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(TMZ)   Angels starting pitcher Nick Adenhart suffers the ultimate loss   (tmz.com) divider line
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3418 clicks; posted to Sports » on 09 Apr 2009 at 11:48 AM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2009-04-09 5:17:30 PM  
You know what? If anyone believes in predestination or something similar, pitching 6 scoreless innings in your first MLB appearance isn't a terrible way to go out. If the kid was one of those who died instantly, he was probably on Cloud 9 until the very end.

/Still an incredibly sad story
//For everyone
 
2009-04-09 5:31:02 PM  
Any drunk-driving death should result in a manditory life sentence for the driver.
 
2009-04-09 6:25:39 PM  
damn, that sucks.
 
2009-04-09 6:27:34 PM  

murp0837: ... If the kid was one of those who died instantly, he was probably on Cloud 9 until the very end.

/Still an incredibly sad story
//For everyone


According to the news reports, he was alive when the paramedics arrived, but his outlook didn't look good. He didn't die until this morning, during surgery, just before the press was alerted.

Don't know if he was conscious at all during that time.

/hope he wasn't
 
2009-04-09 6:42:17 PM  
Stunning news. It's really so senseless. I don't drive a car much, I prefer riding a motorcycle. I have become so hyper-aware on the road, especially at so called, "stop lights."

This type of "accident" can happen to anyone, anytime. People blow through lights all the time, and most of the time it has nothing to do with alcohol or drugs. It is typically due to inattention, fatigue, and pursuit of non-driving activities - like texting.

When you are on a motorcycle, and you want to survive, you pay a lot of attention to these type of activities, since there are no distractions, and the inherent danger of motorcycling is tattooed on most long time riders brains.

Is their a point? Pay attention out on the road. Even in a case like this where a drunk driver blows through a red light, you can still react, if you pay attention, and be an active driver.
 
2009-04-09 6:57:35 PM  
Vlad n Fig: I'm just a longtime fan whose first "real" memories are of Lyman Bostock's memorial game, and their loss to Baltimore in 79 - F'in Doug Decinces. My family had tickets to the 86 world series.

Ha! Doug DeCinces. I work in the construction business and he called here one day (he's in real estate now, I think). It was all I could do not to yell at him "farker! Making that diving stab on Jimmy Anderson and why oh why did you swing at the first pitch in the 9th inning of Game 5 with a runner on 3rd and no outs?!?! You killed Donnie Moore man!".

But I like my job, so I didn't.

bigwill64: I wish... hes in CA remember? he will be out in 2 thanks to overcrowding and then sue because he wasnt allowed enough time at his court mandated yoga and pilates class

Oh for fark's sake. After you get the sand out of your vagina, campaign for the legalization of marijuana and other non-heroin related drugs, the pathetic and utterly failed "War on non-white, non-middle class people" erm "War On Drugs" is why the prisons are overcrowded.
 
2009-04-09 6:58:28 PM  
Dear general public: Wait until you get home to start drinking, you farking assholes!
 
2009-04-09 6:58:35 PM  
What a tragic loss. On behalf of A's fans everywhere I offer my sincerest condolences. Life is so fleeting. Let this be a reminder to us all.
 
2009-04-09 7:18:06 PM  
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The middle one is a mugshot from a prior.
/Hot like the girl who was the driver in the Mitsubishi (see below)

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2009-04-09 7:29:11 PM  
I came here for "Angel Goes to Heaven"
 
2009-04-09 7:33:46 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: Horrible news. This A's fan will be pouring out a 40 in honor of Nick and the Angels.


I really hate the moments that force you to realize that baseball isn't the most important thing in the world, and this is one of them.

RIP.


Absolute tragedy for this man's family, he had a long life ahead of him. Remember any day can be our last...
 
2009-04-09 7:42:14 PM  
expobill is bummed!
Go Halos!
 
2009-04-09 7:44:45 PM  
Oakland A's FTW!
thanks good luck this season!
 
