On April 9, 2009, one of the biggest tragedies in baseball history occurred.
Shortly after midnight, a speeding Toyota ran a red light and rammed into the car containing Nick Adenhart. Adenhart was rushed to The University of California, Irvine Medical Center, but it was too late. The injuries from the crash cause the death of the young pitcher.
A few hours prior, Adenhart had a pitched a gem. The right-hander threw six shutout innings allowing only seven hits while walking five and striking seven.
Torii Hunter and John Lackey held the jersey of Adenhart on the mound with their heads bowed down. Afterwards, Nick's jersey was hung up on the back wall of the dugout.
Hunter then went out to take his position in centerfield before the start of the game. He touched the photo of Adenhart on the centerfield wall while his eyes filled up with tears.
Before Jered Weaver threw out the first pitch of the game, he sketched Nick Adenhart's initials into the dirt on the pitcher's mound.
Weaver pumped out 6 2/3 innings, allowing only 1 unearned run as he fought off the tears. The Angels went on to win 6-3. This was a new Angels team. It was no longer the team that had struggled against the A's.
On October 10th, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will battle the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS. Scott Kazmir will deal against Clay Buchholz. It will be tough to find any reason to root against this Angels ball club.