In Memoriam: Nick Adenhart

reuters adenhart.jpg

there’s one more Angel in heaven, there’s one more star in the sky

I knew I needed to post a blog entry, but I really didn’t want it to be this one.  I’m not going to lie, I had never heard of Nick Adenhart until this afternoon when my mom texted me during astronomy to tell me what happened.  I’m sure I heard his name in passing on Baseball Tonight (sorry, MLB Network, I’m a loyalist), but I didn’t remember who he was when I surreptitiously read the story on my phone.

No matter if we know who it is or not, short-season A or major leagues, the loss of any member of our giant baseball family is a huge one.  After all the stories about Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg and Pacman Jones being psycho, I can tell you that I would never feel the same about a random football player dying.  I don’t know if it’s the whole Sabrina thing or if it’s the fact that one of the teachers at my school also passed away yesterday, but I felt this one bad.  It was all I could do not to start crying in the middle of an explanation of active galactic nuclei.  I feel like I’ve lost a friend, and I know I’m not the only one.

That’s what this game is about.  Long “the American pastime,” a piece of wood and a leather ball have stitched our country together and kept it that way for centuries.  It’s worked this way because that’s just how it works.  Baseball brought me a great relationship with my dad, it got me talking to random people on Opening Day lamenting about how badly Roy Oswalt was doing, and it’s what made me spend 58 cents to mail an envelope to a guy across the country that I’ll never meet because he wanted a pocket schedule.  I love all of you and it’s because of baseball.

May he rest in peace.  We should all be praying for his family and friends and that the man who hit him receives justice.

photo courtesy of Reuters

6 comments

  1. juliasrants

    I doesn’t matter if we knew his name or not. What matters is that we are all human enough to know that this was a tragedy that never should have happened. Prayers to the Angels Organization and Rest in Peace Nick.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. Elizabeth D

    Kylie,
    I didn’t know anything about Nick Adenhart either, but it really saddened me as well. Especially as I began watching press conferences and reading interviews. It’s simply heartbreaking. Like you said, any death in our baseball family is devastating. I’ll also keep your school in my prayers.
    Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

  3. rockymountainway

    This whole thing could have been avoided which is truly sad. Nice post and I just wanted to check in on ya. I snapped a pick of Tulo the other day down in Phoenix and I posted it for you because you came to mind when I took it. I know you think he’s so dreamy!
    Tom
    http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

  4. Txbaseballfan

    Hey Kylie! My name is Brian & I found your link on Zack Hample’s blog, so I clicked to check it out. Your perception on Adenhart’s passing is amazing! You put it in such a poetic & equally poignant frame, that you can’t help but be moved. I fully agree, I hadn’t heard of him either, but I felt it as well. Keep up the awesome work & hope to read more soon. Brian

  5. iliveforthis

    Kylie- It’s a true tragedy when something like this happens. It was just plain carelessness from the other party, who I hope faces all 55 years in prison that his sentence could bring. I’m glad that he could spend his last day in this world doing what he loved.
    Emily
    http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

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