I received a text from my Brother last month asking me if I wanted to take my 3 Nephews to a Blue Jays game, I immediately confirmed my attendance.
Little did I know what was in store.
Once the tickets were in hand I realized the Blue Jays were playing the LA Angels, and I got excited to see the best player in the game in Mike Trout, and one of the best hitters of all-time in Albert Pujols. I had no idea then, Tyler Skaggs would be the one to steal the show.
Skaggs outdueled Marcus Stroman that night and made the Blue Jays look silly. He finished his night on the bump after entering the 8th inning. Skaggs scattered 3 hits over his 7 1/3 innings and struck out 6. He was dominant and enjoyed every minute of it.
On July 1, 2019, Tyler Skaggs was pronounced dead at his hotel room in Texas, news that shocked the baseball world.
Friday, July 12th the Angels organization felt it was the perfect time to honor Tyler Skaggs. All the Angels would wear his #45, his Mom would throw out the first pitch with the family on hand, but what happened next, not even Disney would be able to script.
- Friday night was the Angels first home game since Skaggs has passed
- Prior to Friday night, a combined no-hitter only happened once every 16,800 games
- The game ended less than 2 hours from Tyler Skaggs 28th birthday
- The Angels faced 28 hitters total in the game
- The Angels scored 7 runs in the first and 13 total in the game
- Tyler Skaggs birthday is 7-13-91
- The same day the Baltimore Orioles combined to no-hit the A’s
- Mike Trout went deep on the first pitch he saw, after telling teammates he would for Skaggs
- Skaggs wore #45, Trout’s homer went 454 feet, which reads 45 right to left, and left to right
Friday night in LA, there was an Angel in the outfield, his name is Tyler Skaggs.
Rest in peace, #45.
Skaggs’ mantra rings true tonight in Anaheim. pic.twitter.com/bTW5Aa1IK1
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 13, 2019