Angels back in Seattle after funeral

Updated: April 16, 2009, 10:54 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Tony Reagins were back in Seattle for Thursday night after flying to Maryland to honor Nick Adenhart earlier in the day.

Los Angeles owner Arte Moreno arranged for a jet fly him, Scioscia, Reagins, pitching coach Mike Butcher, team executive Tim Mead, and pitchers Jered Weaver, Dustin Moseley and John Lackey late Wednesday night to a private service Thursday for Adenhart.

The 22-year-old rookie and two friends were killed last week when a driver whom police say was drunk ran a red light and hit their car in Fullerton, Calif. The tragedy occurred hours after Adenhart excelled in his first start of the season.

Scioscia arrived back at Safeco Field about three hours before the game. The pitchers flew to Minneapolis and were awaiting the Angels' arrival there early Friday morning for their weekend series at Minnesota.

Scioscia declined to comment on the service.

"You know, it was very private. And we're just going to leave it at that," the manager said.

Tuesday, Scioscia emphasized the focus should remain on Adenhart's family and not the Angels attending his service. It was separate from the one a funeral home has said will be held Friday at Williamsport, Md., High School, where Adenhart played as a teen.

Scott Osborne of Osborne Funeral Home said this week that Friday's ceremony also will be closed to news media at the family's request.

"We're going to support Nick's family. That's what this is about," a somber Scioscia said Tuesday when asked about the cross-country trip between games to honor Adenhart. "It's about us doing what we can do to let them know the magnitude and how we feel their loss also.

"But it's about them losing a son, and that's the perspective."

Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, of San Gabriel, Calif., has been charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of Adenhart, 20-year-old driver Courtney Stewart of Diamond Bar, Calif., and 25-year-old passenger Henry Pearson of Manhattan Beach, Calif.

During the Angels' series against the Mariners this week, their lost teammate's gray game jersey with No. 34 and "Adenhart" stitched in red has faced out of his locker in the clubhouse. A bouquet of cream-colored roses has sat alone in a vase on the front shelf of Adenhart's locker.

The team says it will keep Adenhart's locker intact all season, at home and on the road.

Angels players are also wearing a round, black patch with Adenhart's jersey number in white on their game jerseys, above their hearts.

The upstart Mariners had beaten the defending AL West champions two consecutive times entering Thursday, and Angels team leader Torii Hunter acknowledged the affects of Adenhart's death have lingered on the team.

"We are still professional. We have to find it. It kind of knocked us down a little last week, the tragedy," Hunter said after Wednesday night's defeat. "We're trying to find it now."


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