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Jered Weaver names son after Nick Adenhart

Jered-Weaver-Nick-Adenhart-initialsLos Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver and his wife Kristin gave birth to their first child on Friday, and they named him after a friend Jered lost more than four years ago. The baby’s name is Aden, which is spelled that way to honor former Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.

As most of you know, Adenhart and two other friends were killed by a drunk driver back in 2009, when he was only 22 years old. Prior to his death, Weaver and Adenhart had become close friends. Weaver was an emerging ace at the time and Adenhart was an up and coming prospect, and Jered basically took him under his wing. Weaver still writes the initials “NA” on the back of the mound when he pitches.

Jered and Kristin honored the Adenhart family with the spelling of their son’s first name, but the name itself is a tribute to an 11-year-old boy they recently met who was ill. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports pointed out that the boy, Aidan, had come to Angels Stadium to meet his two favorite players, Weaver and Dustin Pedroia, and later passed away.

All in all, a classy tribute from the Weaver family.

What Does Nick Adenhart’s Death Do to the Angels’ Rotation?

Nick Adenhart is just a 22-year-old kid, just a young ballplayer. He was one of two others who got killed early Thursday morning by a drunk driver. All three have a story and just because Adenhart was a major league pitcher doesn’t change that it was a tragedy for all of them. This isn’t even a sports story — it’s just a sad story of life. Hearing people all day long talk about him like they knew him seemed disrespectful to the family and Adenhart himself. Without a doubt, there’s one comment that I heard twice Thursday morning that irked me to no end. On ESPNews shortly after the story first came down, I heard anchor Bram Weinstein ask in an interview how the death would impact the Angels’ rotation and pitching staff. As if that wasn’t enough, I later heard the same thought on 710 ESPN on my drive into work.

I couldn’t believe my effing ears when I heard that. At times like these, don’t pretend to know someone if you don’t. Just tell the uninformed what happened — that’s what you’re there for. I can’t believe how insensitive some people can be. In the worst moment ever for a family, and an awful moment for a team and an entire organization, we still had media members asking how the tragedy would impact the play on the diamond. Would you give it a rest until at least after the funeral? How cold can you possibly be? What kind of gumption and idiocy would possess one to ask such a meaningless question at a time like that? Only two hours after the sad story comes down you’re already wondering what the rotation was going to look like? Not even Mike Scioscia nor Tony Reagins probably thought that, and this is their job. I would have nothing other than the good sense to fire the people whose first thoughts as a reaction to this story was “How does it impact the Angels’ rotation?”