Fans get behind Josh Hamilton after ballpark tragedy

Josh Hamilton Facebook page

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As of Saturday night, a Facebook page created to offer support to Josh Hamilton had more than 17,000 "likes."



Posted on July 9, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 10 at 9:24 AM

Rangers fans are throwing their support behind outfielder Josh Hamilton, the player who tossed a ball to the fan who fell from the stands and was killed at Thursday night's game.

Then on Friday night, a foul ball hit by Hamilton hit another fan in the head. He needed stitches, but was not seriously injured.

There's a newly-created page on Facebook called Support Josh Hamilton, and it already has more than 17,000 people who "like" it.

Fans are leaving messages of support, calling Thursday's tragedy a terrible accident.

"Bless your heart," said a note from Jeanie McBurney Wade. "Just know that this was not your fault. I pray that God will give you peace."

"You were only trying to bring joy to one of your many fans," added Joel Kucel.

Rodney Ewing Burgess agreed, saying: "It's just so sad that a really nice guy, and a real fans' player, did the right thing that just went wrong."

On Saturday night, Hamilton blasted a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rangers their sixth straight win.

Nearly 19,000 people "like" Another Facebook page that has been established in memory of Shannon Stone, the fan who fell to his death. And another Facebook page has been created to offer support for Cooper Stone, Shannon's six-year-old son who was with him at Rangers Ballpark when he fell from the stands.