Josh Hamilton recounts his Thursday

July, 8, 2011
7/08/11
8:35
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton just wanted to give a 6-year-old a baseball thrill.

So when he threw a foul ball earlier in the game to the ball girl in left field, he heard voices behind him say: "Hamilton, how about the next one?"

Hamilton looked up to see Cooper Stone, a 6-year-old sitting with his father. Hamilton nodded to let them know he heard them and when Conor Jackson's foul ball ricocheted off the seats down the left field line and bounced right to Hamilton, he didn't hesitate to turn and flip it toward 39-year-old Shannon Stone.

"It looked like somebody that would love to have a baseball," Hamilton said.

Stone reached out, went over the rail and fell approximately 20 feet onto concrete, tumbling into a gap between the left-field railing and the left-field wall, which contains a videoboard with the out-of-town scores. Cooper Stone witnessed the fall.

Shortly after Stone fell over the rail, Hamilton heard Cooper's voice.

"Hearing the little boy screaming for his daddy after he had fallen and then being home with my kids really hit home last night," Hamilton said. "It's definitely on my mind and in my heart. I can't stop thinking about that little boy and his family."

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Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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