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Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Angels Curse

Being a lifelong fan of the California Angels Baseball Team [now known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim] has never been easy.

For most of my childhood, the team was a struggling second division team. With the exception of 1967 when they somehow managed to win 84 games, seasons above the .500 mark were few and far between.

And then in 2002, they managed to pull off the miracle. The Angels were crowned World Champions of the baseball world.

It was as if they had finally buried a curse that seemed to plague their very existence, both on and off the field.

Early on, players Minnie Rojas, Chico Ruiz, Bruce Heinbechner, and Mike Miley were all killed in tragic car accidents.

In 1978, star outfielder Lyman Bostock was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity.

In 1982, after winning the first two of a best of three series playoff series against Milwaukee, the Angels fold and lose three straight.

In 1986 the Angels were one inning away from winning the American League Pennant and going to the World Series. Until the Boston Red Sox somehow managed to win that game, and the next two to advance.

In 1989, the pitcher who gave up the crucial home run that cost the Angels the pennant in 1986, Donnie Moore, shoots his wife and commits suicide, unable to shake the demons from that game.

And then came 2002, the World Series win against the Giants, and it appeared the curse had been broken.

Until today.

Early this morning after pitching 6 shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics, 22 year old Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident.

The latest in a long line of tragedies that have struck this franchise since its inception in 1961.

The prayers of the baseball world go out to his family and parents, Jim and Janet Adenhart.

Comments on "The Angels Curse"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:54 AM) : 

Dave, I read your blog and was deeply moved. I too grew up watching the Angels in SoCal, and thought they would never win. I remember all of the tragedies, including Lyman Bostock, who was having a huge season for the Angels the year he was murdered. And I was actually at the Donnie Moore/Dave Henderson game. I sat right above the home run that Grich hit which Henderson fumbled over the wall in the 9th, just before I witnessed 63,000 people go dead silent after Henderson's home run.

So now Nick Adenhart goes out and shuts out the A's for 6 innings, only to die hours later at the hand of a drunk jerk. God, when does this all end? I am so sad for the Adenharts, the Angels, and all of us who watch and love the Halos.


Blogger Dave said ... (12:21 PM) : 

Thanks Anon.

As for that Boston game, I remember calling my big brother and saying we had finally done it, only to see it all come crashing down in typical Angels style moments later.

But those are our Angels.

The real tragedy here is for the Adenhart family.


Anonymous John said ... (8:50 AM) : 

I'm not a Angels fan myself but I too was deeply moved by this terrible tragedy.
I can only offer my deepest and sincerest condolences to his family


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (8:53 AM) : 

John, are you a baseball fan? How did you stumble across my little blog?


Blogger James Wolfer said ... (9:34 AM) : 

When I was a little kid living in Irvine, CA I remember going to many Angels games with my dad. Many many fond memories of my childhood came from watching the Angels and the Ducks...

This is just too sad.


Blogger Pastor David Curtis said ... (10:28 AM) : 

True tragedy. This young man was not just a promising young pitcher but a quality person as well.

Difficult for baseball fans everywhere.


Blogger The Red Head said ... (10:30 AM) : 

A True tragedy indeed.. I was soor sorry to here this awful news

May God rest his soul


Blogger Dave said ... (10:37 AM) : 

Me too James. back then for me it was known as "The Big A".

David, that is what i have heard about him. To reduce Boras, his agent to tears was something.

Red, yes it is. Thanks for stopping by. How did you find me?


Blogger James Wolfer said ... (11:27 AM) : 

Dave, told you more than two people read you.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (12:10 PM) : 

Where james??? Provide me the lonks!


See ya soon.


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