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Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller struggling with Shannon Stone’s death

Jul 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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Shelby Miller, the Cardinals’ No. 1 pitching prospect, had more on his mind last week than getting ready to pitch in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game.  His father was a fellow firefighter and a good friend of Shannon Stone, who passed away Thursday night after tumbling over a railing at Rangers Ballpark, and he got the news after Thursday’s game.

“He was an awesome guy,” Miller said. “He was at my game in Frisco and just really a good person.

“Having it happen to him is just tough.”

Mitch Miller and Stone worked together for more than a decade in Brownwood, Texas, and Shelby said both of his parents would attend Monday’s funeral.

“I can’t weep over it or do anything that’s going to keep me from performing well or something like that,” he said after pitching Sunday night. “It’s definitely in the back of your mind. You think about it, and then you get down, and then you just try to forget about it and it’s not easy. It’s something I’m going to have to get through, me and my family are going to have to get through and the Stones are going to have to get through.”

  1. cintiphil - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    I think this is the biggest non story of the month.

    • jjschiller - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      My favorite thing on the interwebs is when people leave comments at the end of stories that say “I don’t care about this!”

      Actually, I guess my FAVORITE thing is when you find something on one of those eHow or Yahoo Answers things, where someone asks a question and people reply and say “Man, that’s tough. I really don’t know.” Like the internet gives out a participation grade or something.

      But I guess its kind of the same thing.

      • paperlions - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:10 PM

        My favorite thing is when fans of particular teams that post in comments sections reinforce my preconceptions about that fan base. Sometimes confirmation bias is really fun.

  2. cintiphil - Jul 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    If Miller doesn’t have the stones to put up with the death of a “friends father”, then forget MLB. He will never handle the pressure there. So, I repeat, this story is stupid, unless this guy Miller is really going to collapse, because of his friends father. Then the story will tend to prove that he will never play big league baseball.

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