Nick Adenhart Dies
One of the biggest storylines of 2009 is the death by car crash of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart. He and two others were killed in an auto accident in April, 2009. The worst part of his senseless death was that immediately prior to the accident he had pitched spectacularly well, almost perfectly, and now we will just have to wonder about how great of a pitcher he could have been.
Friends, family, and fans of the Los Angeles Angels will always remember Nick Adenhart and will ponder why someone so great would be taken from them so lightning fast. We can hope that the Angels will find a way to bond together and dedicate the rest of the 2009 season to their fallen comrade. It is just too sad to realize how much solid potential this player had and how it was erased instantaneously by a drunken-driving accident? Yes, it was an accident, but it is still heartbreaking and someone must take the responsibility and the blame.
Giants Pitching Staff
Another big storyline is the power and glory of the pitching staff of the San Francisco Giants. In 2009, the Giants had these awesome pitchers: Randy Johnson, Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum.
Randy Johnson recently accomplished his 300th win as a pitcher, an historic accomplishment guaranteeing him a spot in the MLB Hall of Fame. Plus, he has won an astounding five Cy Young awards.
Tim Lincecum won the National League Cy Young award in 2008. Barry Zito won the 2002 American League Cy Young Award. Matt Cain is doing so well this year that he has a chance at the 2009 National League Cy Young award.
Is this a new trend where baseball clubs load up their pitching staffs with high-caliber pitchers who feed off each other, compete with one another, and propel their team to victories? The San Francisco Giants have so much pitching talent this year that future generations will marvel how it happened.
New Ballparks in New York
The New York Mets and New York Yankees both opened new ballparks in 2009. It is hard to say if new ballparks were really a necessity, especially during the middle of the Great Recession, but new ballparks were built and fans came out in droves. Is this what we will see more of in the future, of newly-constructed ballparks built every five years, of a race between teams to see which can make the most luxurious, comfortable experiences for fans in order to justify the high ticket prices?
Yanks, Mets play first games at new digs, Associated Press, April 4, 2009.
Linceceum beats out Webb, is Giants’ second Cy Young winner, Associated Press, Nov. 13, 2008.
Man accused of killing Adenhart indicted, MLB.com, Doug Miller, May 28, 2009.
Mayor Bloomberg brushes back fans, Daily News, Richard Sisk, April 21, 2009.
Active Roster List, San Francisco Giants
Randy Johnson, ESPN Player Profile Page
Barry Zito, ESPN Player Profile Page
Matt Cain, ESPN Player Profile Page