Adenhart should be remembered

By Jonathan Aviles

Here I am thinking that the first week of Major League Baseball
will be one for the ages. Something fans will be able to look back
on in the far off future and think, “thank God for baseball.”

Well, now I wish that the season had never begun and we were
still in March. On Thursday, I woke up to the news of the death of
Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart.

Adenhart, along with three others, including Cal State Fullerton
student Courtney Stewart, were driving away from a popular Orange
County dance club 15 minutes away from Pomona when a drunk driver
struck them.

Two passengers were killed instantly, including Stewart, while
Adenhart and the fourth passenger were taken to UC Irvine Medical
Center.

As of Sunday, the fourth passenger is said to be in serious
condition.

Just hours before his death, Adenhart made an impressive
six”inning start where he held the Oakland Athletics scoreless.

This was his first start of the year and he did everything he
could do to ensure an Angels’ victory.

However, the Angels’ bullpen squandered the lead in a
heartbreaking loss. Little did anyone know the team would end up
losing more than just the game that night.

Knowing how great Adenhart must have felt that night ” only to
end his life hours later at the young age of 22 ” is devastating to
think about.

He had reached his dream of playing professional baseball and
was coming off his most successful performance of his short career.
Then, just like that, it all ended.

While a majority of us view this as a tragic end to a promising
life, we must ensure that we learn from this sad event. We should,
as a whole, put an end to drunk driving.

I’m sure you’re aware of the negative effects of alcohol. I am
in no way saying don’t drink, but simply listen to the TV
commercials and drink responsibly.

With Adenhart’s death, we learn that even if we don’t drink we
can still be affected. Some guy decided to drive after drinking and
he took the lives of three young, promising individuals.

He didn’t know his actions would affect millions, but they have
in the worst kind of way.

Reach Jonathan Aviles at sports@thepolypost.com

No Manny needed here

No Manny needed here

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