2009-04-09 8:01:47 PM  
To the 3 who passed RIP, to the murderer FU
 
2009-04-09 8:43:11 PM  
darwin or something.
 
2009-04-09 8:43:37 PM  
The car belonged to the girl driving.

And this is why I don't drive late at night anymore.

RIP, Nick and friends.

/friends used to laugh at me because I wouldn't drive if I'd been drinking
//out of those, one died in a DUI crash and four others have had DUI arrests
 
2009-04-09 9:00:37 PM  
Drove by Angel Stadium on the way home from work today, a few hours after hearing about this.

Sad day
 
2009-04-09 9:05:44 PM  

Dr. Nick Riviera: Fark. 22-year-old pitcher, finally looking like he was going to get some serious time in the big leagues, and killed in Fullerton of all places by a farking drunk driver. Probably the biggest tragedy to hit the organization since Donnie Moore. So sad.

/Huge Angels fans
//Let's go Halos!


The crazy part is that the guy drove away. In Fullerton, you can't go half a block without seeing a cop. Plus, FPD will pull you over for so much as looking at a bar.

Fullerton sucks.
 
2009-04-09 10:25:22 PM  
Didn't Joba Chamberlin just get arrested for drunk driving?
 
2009-04-09 11:18:56 PM  

fsbilly: Dr. Nick Riviera: Fark. 22-year-old pitcher, finally looking like he was going to get some serious time in the big leagues, and killed in Fullerton of all places by a farking drunk driver. Probably the biggest tragedy to hit the organization since Donnie Moore. So sad.

/Huge Angels fans
//Let's go Halos!

The crazy part is that the guy drove away. In Fullerton, you can't go half a block without seeing a cop. Plus, FPD will pull you over for so much as looking at a bar.

Fullerton sucks.


he didn't drive away. both cars were totaled. he ran on foot. nonetheless, it is a tragedy for the young man, his family and friends, the angels franchise and angels fans.

[image from image.examiner.com too old to be available]
the killer.
 
2009-04-10 12:01:06 AM  

Recoil Therapy: Damn that sucks

/glad that they caught the POS driver who hit them & then ran away


And now turn him over to the Governator to give him a beatdown. I have always held the belief that drivers of SUVs or minivans thought of themselves as immortal. (Obscure reference?) Of course I do test this theory by prompty driving the speed limit on a two-lane road, not slowing down when they pull out in front of me at an intersection where I clearly have the right-of-way, and if I'm on a multi-laned highway, taking my own sweet time in passing somebody. I did this today, and the guy behind me was PISSED! He threw his hands in the air, he tried to run me over (literally!), but I feel drive safe, stay alive. And why be in a hurry to go anywhere? My father lives 1,000 miles from me and is in poor health. Do you think I'm gonna drive at 100 MPH to get there ASAP if he's in the hospital? Nope, I'd rather not have my family have MY funeral or get myself pulled over by cop after cop after cop for that distance.
 
2009-04-10 12:42:43 AM  
I drove drunk one time and I incredibly regretted it the day after. Luckily, nothing happened and stories like this make me realize what a dumb piece of crap I was for doing it. I haven't done it since and hope I never make such a dumb decision ever again. No matter what, it's not worth it.
I'm 24 now and can't imagine what his family/friends are going through right now. Such a promising young individual taken away by such a dumb, preventable event.
 
2009-04-10 1:01:03 AM  
Nick's player page (new window)

Apparently General Streck now works for the MLB.

/obscure?
 
2009-04-10 1:04:58 AM  
Farking tragic. As a fan of the game, it feels like I lost a relative or something. LA/OC seriously needs better public transportation, i.e. light rail like the bay area.

/Bummed
//Dodgers fan, but not a db.
 
2009-04-10 2:07:59 AM  
Only 22 years old and such full of potential. So tragic. And the asshole who hit them and fled, I hope that guy gets life in prison with lots of ass rapings to kill time.

