Below is an excerpt from HBO's website. This month's Real Sports episode will be a tribute to Nick Adenhart. It airs October 27th on HBO at 10pm ET/PT. Set your DVrs if you will miss it.
On April 8, 2009, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart finally arrived in the big leagues. After years of recovering from Tommy John surgery and working his way up through the minors, the highly touted pitching prospect earned a spot in the Angels' rotation for the 2009 season and delivered the best performance of his career. But just hours after achieving his dream, Adenhart's life was tragically cut short by an alleged drunk driver in an accident that also claimed two of his friends. In this emotional REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated report, correspondent Mary Carillo looks at the heartbreaking death of the Angels pitcher and Maryland native, speaking exclusively with Nick's parents, reviewing the tragedy with the lone survivor in Adenhart's car, and talking with Angels players about the effect of his death on the team.