Friday, April 10, 2009

Every time something like this happened, every Indians fan probably remembers.

In March of 1993, the Indians lost Steve Olin and Tim Crews to a boating accident. Starting pitcher Bob Ojeda was also on the boat, but survived. He returned to the mound that summer, but was never the same.

I was at opening day that season. It was a sad moment when the Indians honored the late players. If I remember correctly, there was even a sobbing Chief Wahoo on the outfield wall that season.

In some ways, every March reminds Indians fans of the tragedy.

We've seen tragedies since then. The most vivid was Cardinals' pitcher Darryl Kile, who was found dead before a game in Chicago.

But each tragedy is different. Nick Adenhart's death Thursday morning happened just a few hours after a game he started. He threw six scoreless innings. It was said to be the starter's best game of his career.

But instead of an opening to a great career, it ended up being his final moment on the diamond.

Adenhart was just 22. He had not only a career, but a whole life ahead of him.

The Angels game against the A's last night was postponed, but Los Angeles will be back on the field tonight.

Thoughts and prayers to Adenhart's family, friends and teammates.



At 7:37 PM , Anonymous Jeff G said...

I remember singing "Yellow Submarine" at family karaoke night in 5th grade because I heard it played at Municipal Stadium before Steve Olin pitched.

Also, my first vivd SportsCenter viewing moment...watching that morning, learning about the accident.


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