Somber Friday in Anaheim
The Big A, Edison Field, Angel Stadium — whatever they are calling it these days — has always been one of my very favorite venues to work. The weather is always nice, the press box is in a perfect location in the open air. It’s easy to get around. I remember thinking a few times that it’s impossible to be here and not feel happy.
Well, today it is very possible. In all the times I’ve been to this park, this is the first time I’ve ever seen it be truly cloudy, gloomy and overcast as it is today. And it’s just so fitting given the mood around here after the tragic passing of Nick Adenhart yesterday. He was a 22-year-old righty with his whole career in front of him before he was killled in a needless hit-and-run accident. Just awful, absolutely awful.
It was chilling to walk into the press entrance today and see the shrine that has been created in honor of Nick. Flowers, cards, hats, uniform, pictures, you name it. Just a completely heartfelt thing that so many people have contributed to.
The Red Sox clubhouse had a very different feel to it today. They were quietly respectful.
Sure, there will be a baseball game today, but it won’t have that usual feel. Not by a long shot. Both teams will be trying to win, but more than anything, it will be a matter of just wanting the Angels to get through this difficult day and move on.