Scioscia defends celebration

Angels manager Mike Scioscia believes criticism of the team’s celebration after its American League West title-clinching on Monday night at Angel Stadium is unwarranted.

By dousing the late Nick Adenhart’s jersey with beer and champagne and making a trip to the center field wall to touch his memorial, players brought the memory of their former teammate into the celebration. Adenhart was killed in an April 9 car crash by an intoxicated motorist charged with multiple murders of the pitcher and companions Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson.

Those who would contend the manner of celebration was inappropriate, given the conditions under which Adenhart lost his life, are off base in Scioscia’s judgment. He felt it was an honor and a tribute by the Angels players with respect to Adenhart, a 22-year-old right-hander who shut out the Athletics in six innings hours before he was killed in his only start of the season.

“You have to understand these players and the tribute it really means to pour champagne on them,” Scioscia said. “It’s not the alcohol. It’s like a whipped cream pie in the face.

“The whole thing with Nick was an extraordinary time for all of us. It was very sincere and special, and it was meaningful to the clubhouse.

“Last night was helpful maybe to a lot of players, being able to be at peace with it in honoring Nick in a special way. It will be a part of everybody here who experienced it.”

Scioscia said pitching coach Mike Butcher was in contact with Adenhart’s father, Jim, after the title clinching and was told the celebration was “very touching.”

 

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I don’t understand why anyone would be critical of the Angels celebrating anyway. I look forward to watching them celebrate. They deserve it, especially starting the year out with the loss of Nick.

i agree it was touching and a very memorable moment indeed :)

It has been a long season for the angels, people outside of socal just dont understand everything the Angels went through.

I think this team knows what nick would have liked. I think they showed that last nite with no disrespect to nick or his family. would have been wrong not to go out to center field and include him in the celebration.

Who is the IDIOT criticizing the team’s celebration? COWARD! It was right and fair to include Nick. All season long I wished for them to win, for not only themselves but for Rick. And when they WIN the WORLD SERIES in a few weeks I want to see the team present Nicks’ parents a World Series ring…..

Who is the IDIOT criticizing the team’s celebration? COWARD! It was right and fair to include Nick. All season long I wished for them to win, for not only themselves but for Rick. And when they WIN the WORLD SERIES in a few weeks I want to see the team present Nicks’ parents a World Series ring…..

Who is the IDIOT criticizing the team’s celebration? COWARD! It was right and fair to include Nick. All season long I wished for them to win, for not only themselves but for Rick. And when they WIN the WORLD SERIES in a few weeks I want to see the team present Nicks’ parents a World Series ring…..

Who is the IDIOT criticizing the team’s celebration? COWARD! It was right and fair to include Nick. All season long I wished for them to win, for not only themselves but for Rick. And when they WIN the WORLD SERIES in a few weeks I want to see the team present Nicks’ parents a World Series ring….. Go Angels!

I agree with Mike Scioscia, and fail to see the logic of those criticizing the celebration. Champagne is a traditional manner of celebration in baseball, and to claim it is insensitive because of the manner of Nick’s death seems to me to be a stretch. Was it insensitive to have a 21 gun salute at President Kennedy’s funeral?

One thing that I have learned over the years is that grief is a very private emotion, and not to criticize others for the manner in which they express it. Nick Adenhart was a very important member of the team whose death obviously defined the Angels’ season, and it was right (or at least not wrong) of the team to mark his memory in whatever manner they chose. Let it go.

MORON! That is all you can say about anyone that would criticize what the Angels did the other night. It is a celebration not only of winning a Division championship but of Nicks life and contribution to the Angels even if it was only one start this season! Nick was an extraordinary young man who realized a dream and knew that he was lucky to have the chance to live that out.

Thank you to the Angels, the Adenharts, the Stewarts, the Pearsons and God Bless you Jon Wilhite!!

John
http://ballhawk.mlblogs.com

Anyone who criticized the Angels for including Nick in the champagne celebration doesn’t have their head on straight. Mike Scioscia said all there is to say about it so get off your horse you idiots out there and put your energy to use by getting behind our team 100%, they have alot of work to do and don’t need their fans wasting words on ridiculous, useless fingerpointing. In fact, for all those of you who thought it wasn’t appropriate, we don’t need you…….. you aren’t true Angels fans so go find some other team to trash.

The debate over the celebration even made its way to Boston. The question here was wasn’t the celebration itself but whether Nick’s shirt specifically should have been doused with beer and champagne. While I can understand why some would take that position – and certainly anyone who has lost a loved one to a drunk driver might have been offended – I think we need to step back and look at intent. The Angels wanted to make sure his “memory” was included. I personally understood why they did it – but I think we would all do well to remember why some found it inappropriate. Drunk driving is not something to be taken lightly – and that is the moral we all need to remember from this tragedy.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Including Nick in their celebration was inspiring to watch. Everyone who is criticizing it forgets that champagne is an act of celebration in our culture, and at sporting events the pouring/spraying of it, is the celebration.

If you heard the Angel players, that said that Nick was in the room(clubhouse) with them all year, and they were now including him in the celebration. They were pouring and spraying his jersey like he was standing there….very touching.

This was not about alcohol abuse and getting drunk, it was not a drinking binge, as almost all the champagne was ending up on the floor.

By they way, all four families involved with the people in the vehicle say they were touched by the celebration.

The naysayers are way overanalyzing this one. Just shut up now.

It was multiple felonious acts of lawbreaking and years of alcohol abuse that killed Nick Adenhart, not a champagne toast poured over heads and jerseys. The haters hate the West no matter what, they seem to believe that all MLB action takes place in the East or Midwest, anyway. So, I really don’t care what they think. The Angels’ celebration was well-deserved in light of what they endured this season.

And, BTW, I don’t even drink alcohol.

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