Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Now A Real Angel"

So I saw the headline "Now A Real Angel," and thought to myself, "self, what could this article be about?"

Intrigued, I read the breaking news article, now being reported on CNN, about Los Angeles Angels' pitcher Nick Adenhart, who last night threw a 6 inning shutout game against the A's and was then killed in a hit-and-run car accident just miles from the stadium. Reports indicated the driver who fled has been caught.

But let's focus on the two most shocking parts about this: Within hours of his fourth big league start, and arguably his most important to date, he, along with two other passengers in his car, are killed indiscriminately by a van driver who ran a red light. As unbelievable as it is, it's true, shocking, and a horrible twist of fate. He was only 22. The second part is the headline, and while the irony of the team he played for is strange and shocking as well, it seems sad that it is the main portion of the story being exploited at the moment. Aren't there any better gimmicks for the headlines than to use the 'Angel' pun? A sad event in all senses.

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