Yesterday morning when I made my way downstairs, M told me he had bad news. I was kind of engrossed in watching a segment on GMA about Mommy Makeovers and just brushed him off for a few minutes.
I shouldn’t have brushed him off.
He told me a fan had fallen out of the stands in Arlington, Texas trying to catch a foul ball. He choked up when he said it was a dad there with his son. It got to him, probably in the same way the Casey Anthony verdict got to me, because of our sons. We have young boys. I know M can’t wait to take them to baseball games, just them and Pop.
On my way to pick up a disc of images for my appointment next month, I was listening to CNN and heard Nolan Ryan talking about what had happened.
I’m going to be perfectly honest. I got a little mad.
Almost a year ago to the day, a fan fell out of the upper level in that same stadium when he was trying to catch a foul ball. If I were more into researching right now, I’d get the exact quote, but the gist of what Nolan said was they had an inspector come in, they were told they exceeded the minimum height for railings per the IBC [International Building Code], and the chose not to raise the railings.
So let me get this straight. Someone falls out of the stands trying to go for a foul ball and you think it’s okay to ignore the obvious problem because you exceed the minimum? I hope Shannon Stone’s death won’t be in vain. I hope the team raises the railings in the stadium. My heart breaks for Josh Hamilton, who said hearing the little boy screaming for his daddy after it happened was difficult for him.
What bothers me most about this entire situation is it took Nolan Ryan’s request to the media to stop playing the video out of respect for the family for them to stop. It shouldn’t have, because they should not have aired it in the first place.
The pain of an entire family should not be newsworthy. I understand the media has to report things like this, but there was no need to show the video.
Anyway. That’s my two cents. What do you think?