The memory of Tyler Skaggs, who died at a young age of 27, saddened the Los Angeles Angels as well as Mike Trout. The wave of sorrow could be seen clearly since his death in the very first game. A completely shaken Trout mentioned on Tuesday after the team’s 9-4 win at the game held at Texas that his sorrow is unexplainable. He lost a friend, a teammate, and more importantly a brother. Pulling a brave face, he mentioned that all they can do now is move on and deal with the loss.
Further, the All-Star Center Fielder mentioned that it was really tough for him out in the field. His first session and when up there, he could do nothing except scroll through Skaggs’ memories in his mind. Trout was a part of the very same draft class for the Angels as Skaggs which was collaborated in the year 2009. It was an entirely different feeling sending everyone in shock.
All this happened when the Angels team decided to start the gaming session after a postponement of a series opener played against the opponent Rangers. Following this, Skaggs was located unresponsive lying in his room in the hotel booked for the teammates on Monday. As of now, no apparent cause for sudden death has been reported by the medical team.
Before Jose Suarez, the Angels starter threw in his very first pitch during the completion of his very 1st inning, he seemed to write down something onto the dirt using his fingers. After this, Suarez touched No.45 symbol painted over the jersey’s back and then tapped onto his heart showing his respect for Skaggs. Not just him, another teammate, Justin Bour was seen pointing towards the sky after achieving his 2-run single during the 6th inning. This was when the team managed to get ahead of their opponents with a 4 points lead after 3-3 tie. A rather emphatic reaction was seen from Kole Calhoun when crossing the home plate post his 2-run homer during the 8th run of the game.
Brad Ausmus, the team manager said that the sudden death of Skaggs wasn’t anything normal and the same reflected in the game. One could feel the team’s urge to win and get it over with. For the entire team, this has been highly draining and lengthy 24 hours. No one has something that can make them smile and a win was something they needed to move one after this painful news of the loss of their teammate.