When Anaheim Angel pitcher Nick Adenhart was tragically killed in a car crash the first month of the 2009 season, the team's year was in question. Adenhart was 22 years old and the top pitching prospect in their organization. He had just pitched 6 scoreless innings the night that he was killed.
Led by one of the best managers in baseball, Mike Scioscia, the Angels came together as a team and rallied around their adversity. Tonight, they beat the Texas Rangers and clinched the American League Western Division.
About 10 minutes into their celebration in the clubhouse, the Angels surrounded and joyously soaked the jersey of Adenhart. The Angels have taken Adenhart's jersey on every road trip and kept his locker intact in memory. The Angels then jogged to the outfield and touched Adenhart's photo and No. 34 on the outfield fence. Players posed for a team photo in front of the image.
The Angels are another inspriational story that show us how to truly overcome adversity.
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