Yankees pause for Adenhart
All activity in the Yankees clubhouse stopped this morning as SportsCenter broke in with a report that Angels rookie Nick Adenhart had been killed in an automobile accident in California, just hours after throwing six innings of scoreless ball against the A’s.
Someone told Nick Swisher to turn off his music machine and the Yankees huddled around a television with reporters, watching the coverage. When it was announced that Adenhart had been killed in a hit-and-run accident, one Yankee cursed.
Joe Girardi shed a tear when asked about Adenhart during his pre-game press conference.
“It’s sad. It really is. You think of a young man who realizes his dream and pitches six shutout innings, and drives home and is gone. Life is not supposed to be like that. I didn’t even know the kid and it’s hard for me. He’s just a little boy who dreamed about playing in the big leagues.
“It’s one big fraternity, one big family. Your heart goes out to that family and that young man. You realize how precious life is. You wake up every day and be thankful for what you’ve got, because you never know.”