After conferring with Angels owner Arte Moreno, MLB commissioner Bud Selig decided to cancel the game after Andrew Thomas Gallo allegedly ran a red light & slammed his minivan into Adenhart’s car, causing a crash that killed the 22-year-old pitcher & two other passengers.
Upon announcing the cancellation, Selig released the following statement:
“Major League Baseball is in mourning today upon the news of this tragedy that has taken Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others. Nick was just 22 years of age, with a wonderful life and career ahead of him.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my sincere sympathy to the families and friends of all three victims and to the entire Angels’ organization. I send my deepest condolences to Nick’s parents, Jim and Janet. The hearts of everyone in baseball are with them at this most difficult time.”
YAHOO SPORTS follows up that Adenhart’s family has issued a statement of their own through the courtesy of the Angels’ organization:
“He lived his dream and was blessed to be part of an organization comprised of such warm, caring, and compassionate people. The Angels were his extended family. Thanks to all of Nick’s loyal supporters and fans throughout his career. He will always be in everyone’s hearts forever.”
Although there will be no game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia says the team will still gather together tonight to remember a teammate taken away from them much too soon. During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Scisocia said, “It is a tragedy that will never be forgotten.”
It’s the first time an MLB game has been postponed on account of a player’s death since April 29, 2007, when the Cardinals & Cubs canceled their game after St. Louis pitcher Josh Hancock was killed in a car accident. Later in August of that same year, the Twins & Royals canceled a game in the aftermath of the Minneapolis interstate bridge collapse that killed 13 people.
The Athletics also released a statement in regards to the Adenhart tragedy:
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Nick Adenhart and others involved in this morning’s accident. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families, as well as the entire Los Angeles Angels organization. As he demonstrated only last night, Nick was a very gifted pitcher with a promising future. For that future to be cut short is not only a loss for the Angels but for all of Major League Baseball.”