Calling All Angels

Two weeks ago today, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs passed away. He was found dead in his hotel room in Texas, where the Angels were set to play the Texas Rangers. The cause of death still hasn’t been determined.

He was 27.

His 28th birthday was Saturday.

Hearing about Tyler’s passing makes me think of Nick Adenhart, another young Angels pitcher who lost his life ten years ago after his first start for the team.

The day he passed, the game was postponed between the Angels and Rangers, and during the All-Star game last week, there was a moment of silence and the players wore a “45” patch on their jerseys.

The Angels played their first game back home on Friday night.

The Angels honored Skaggs with an emotional ceremony before their first home game since his sudden death on July 1. They honored him by donning his No. 45 jersey. They honored him by inviting his mother, Debbie Hetman, onto the field for the ceremonial first pitch. And they honored him, improbably, with a combined no-hitter, delivered by Taylor Cole and Felix Pena in a 13-0 trouncing of the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium.

ESPN

I, of course, missed the game because they were playing in LA, so I woke up Saturday to what happened. This is what made me cry:

This team left everything on the field and knew that Tyler was watching over them. I’d like to think that he’s with Nick right now.

It’s not fair to the Angel that they lost Nick ten years ago, and now they’ve lost Tyler. But it’s amazing to see how the sport brings everyone together. It seemed like the entire baseball world stopped when Tyler’s passing was announced.

That entire team was out there on Friday playing for Tyler. He’ll always be an Angel ❤

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