November 19, 2009 |
Tragedy struck three days into the 2009 season, when 22-year-old pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in an April 9 automobile accident, a devastating blow that could have given the Angels every reason to fold. Mike Scioscia would not allow that to happen. The veteran manager helped navigate a grief-stricken team through Adenhart's death and a flurry of injuries to key players to lead the Angels to another division title, a performance that earned Scioscia American League manager-of-the-year honors Wednesday.
October 26, 2009 |
They celebrated with Nick Adenhart in victory, dousing his No. 34 jersey in champagne and beer after clinching the division title in September and holding it aloft as they left the Fenway Park field after beating the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs. Sunday night, the Angels cried with Adenhart in defeat, holding close to their teammate, the 22-year-old pitcher who was killed in an April 9 automobile crash just hours after throwing six shutout innings the night before.
December 31, 2009 |
Notable sports deaths of 2009: Preston Gomez The longtime Angels scouting consultant who had been a third base coach for the Dodgers when they won the 1965 World Series died Jan. 13 at 86 after being seriously injured in a freak accident at a gas station. Ingemar Johansson The Swede stunned the boxing world by knocking out Floyd Patterson in 1959 to win the heavyweight title. He died Jan. 30 at age 76. Jeremy Lusk The star of freestyle motocross died at 24 on Feb. 10 of head injuries after a crash in a competition in Costa Rica.
April 11, 2009 |
Tight hamstrings, sore knees, tired arms . . . the Angels are used to coping with such nagging injuries. Friday night, they took the field with heavy hearts. Playing their first game without fallen teammate Nick Adenhart, the 22-year-old pitcher who was killed along with two friends in a traffic accident early Thursday, the Angels took a 2 1/2 -hour break from mourning to beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-3, in Angel Stadium.
September 16, 2011 |
Torii Hunter will spend part of Saturday at an inner-city Baltimore high school, representing the Angels at the dedication of a batting cage paid for by the Nick Adenhart Memorial Fund. Adenhart, an Angels pitcher who grew up in western Maryland, was killed along with two friends when the car they were riding in was struck by a drunk driver in Fullerton in April 2009 . A memorial fund established in his name provides financial support to youth baseball organizations. "What he really wanted [was]
April 8, 2010 |
It was one year ago that Angels rookie right-hander Nick Adenhart, 22, was killed in a car crash, separated by a few miles and a couple of hours from the best performance of his young career. The emotional scar cut deep, as the Angels and Adenhart's friends and relatives coped with a grief that came to define the season. And the Angels turned that grief into a bond that honored their fallen teammate. Here is an update. At the stadium The black-and-white banner on the center field wall at Angel Stadium, depicting Adenhart in mid-delivery, is gone.
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December 23, 2010 |
After two hours of wrenching, tear-filled pleas for both maximum justice and mercy, the man convicted of murder in the drunk-driving crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends was sentenced Wednesday to 51 years to life in prison. Andrew Thomas Gallo, 23, will be eligible for parole after serving 49 years. "You're right ? I am a horrible person," Gallo told Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey before sentencing. "They had big, bright futures ahead of them.
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September 15, 2010 |
Andrew Thomas Gallo may be responsible for the crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends, but he is not guilty of murder, his attorney said Tuesday in opening statements at his trial. "He did it, and he has to live with that for the rest of his life," said defense attorney Jacqueline Goodman. "But Andrew Gallo is not a murderer. " In her first statements to jurors in a Santa Ana courtroom, Goodman painted Gallo as a young, recovering alcoholic who had tried twice before to overcome his addiction.
September 27, 2010 |
It was 108 degrees in Anaheim on Monday, but Bobby Wilson was practically shivering when he saw a television report that the driver in the alcohol-induced crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends was found guilty of second-degree murder. "I got the chills — it was the same as when I got the call from Janet [Gigeous, Adenhart's mother] that morning" of the April 9, 2009, accident, said Wilson, an Angels catcher and longtime friend of Adenhart. "I still have them.
April 11, 2009 |
Terry Francona has been in tight games and routs. He has managed in the playoffs, the World Series and the All-Star game more than once. So there isn't too much the Boston Red Sox skipper hasn't seen in his 20 years in a major league dugout. But Friday night's game at Angel Stadium, he admitted beforehand, was uncharted territory. Never before had he taken on a team that was grieving over the death of one of its players.