than Texas Rangers fans themselves at the sight of trash heaped onto the statue of Shannon and Cooper Stone at Globe Life Park. Back in 2011, Shannon Stone died after he fell out of the stands trying to catch a souvenir ball for his son Cooper, 6 years old at the time. A memorial statue near the ballpark gates was unveiled in 2012.

On opening day, with trash cans apparently in short supply and fans not allowed to bring their tailgating beer cans and whatnot into the park, some thoughtlessly used the base of the statue as a place to put their trash. It was ugly. Not all Rangers fans are like that — as most people hopefully understand — but it needs to be said anyway. And so @AustinLeemer has, at his blog:

The Rangers have since apologized (though it was no fault of the organization), and I made the not-so-bold claim that the memorial would never be defaced again.  Texans hate a lot of [stuff], but at the top of the list is being made fun of or being embarrassed.  I pity the person who dares place some trash on the Stone memorial next.  Have you ever heard of mob rule?

Anyway, I was at the game tonight.  After a walk-off win (literally), my friend Peggy and I found ourselves in front of the statue on the way to our car.  No trash on it at all.  Only a single flower.  She took a photo, and it has since been retweeted by Yahoo! and others.  But will anyone write about this?  Doubtful, but I think I’m ok with that.  I’m mature enough to know that not all Dodgers fans are [bad people] like the ones who beat up Giants fan Bryan Stow.  And I feel very certain that the VAST majority of Rangers fans will police the heck out of that memorial from this day forward.

Amen to that.

For a point of reference, here's the tweet that helped to spark the outrage:

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