A few items to peruse while remembering three lives lost way too early ...
• Just a heartbreaking story: Hours after being at the stadium to watch his son make his 2009 debut, Jim Adenhart went back to the Angels clubhouse to visit Nick's locker and retrieve his jersey. [Los Angeles Times]
• My condolences go out to fellow blogger Matt Clapp, who lost his best friend, Henry Pearson, in the crash. Henry was an aspiring sports agent and Matt remembers how they both grew up loving baseball while forming a lifelong friendship. It's a touching tribute and I'm glad that we were able to learn more about Henry than just as "another man" involved in the crash. You did your friend well, Matt. Hang in there. [Sharapova's Thigh]
• The third victim, Courtney Stewart, was a popular sorority sister and a journalism student at Cal State-Fullerton, where they will publish a special edition of the paper. [Daily Titan]
• Sadly, the Halos are no strangers to youth and tragedy. [Angels Unplugged]
• It was a tragic day for the A's, too. [MLB.com]
• The driver of the minivan, Andrew Gallo, had a DUI conviction on his record was thrown out of an alcohol recovery last year for "having a gang-banger attitude." [Riverside PE]
• We know better to ask such questions, but they're impossible not to ask. What if a batter had stepped out of the box a few more times? What if there had been one more pitching change? Dave Lozo ponders how random tragic circumstances can be and says that's part of the reason this story is hitting home with so many people. [Dave Lozo]