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Thursday night, Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington, 7:30pm, section 5 of the left field lower reserved seats. Josh Hamilton was pitching against the Oakland A’s. Hamilton threw a foul ball into the stands during the game, a fan reached out to catch it, lost his balance, and fell 20 feet to his death.

The man who died was a 39-year-old firefighter from Brownwood, Texas named Shannon Stone. He brought his six-year-old son Cooper to the game so the boy could watch Josh Hamilton, his favorite player. He had purchased Cooper a baseball glove to bring to the game, and the two dreamed of catching a ball hit or thrown by Josh.

You just never know.

There have been 900 deaths related to baseball games since 1862. Surprising, only one from a foul ball. Some were, as you might expect, from heart attacks. A few from lightning strikes.

You might think, “If you’re not safe at a baseball game, you’re not safe anywhere.”

You just never know.

Did Abraham Lincoln know he would die on April 15, 1865;

Did President John F. Kennedy know his last day on earth would be November 22, 1963.

Did Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin know he would die on November 4, 1995.

Did Beatle John Lennon know he would die on December 8, 1980.

Did any of the 1253 people know they would die that morning, Sept 11, 2001?

Jonathan Edwards had it right.

“Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.”

You just never know.


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