Nick Adenhart (1986-2009)
The death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was met with shock in the Orioles clubhouse. Adenhart, who lived in Canton, was killed in an automobile accident last night after pitching against the Oakland A's.
"That's the game I was watching'' said Orioles manager Dave Trembley. "I was with my son. We went back to my apartment and we were watching him pitch. It really puts things in perspective. Don't take anything for granted. Appreciate what you have. It's a very sad day for his family.
"I talked to (Dennis) Sarfate. He was very broken up. He worked out with him all winter. Dean Albany also was very close to him. Not a good day."
Adenhart also worked out during the winter at the B.A.T.T. Academy in Glen Burnie, which is operated by former Northeast High School coach Larry Williams.
"I've known him since he was a kid,'' Williams said. "He was touted as being a potential top one or two pick in the draft, but in his senior season in high school, he blew out his elbow and had Tommy John surgery. Everybody passed on him and the Angels took a flyer on him in the 14th round.
"I'm shocked, pure and simple. Great kid who worked very hard in the offseason. He was a guy the high school and college kids could look at his work ethic fighting back from the injury. Just a great story. The kid who wouldn't quit."
Sarfate worked out with several of the Angels players in Arizona this past winter.
"He had a bright future,'' Sarfate said. "He was going to be good for years, you could just tell. It’s sad when you hear stuff like that. It’s not the first time a baseball player has died in a car accident.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and it’s one of those things that hits home and you just kind of want to go home and hang out for the day with your family just to get them close. It’s sad. It’s one of those things, you just can’t plan for it."