Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tragic Start to Angels Season

I went to the Angels game on Tuesday night, against the Oakland A's. The Angels played poorly and lost, but in retrospect I guess I'm just lucky to be alive. There have been two tragic Angels-related deaths in the past two days.

The first involved a fan who was injured in a fight with two other fans at the conclusion of the Angels' opening day win over the A's on Monday night, April 6th. Although it isn't clear who started the fight or what it was about, it seems that the man was knocked down during the fray and hit his head on a concrete step. The injuries suffered were severe enough that he died in the hospital just after midnight on Wednesday morning, April 8th. Inquiring fans want to know: Where the hell was security while this was going down?

Then, on the drive to work this morning, it was reported that the starting pitcher in last night's Angels game, Nick Adenhart, had died in the hospital as the result of injuries suffered in a car wreck in Fullerton just hours after he pitched six shutout innings for the Angels in his first Major league start of the year and only the fourth Major league start in his young career. Adenhart was apparently a passenger in a car that was broadsided in an intersection by a minivan than had run a red light at high speed. Two others in the car with Adenhart died at the secene. The driver of the minivan was eventually caught, and arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving, felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter.

Tonight's Angels game against the A's has been postponed.

All of which makes the Angels' bullpen problems look pretty darned unimportant.

1 comment:

Bobby said...

As a Yankee fan living here in St. Louis, I watched the Cory Lidle incident in October 2007 with great interest...St. Louis fans are all too familiar with pitchers being cut short in their prime. Daryl Kyle and Josh Hancock were both tragically taken from Cardinal fans over the last couple of years. Tragic, but if there's any coach that can mend the hearts of his players, it's Mike Scioscia.