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07/12/2011 04:02 pm ET Updated Sep 11, 2011

Josh Hamilton On Shannon Stone's Death: 'I've Thought About It Quite A Lot'

On Monday, Josh Hamilton took questions from the media for the first time regarding the death of Shannon Stone, the fan who died last week while attempting to catch a ball that Hamilton tossed to him during a game.

"This is life," Hamilton told members of the media in Arizona. "There are tragedies, things that happen that you have no control over and you don't understand them."

Team owner Nolan Ryan said last Friday that Hamilton was "very distraught" over the death.

Hamilton did not attend Stone's funeral on Monday, saying "I don't feel it's my place to be in an intimate setting such as that. But when I feel like the time is right and enough time has passed, I'll definitely reach out and talk to his wife and little boy."

The Rangers slugger, who will bat fifth and play center field in Tuesday's All-Star game, also said that he has thought about Stone's death "quite a lot."