there are plenty of folks in and outside of the Rangers organization who are keeping Josh's mind right about the situation.I'm sure the entire Brownwood FD will be in attendance, but other depts will be sending representatives (most likely off-duty) - not everybody and their big spotted dogs.If the bozo who called in is so worried about the danger of fire, he can stand out in his yard, at the ready, with his thumb holding back the flow from the hose
Whoever is attending the funeral besides those who would have had he died a normal death, I hope have asked for permission from the widow. And don't turn it into a side show.With that family's luck, the Westboro Baptists will show up.
If you're so sick about it - take the picture off the website. Put up the information on how to help out the family with the various accounts that have been set up.
For my own personal benefit I'm avoiding all info about this story. I've cried, hugged my kids, prayed for the family, and donated money. It just turns my stomach.
What has happened to America?People want to blame everything that happens on something else instead of taking responsibility for their own actions.
I feel so bad for his family and for his son. Josh Hamilton is in a weird postion. I heard that he will be reaching our to the son and family at a later date but is giving the family time to mourn.
10:54, WTF? Who is blaming anyone for this tragedy? It's unfortunate and sad, and people are expressing empathy and support. No one is blaming anyone, here or anywhere else as far as I can tell. Lighten up, Francis.
10:33, If Skippy took your advice then he wouldn't be a thenthitive liberal weenie anymore.
Picture needs to be removed !
I suspect this is going to be the most hated comment on your blog today. I feel really sorry for this guy's family but it seems like everyone is trying to make him into a hero. He's not. He's just a guy who made a bad mistake and he paid the price. He didn't die in the line of duty while saving someone's life. He leaned over the rail at a baseball game and fell, that's it. I don't think it's necessary for all these people to take off and honor him. Do we do that for every soldier killed defending our country?
11:13 Pay attention please.The railing at the ballpark and/orJosh HamiltonYou should try and get out a little more.
Well said, 11:44.What can we expect when the American public has become so wimpy.
This makes me cry every time I think about it. Heard that his son bought a new glove for the game, and never had even got to play catch with his dad with that glove. So sad for the kid all around.
"take off the picture.....come on"
brewcrew, man i am right there with you.
11:44, That is all true
11:44,I suspect not all people will understand. Dad and son to the ball game.Dad has a chance to get a ball which had to ne discussed prior between father and son.Dad tried.Son watched.Son all alone.Listened to ambulance banter while dad was dieing.Son was scared. Had to wait to be reunited with mom.Baseball is a father son son event. The trip was probably planned weeks in advance. You know the dad was looking forward to spending time with his son and cooper probably would have rather been there than anywhere else. I could go on......but I can't.
11:44... Your prolly right. What a Jerk-off...
I agree with you 11:44. And it doesn't 'make me sick' and it certainly didn't bring me to tears. I think it's a sad deal, just as anyone's death is sad for their IMMEDIATE FAMILY, but as for the rest of us, doesn't really make much of a blip on my personal radar. I just don't get you folks who feel everyone else's pain so deeply. That's just beyond my comprehension. He shouldn't have leaned out so far...just as people shouldn't drive so fast. Same thing....accidents cause death. **it happens.
The dude very foolishly made a dive for a ball he could have purchased at Wal Mart for three dollars. How very strange.Anyway his family will be well cared for, firefighters life imsurance is always worth three or four hundred thousand dollars. I don't understand getting all worked up about "Donating to his memorial fund".Next time to honor his memory stay in your seat like he should have.
PLEASE remove he pic.
11:44 he is a hero not for the way he died but for the way he lived and the way he sacraficed to help others. A firefighter dies all firefighters mourn he didnt have to die in duty. Military veterans get full military honor funerals even if they dont die during their deployments. Its the same thing he had a heros job a firefighter, he died (although not fighting a fire) he is still a hero. A hero can do heroic things during their lives yet die from something completly different.
I win again.DF Charles Darwin
You have such bad taste for leaving up this picture. I'm done with this blog as I think most should or will be because you are showing your true colors....Nothing but shock value know concern for the human condition. Throw up some pictures of Ms. Anthony's dead baby while you are at.
2:51 Blah blah blah. Firefighters and cops CHOOSE those professions. Doesn't make their lives worth any more than anyone else's. Get a grip, people. A guy did a stupid thing and kicked the bucket for his stupidity. MOVE ON.
3:11 You better call every news outlet in the surrounding areas and tell them how sorry they are too.Someone please change 3:11's diaper. It's starting to stink up the place.
@2:51, I'm sure he was an honorable man and a good father, and he deserves an honorable burial. But, if he had died doing his job and saving someone's life we still wouldn't be having all this hooplah. I'm saying in spite of all the good things this anonymous stranger did we are glorifying him for a stupid mistake and I think that's wrong. If he hadn't died that would be the blooper of the week and we'd all be laughing and Barry would have the exact same video on his blog.
I to think it is in poor taste it would be good if it were pulled (the photo}, BUT let's remember,he is a lawyer..........
The only thing to me that is worse than this is when my husband took my son (who is now 32) to a Rangers game at the old ball park, and got George W. Bush's autograph on the foul ball that was tossed to him by Jeff Kunkle. Georgie Boy had that "deer in the headlights" look when asked to sign the ball, but be was probably just drunk. I kept it in a shoe box for decades and finally gave it away because it was bad mojo.
I don't have a problem with this photo. In fact, I think the Rangers should post it all over the ballpark to remind people to keep their wits about them and remember what happened to this guy, who was presumably sober and physically fit. (And then remove them for consideration of what I'm about to say next)On a side note, I think that after a certain period of time has passed, and if the guy's family is open to the idea, the Rangers' organization should offer the kid a golden ticket - a lifetime pass to the park. He might not want to see the place right now, but later in life, it may be someplace he wants to visit regularly
I don't see the harm in showing the picture. I watched the video a number of times the day after it went viral.. Kinda interesting, actually, in a morbid kind of way. Only one of the million ways to die...not such a big deal, guys.chill out!
3:27 I'm with you on this one.Why do we try to make them heros it the job they are getting paid to do (Police, Firefighter, Oilfield worker,) they all are doing a job but whenever one dies the are heros instead of assholes.I use to be a cop and a firefighter so don't hate.
Watched the video many times as well...he lost all comprehension of what was happening... he didn't try to reach back and grab the bar....or reach back.... stabilize with his feet.... it was like I'm getting this ball no matter what.... and no matter what was death.
So what ever happened to the ball?
Racial slurs, threats to the president, hatred for poverty sticken folks who get a hand from the government are just fine on here but show a picture of an actual news event and some of you are offended. Your sensitivity buttons are way out of tune. Checking in here is still more entertaining than a visit to the zoo.Uncle Wally
I agree Barry - the picture should be removed. One story I read said that the widow had asked for the video to be removed; I would think pictures would fall into the same category - please respect the family.
I think the video can help prevent a future accident by showing what can happen for the fans seated on the front rows. I feel so sorry for the family but they can not watch the video.
Maybe he should have stayed in his seat.Just sayin'.
He was a tool.
1:11True it was an accident and very sad. the family is heart broken and many others are always affected by the sadness even though it did not happen in their family.If you don't have anything nice to say, it is best not to say anything. You cannot live a good life when you openly make cold statements about others like you did in your comment.
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