Nick Adenhart was one of the best pitching prospects in Major League Baseball, as of yesterday. Every scout drooled over this 22 year-old.
After an undefeated spring (pre-season exhibitions), he had earned his spot in the Angels' rotation.
In his debut last night, he pitched 6 scoreless innings. It's hard to imagine things going any better. It must have been the night of his life, how often does a lifelong dream really come true?...
And a few hours later he was killed, along with two of his friends, by a drunk driver.
The drunk driver is now being charged with triple manslaughter, felony DUI, and hit-and-run (he fled on foot). And he may be charged with murder, though I don't think it matters, he'll serve the rest of life behind bars either way. He is also exactly 22 years old.
I don't know why I typed this up, other than that it's been on my mind all day -- it's such a striking and tragic reminder of anicca and the consequences of being unmindful.
What a damned shame. What a damned completely-preventable shame.
"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement."-- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma
"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi