After Tyler Skaggs’ death, grieving Angels’ win in 9 emotional quotes

first_imgA moment of silence for No. 45.— MLB (@MLB) July 3, 2019But Rangers players chose to forgo their normal walk-up music so players and the 20,931 in attendance could hold individual moments of silence for Skaggs.Angels players wore his No. 45 on their uniforms, and the home team paid tribute to him on the pitcher’s mound.For you, 45.— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 2, 2019Four hours, 12 minutes later it was over. The long healing process was started.The final score, not an afterthought but small in the context: Angels 9, Rangers 4.Per the Los Angeles Times: “Afterward, more than a dozen Angels players filed into an interview room, stood behind their manager as he addressed the media and then opened the spigot on their emotions after a devastating, gut-wrenching day and a half.”Here are nine quotes from Tuesday that tell the story, at least in part, of the grieving Angels’ emotional win over the Rangers (via the Times, The Dallas Morning News, and The Associated Press):Angels GM Billy Eppler on the immediate and long-term impact of Skaggs’ death:“We lost a member of our family [Monday]. Tyler Skaggs was a teammate, a brother, a friend, and, most important of all, he was a husband and a son. He was an exceptional young man with an entire life so full of promise yet to live. For some reason that is incomprehensible to all of us, he lives on now only in our minds and in our hearts.“Grief is personal to all of us. It doesn’t have a timeline. It doesn’t have a road map. What is more important is we’ll all be here for each other as a team, as an organization and as a family.”Angels star Mike Trout, fighting back tears, on playing the day after their teammate and friend was found dead in the team hotel:“I can’t explain it, man. We lost a teammate, a friend, a brother. It was tough playing out there today — it’s been a tough 24 hours — but we’re getting through it.“Skaggsy wouldn’t want us to take another day off. The energy he brought to a clubhouse … every time you saw him, he’s just picking you up. It’s going to be tough these next couple of days, the rest of the season, the rest of our life, you know? You lose your friend. We were close, all these guys in here.”Forever in our hearts.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 3, 2019LA pitcher Andrew Heaney, Skaggs’ best friend on the team, on he and reliever Cam Bedrosian holding Skaggs’ No. 45 jersey during a pregame ceremony and hanging it in the back of the dugout during the game:”That was just kind of something unplanned. His jersey was hanging in his locker, and we wanted to take him out here with us one more time. He meant so much to all of us. He was definitely my best friend. There are probably about 100 other people out there who would say that he was their best friend too because he treated everybody like that.”Angels pitchers Andrew Heaney and Cam Bedrosian carried Tyler Skaggs’ No. 45 jersey during tonight’s pregame moment of silence 🙏📽️: @FoxSportsWest— SportsDay Rangers (@dmn_rangers) July 3, 2019Rangers starter Mike Minor, gone before the end of the fifth inning, on facing a grieving team in a small fraternity of MLB players:”It was just a different vibe; I don’t think anybody REALLY wanted to be out there,” Minor said. “It was awkward. You play so many games and then everybody runs out there and you know, nobody really knows what they should do.”Trout, his nose running and voice cracking:”My first at-bat, I get up there, and all I do is think about him, you know. It’s going to be tough these couple days, the rest of our season, the rest of our lives.”Angels manager Brad Ausmus, on not just playing but winning, too:”No, it wasn’t normal. And it felt like there was much more urgency to win. It’s been a rough 24 hours, and we haven’t had a lot to smile about, so a win would give us something.”Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun on crossing home plate after his two-run, eighth-inning homer and clapping his hands and pointing to the sky (followed by an emotional embrace first with Andrelton Simmons and then Trout):”I got to the plate, it just felt right to pay some respects to him. We know we’ve got an Angel watching over us now.”For Tyler.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 3, 2019Rangers manager Chris Woodward, on his team’s performance in the loss: Now, on Tuesday, following Monday’s postponement of their game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, the Angels were back at the ballpark doing what ballplayers do, 162 times a season.Still, an eerie quiet hung over the stadium for much of Tuesday’s MLB game. There was a moment of silence before the first pitch. Related News Autopsy set for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs; Rangers-Angels game to be played Tuesday Nationals’ Patrick Corbin wearing No. 45 to honor Tyler Skaggscenter_img Scarcely 24 hours earlier, the Angels had taken what team owner Arte Moreno described Tuesday as “a punch in the heart.”Pitcher, teammate and friend Tyler Skaggs, 27, was found dead Monday in his room at the team hotel. “Yeah, we knew what they were dealing with on the other side. We were trying to comprehend the impact something like that would have on our ballclub. I can’t even describe the feelings they were having. Obviously, it wasn’t our best game, but clearly it affected us in some way. Honestly, I don’t know how to describe that feeling. It was just kind of obvious they deserved to win.”Ausmus:”I know it gets easier. But this is difficult.”last_img

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