Tonight’s game between the LA Angels and the Oakland Athletics has been postponed to another date, due to the tragic and unexpected death of 22-year-old pitcher Nick Adenhart early Thursday morning.
Adenhart and 3 others were struck by a minivan which ran a red light, slamming the car into a light pole. The driver in the van fled from the scene on foot, but was captured soon after, and was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter as well as a DUI. The man arrested had a history of DUI arrests, and at the time of the accident, had a suspended license from a previous DUI.
Adenhart had gotten the nod to be the starting pitcher Wednesday night, and would end up throwing 6 shutout innings, earning a standing ovation from the Halo faithful after he retired the side in the 6th inning. He went out on top, and with everyone’s respect.
Angels’ center fielder Torii Hunter had this to say about Adenhart,
“He had his whole life ahead of him. He’s only 22, he’s still a kid. He was a great kid, he was funny, he was very popular in the clubhouse and off the field. People loved him.”
Adenhart’s agent Scott Boras broke down at a press conference earlier today, but managed to say, “Some of the most exciting things about what we share in this game is to see the glow in a young man after he takes this step in his life [to become a major league player]. It’s obviously a very difficult moment, but also a very special moment, because Nick’s goal was to be a major league pitcher, and he was very accomplished.”
The Adenhart family also issued a statement on Nick’s behalf.
“He lived his dream and was blessed to be part of an organization comprised of such warm, caring and compassionate people. The Angels were his extended family. Thanks to all of Nick’s loyal supporters and fans throughout his career. He will always be in everyone’s hearts forever.”
It is a sad day, not only as an Angel fan, but as a baseball fan as well. A member of the MLB family was lost today, but he most certainly will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, Nick. You will be deeply missed.