How can you not be? When you are 22 years old, already had Tommy John surgery, and spent four years in the Minor Leagues out of high school?
Nick Adenhart made his Major League Debut last year against the A’s, lasting just two innings, walking five and giving up five runs, it was definitely a start he wouldn’t want to remember. His last start against the A’s, the one right before he died, was one Angels fans and his teammates won’t soon forget. He scattered seven hits over six innings, didn’t allow a run, walked three and struck out five.
Adenhart was taken too soon by a suspected drunk driver. When will people learn not to get behind the wheel of a car after they have consumed alcohol? The driver, 22-year-old Andrew Thomas Gallo, was driving with a suspended license because of a previous drunken driving conviction. He’s being charged with three counts of murder, three counts of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence of alcohol. He is being held without bail.
While he sits in a jail cell, still breathing for some reason, three families are devastated. Adenhart died in surgery; 25-year-old Henry Nigel Pearson, and 20-year-old Courtney Frances Stewart were pronounced dead at the scene.
If you are out with your friends and you’ve had one too many, call a cab, call a friend, call your parents, an uncle or aunt, just don’t get behind the wheel. We aren’t invincible. If this tragedy doesn’t open your eyes, I don’t know what will.