At his request, David Ortiz met with the father of Nick Adenhart, the Angels pitcher who was killed in a car accident early Thursday morning, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. Ortiz spent five minutes in the tunnel below home plate with Jim Adenhart.
"I look at my son and I'm like 'I would die if I lose him,' " Ortiz told the Press-Enterprise. "And I just give him my prayer."
Ortiz, according to the paper, watched on television with his son, D'Angelo, as Adenhart threw five scoreless innings Wednesday night.
"I was talking to my boy, telling him, 'Wow, look at this kid. Anaheim is lucky to have this good pitcher.'
"When I heard [Adenhart had died], it felt like I knew him forever."
I was very impressed with everything I heard and saw from the Red Sox during the past 24 hours. I know we like to put the hate on them, especially their fans (who admittedly deserve it), but in fact outside of Papelbon this is a class organization, and I was glad to have adults like that as an opponent. Especially since Jered kicked them right in the ass.