Saturday, April 11, 2009

Angels Beat Red Sox as They Continue to Mourn

Friday night was a tough night in Anaheim. The Los Angeles Angels played their first game since the death of pitcher Nick Adenhart.

There was Adenhart's picture on the outfield wall. Next to it was a black circle with his name and his No. 34 on it. That number was also painted behind the pitcher's mound. There was a video tribute before the game that visibily moved both the Angels and Red Sox players and coaches.

A moment of silence followed as Torii Hunter and John Lackey stood on the mound holding up Adenhart's jersey. Flags were at half-staff at Angel Stadium just as they were around the rest of the major leagues.

The Angels still had his locker the way he left it. There was a makeshift memorial outside the gates of the stadium. Tears were shed on and off the field.

They would actually play a game tonight ... just two days after Adenhart pitched a brilliant game on that same field. Anaheim beat the Red Sox, 6-3, and it provided just a small release from what has been a very tough time for the team and fans.

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