Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Great Season, Poor Celebration

The Los Angeles Angels clinched the Western Division Title yesterday, which all but guarantees them another shot at the Boston Red Sox in the playoffs.

Once the game was over, the Angels celebrated like most teams do when they accomplish something. First there is the pile on in the infield, then they acknowledge the crowd (if they’re playing at home) as they make their way into the clubhouse to give each other a bath in champagne and beer.

It was a great accomplishment for a team that has been through a lot this season. In early April, rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a tragic hit and run accident. The driver was a 22 year old male with a history of arrests for driving under the influence. He was booked for driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter, and murder charges. During this entire season, the Angels kept Adenhart’s jersey with them and even hung it up in the dugout during their games as a tribute to him.

During the Angels celebration last night, they raised Adenhart’s jersey up and poured beer and champagne all over it.

Is it just me, or does anybody else think that dousing a player’s jersey with alcohol that died after being hit by a drunk driver a tad inappropriate? I understand that the Angels players wanted to “include” him in the celebration, but pouring cans of beer over Adenhart’s jersey was in poor taste. I’m kind of surprised that no other media outlet picked up on this.

After the alcohol shower that they gave to Adenhart’s jersey, the Angels then went back out onto the field and got their picture taken in front of the center field wall where Adenhart’s picture has been all season. That was a nice touch.

Congratulations to the Angels for clinching their division and making the playoffs again. Shame on the players though for thinking that pouring alcohol over a player’s jersey that was killed by a drunk driver was a good idea.

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