12 years ago today many of us woke up to the news that Nick Adenhart’s life had been cut short just hours after his greatest moments on a baseball field. While Nick’s time with the franchise was brief, his impact lives on.
The first game back after Nick’s death was an emotional experience I’ll never forget. One fan did a solid job of filming the pregame tribute.
A blast from the past, This Week In Baseball’s tribute to Nick.
RIP Nick Adenhart, Courney Stewart, and Henry Pearson. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones today.
2009 was an unforgettable roller coaster of a year for Angels fans. Going from the passing of Nick to Vladdy’s clutch hit to sweep the Sux in the ALDS. It also included my favorite moment attending a live game.
On to the links….
Dylan Bundy has a quiet super power. This is really great reading here. Hopefully the front office reads this and gets on board with an extension.
Does it get any better than watching a local guy fulfill his childhood dream and play for his favorite team? I don’t think so. Jose Rojas faced a lot of obstacles but kept the faith and is now suiting up for the Angels.
Joe Maddon thinks “anything is possible” with Chris Rodriguez. Chris is a reason for optimism this season. If he can stay healthy and give the team 90 good innings, that will be huge.
Great visualization on how Mike Trout just keeps getting better. Every year, almost without fail, his swinging strike rate improves just a touch.
A big topic throughout the year will be the expiring Collective Bargaining Agreement between owners and the MLBPA. Tony Clark sat down with The Athletic to discuss all things baseball, particularly the CBA.
While I’m known to dislike the Red Sox, many things go beyond baseball. Last year at this time Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was battling Covid which created heart inflammation. He was activated the day after his 28th birthday and took the bump for his first start in 587 days. Awesome belated birthday present.
Joc Pederson was gifted a waffle maker in the dugout after hitting his first HR as a Cubs. Apparently the North Siders don’t know that candlesticks always make a nice gift.
In other baseball movie news, The Sandlot debuted 28 years ago today.
Hey Hollywood, it has been a long while since we’ve had a good baseball movie. Hank Aaron’s life story is topical and waiting to be told. Come on, can’t you make one less comic book movie and squeeze in a baseball flick?
People complaining about the Angels wasting Trout’s prime need to look at how utterly the Mets have failed Jacob DeGrom. Those numbers are unbelievable.
Tough luck for pitchers in the AL West this week. James Paxton is recommended for Tommy John surgery and Trevor Rosenthal undergoes thoracic outlet syndrome.
Opening Day rosters featured 45 players from rounds in the draft that no longer exist. There’s some pretty interesting information about how many players have come from each round of the draft and which player is the last in MLB to have been drafted in the 90s.