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Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

April 13, 2009 at 9:55 PM

A terrible week for baseball

I’m not talking about the play on the field, which for the most part has been compelling.

I’m talking about the heartache, tragedy and death that has permeated this young season.

Consider all that has happened since the Phillies-Braves ushered in the 2009 season on Sunday, April 5.

  • On Monday, April 6, an Angels fan named Brian Powers, 27, got in a fight in a stairwell in the right-field pavilion at Angels Stadium after the Angels’ season-opening game against the A’s. A third man approached from behind and punched Powers in the head. Powers fell down and hit his head on a concrete step. He died the next day.

  • On Wednesday, April 8, Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, who had pitched six shutout innings against the A’s, was killed along with two friends when the car in which he was driving was struck by a drunk driver with a suspended license who ran a red light. Adenhart was 22.

  • Today, just before he was going to broadcast the Phillies’ game with the Nationals, broadcasting legend Harry Kalas collapsed in the radio booth and died. He was 73.

  • Also today, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, who caused a national sensation with his pitching, and his mound antics, in 1976 for the Detroit Tigers, died in an apparent accident. He was found underneath a dump truck at his farm. Fidrych was 54.

  • Completing today’s trifecta of gloom, a man was stabbed multiple times in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after attending the Dodgers’ home opener Monday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Times. The man reportedly got into an argument with several men in a pickup truck, according to police, and is listed in serious condition.

    Here’s a fervent and sincere wish that there are no additions to this list.

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