Adenhart honored in pregame ceremony
Angels hold moment of silence, add tribute patch to uniforms
ANAHEIM -- With Nick Adenhart's parents in attendance at Angel Stadium, the Angels paid tribute to the fallen pitcher with a ceremony before Friday night's game against the Red Sox.The Angels showed a video honoring Adenhart with clips from his pitching performance just two days prior, and Torii Hunter and John Lackey held Adenhart's jersey on the mound during a moment of silence, as both teams lined up on the foul lines to remember 22-year-old who died in a car accident just hours after he pitched six scoreless innings on Wednesday.
The ceremony was just one way the Angels will pay tribute to Adenhart this season, as players will wear a patch with the No. 34 above the heart on both their home and road uniforms.The Angels also put a picture of the pitcher on the center-field fence, along with his No. 34 with "Adenhart" written above it. Adenhart's locker will also remain in the clubhouse with his jersey and belongings. The Angels will also maintain a locker for Adenhart on the road. "That's something the guys felt strongly about," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It wasn't even a question or a decision. Everyone felt very strongly about that." Adenhart's parents spent time at Adenhart's locker on Friday and removed some belongings. His father, Jim, kept Adenhart's game jersey from Wednesday, and his mother, Janet, kept his game-worn cap. The two also gathered dirt from the mound. "The magnitude that Jim and Janet are going through right now is hard to imagine," said Scioscia, who has a son similar in age to Adenhart. "They've showed an amazing amount of graciousness and gratitude for all the heartfelt sympathy that's been expressed not only in our organization but outside that. And that's what we're going to continue to do. We need to be there for them."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.