We’re not particularly huge Los Angeles Angels fans here at Ladies…, but on a day like today it really doesn’t matter what teams we like best. I think that, when a baseball player dies, anyone who likes baseball can shed a tear, regardless of the team logo the deceased wore when he played.
Many, many, many people around the baseball blogosphere have taken a moment today to post about the sudden end to Angel pitcher Nick Adenhart’s life.
And, it sucks that we even have something like this to post about. I’ve already blogged about this at another site, so I’ll try to be brief here.
I saw Adenhart pitch in person just one time, last summer when he and the other Salt Lake Bees made a visit to Omaha for an interleague series against my Royals. The Bees were solid and had a comfortable grip on first place in their division, and the Royals were…not so much.
Adenhart was the starter for the third game of the series, and allowed Omaha to score just once in 6.1 innings. After the game, a coworker and I passed some Bees players in the hallway on the way out of the stadium, and told them, in all seriousness, that Adenhart beating our boys had broken our little hearts.
Looking back…Nick can have that win, after all. My little heart has been broken by bigger things now.
If you’re in the LA area…go to a game when the Angels resume play, and cheer hard. It doesn’t matter if you hadn’t heard of Adenhart until today – the players are heartbroken and would probably love to know that fans will share in their grieving process. Baseball, as it almost always does once April arrives, will go on.
In fact, baseball did go on without Adenhart today, except for the Angels game of course. I’ll let legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully take it from here: (via Leitch)
If I may speak for every member of the Dodger organization, our heartfelt and deepest sympathies to the mother and family of Nick Adenhart, and to every member in the Angels organization, for the untimely accident and death of young Nick last night at the tender age of twenty-two. Nick, from Maryland, had pitched six scoreless innings and was in a car with three friends, and a driver apparently went through a red light and T-boned the car, killing three of the four, including Nick, and one other member is in critical condition. And if there is one thing I’ve learned in all my years — and I haven’t learned much — but the one thing I’ve learned: Don’t even waste your time trying to figure out life.
Ground ball through for Andre Ethier, and life continues for those who still have it. And with a leadoff single, Russell Martin will be coming up.
But I would say, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a moment and say a prayer in memory for Nick, especially for his parents. What a shock to lose a twenty-two-year-old.
Andre Ethier at first base, Russell Martin the batter, James Loney on deck, and the Dodgers try to strike in the second inning against Kevin Correia.
EDIT: I don’t know why I even try. Joe Posnanski said it better, at Sports Illustrated.