Date marks one year of pitcher's death

Updated: April 2, 2010, 2:11 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles

A year isn't long enough to erase the painful memory of Nick Adenhart's death, but the Angels will end their public grieving process next Friday.

That day, April 9, is the one-year anniversary of the car accident that killed the 22-year-old pitcher and two of his friends. The Angels' only acknowledgment of the anniversary will be a presentation before the game of the new Nick Adenhart award -- given to the team's most valuable pitcher -- to Jered Weaver.

Angels vice president Tim Mead said Adenhart's family will not be attending the game.

"There's still a process they're going through," Mead said. "It's a standing invitation."

The Angels took down the ad-hoc memorial that fans erected in front of the stadium over the winter. A depiction of the black patch featuring Adenhart's No. 34 was taken off the outfield wall at Angel Stadium.

Several Angels players, including catcher Bobby Wilson, had dinner with members of Adenhart's family last week in Arizona. The family was in town as part of a high school tournament in which Adenhart's younger brother, Henry Gigeous, was pitching.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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