It sure has been a tragic week in baseball. Last Friday Nick Adenhart was killed in an automobile accident which was a hit and run. He was the Angels best prospect who had pitched an awesome game the night before he was killed. The Angels have a part of their outfield wall dedicated to him.
Then earlier this afternoon Harry Kalas, the longtime announced for the Phillies passed away just hours before he was getting ready to call the game. He was one of the most beloved announcers in all of baseball. His voice is synonymous with baseball and even NFL Films. The Phillies have their lost voice and baseball lost a great announcer.
And lastly, this one hits home with me because he was a former Detroit Tiger. Mark “the Bird” Fidrych died after a farming accident earlier this morning. He was very colorful and looked like Big Bird, hence the name “the Bird.” He was the American League rookie of the year in 1976 and he went 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA. In 1976 he had 24 complete games, as well as starting the All-Star game.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who lost these remarkable people. They all touched fans, and they city’s they represented with dignity, class, and respect. None of you will ever be forgotten.