I hope those rich enough will consider investing in reinforced Hummers, yeah you might look like an asshole on the road, but if you make that much money, you should protect your assets.
 
2009-04-10 4:35:51 AM  

KradDrol: Pic of the driver.

You just killed three people because of your stupidity. Is now really a good time to pull out your tough guy face for the mugshot?


His expression looks more like stunned disbelief to me...

/but what do I know?
 
2009-04-10 4:44:20 AM  

Harry_Seldon: Stunning news. It's really so senseless. I don't drive a car much, I prefer riding a motorcycle. I have become so hyper-aware on the road, especially at so called, "stop lights."

This type of "accident" can happen to anyone, anytime. People blow through lights all the time, and most of the time it has nothing to do with alcohol or drugs. It is typically due to inattention, fatigue, and pursuit of non-driving activities - like texting.

When you are on a motorcycle, and you want to survive, you pay a lot of attention to these type of activities, since there are no distractions, and the inherent danger of motorcycling is tattooed on most long time riders brains.

Is their a point? Pay attention out on the road. Even in a case like this where a drunk driver blows through a red light, you can still react, if you pay attention, and be an active driver.


No, you don't always have time to react. I can't believe you're even going there. Sometimes you can react, yes. But look at that car. It looks like the top was sheared off. Did it roll? did it get sent into the air? Do you know how fast the other guy had to be going to cause that?

You may have time to see it coming, and your muscles may even jump into action, but the car takes time to respond. Simply jerking the wheel doesn't teleport the car to some spot 10 feet away. Brakes don't stop you on a dime. you can get the car turning, but tbat may do little more than change the angle of impact, and that new angle of impact could actually be very bad for you.
 
2009-04-10 6:25:07 AM  

dave2198: No, you don't always have time to react. I can't believe you're even going there. Sometimes you can react, yes. But look at that car. It looks like the top was sheared off. Did it roll? did it get sent into the air? Do you know how fast the other guy had to be going to cause that?

You may have time to see it coming, and your muscles may even jump into action, but the car takes time to respond. Simply jerking the wheel doesn't teleport the car to some spot 10 feet away. Brakes don't stop you on a dime. you can get the car turning, but tbat may do little more than change the angle of impact, and that new angle of impact could actually be very bad for you.


The reaction needs to be before you enter an intersection, not at the last minute when you just by chance see something flying at you from the corner of your eye.

Always slow down for intersections - let off of the gas and start looking both directions. If you're only going 25-30 into an intersection, (and assuming it's not a blind intersection), you should be able to see 30 foot in either direction for what's coming and most likely stop with space left over. If you have little or no visibility, then really slow down.

Always drive defensively - think of every other driver on the road as a complete idiot, because they most likely are.

Not to say any of this would have made a difference in this instance - the drunk loser who caused this takes 100% of the blame. But, it may make a difference to you someday.

/ and maybe then you'll reward me with a TF membership!
 
2009-04-10 7:05:21 AM  

dave2198: No, you don't always have time to react. I can't believe you're even going there. Sometimes you can react, yes. But look at that car. It looks like the top was sheared off. Did it roll? did it get sent into the air? Do you know how fast the other guy had to be going to cause that?


The fire department does that when they get injured people out of sedans. Keeps the back straighter.
 
2009-04-10 9:48:26 AM  
latimes.comView Full Size


Apropos of nothing, that guy's "Anaheim Angels of Anaheim" shirt is pretty damn great.

/as you were
 
2009-04-10 11:19:13 AM  

Drakin020: This is why we need Red Light cameras.


There are at Harbor and Orangethorpe (at least when I used to work down there), a much busier intersection just to the north of where the accident happened. Even then, people still run the lights. If sober drivers don't care...

And 22 is way to young for anybody to go. Truly sad. Win or loss, they ought to keep that halo lit all year in his honor.
 
2009-04-10 5:38:29 PM  
It sounded like Scott Boras was pretty broken up at the press conference. Was this Adenhart's contract year?
 
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