The Los Angeles Angels are planning a tribute Friday to a teammate who was killed in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver.
Thursday's death of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart came just hours after he pitched the best game of his brief major league career. Last night's game against Oakland was postponed because of his death.
Tonight, before the opening of a three-game series against the Red Sox in Anaheim, the Angels are planning a tribute. For the rest of the year, they'll wear a patch to honor Adenhart.
He was killed along with two passengers after the car they were in was broadsided by a minivan that police say apparently ran a red light. They say the van driver was driving on a suspended license because of a previous drunk driving conviction. He's been booked on charges including murder and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Fans have been paying their respects outside Angel Stadium, leaving flowers, baseballs and other items at a makeshift memorial. Inside the empty stadium, the pitcher's father, Jim, a retired Secret Service agent, walked onto the field yesterday and spent several moments alone on the pitcher's mound.
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