Nick Adenhart: Once an Angel, Always an Angel

Ashley GuckCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10:  Fans gather around a makeshift memorial to Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart outside Angel Stadium, after the game against the Boston Red Sox on April 10, 2009 in Anaheim, California. Adenhart and two others were killed in a car crash on Thursday,  April 9.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Before today, I didn't know much about Nick Adenhart. His name only made me think of baseball, but now that name gives me chills. 


The name "Nick Adenhart" reminds me that life is short, and you should follow your dreams. 


He made his season debut Wednesday night by pitching six scoreless innings for the Angels, living out his dream just hours before he was killed in a hit-and-run car accident. 


According to the L.A. Times, shortly after midnight, Adenhart and three friends were driving through an intersection in Fullerton, Calif., when a minivan ran a red light and crashed into the car. 


The driver of the car that hit Adenhart fled the scene on foot, but was later apprehended by the police and was allegedly driving under the influence. 


Two of the people in the car with Adenhart were killed in the crash and one is in critical condition. 


Adenhart was taken to UC Irvine Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after. He was only 22 years old when his life tragically ended. 


Adenhart signed with the Angels when he was 18, despite just coming off of elbow ligament replacement surgery. He was ranked as the Angels' No. 1 prospect by Baseball America, and made his major league debut last May and ended his career with 4 starts and a 1-0 record.


Adenhart's death sent shockwaves through the baseball community. The Angels postponed the next day's game and there was a moment of silence held before many major league games played on Thursday.


"You think of a young man who realizes his dream and pitches six shutout innings, and drives home and is gone," said Joe Girardi in an article on "Life is not supposed to be like that. I didn't even know the kid, and it's hard for me. He's just a little boy who dreamed about playing in the big leagues."


Nick Adenhart's life ended just as his dreams were coming true.


Less than 24 hours ago he was pitching the game of his life, and now he's gone. 


We'll never know what he could have accomplished.


R.I.P. Nick Adenhart.