As many of you know, I'm always game for a laugh, but tonight, I sat at the edge of my three sons' beds and realized being a parent is no joke.
Five years ago today, the parents of Nick Adenhart, Henry Pearson and Courtney Stewart lost their child to a drunk driver.
I'd just read this heartbreaking feature from Yahoo! Sports Writer, Tim Brown, and wondered how will I ever protect my boys from the world?
Nick (22) Henry (25) and Courtney (20) were in the prime of their lives, and Nick, well he was a young, promising pitcher with my beloved Los Angeles Angels.
Nick had just pitched a great game and then... only hours later... he, Henry and Courtney were dead.
(The surviving passenger, Jon Wilhite, is now twenty-nine, and still suffering from the effects of that night.)
To honor the memory of the three young people who died April 9, 2009, I always wear Nick's #34 jersey whenever I watch the Angels play in Anaheim, their home stadium.
Many fans understand, and give me a nod or a high five and some offer up a, "Great jersey" or "Good on you" but it's obviously not about me.
I wish I never had a personal need to wear the jersey.
I wish, for example, I was gnashing my teeth because Nick was a free agent and was with another team.
My kids are sleeping. They are safe and sound.
My heart breaks for, and my prayers are extended to, the Adenhart, Pearson and Stewart families.
May the memories of their children never be forgotten.