On July 1, during a road trip, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of unknown causes in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas. Last night, the team paid tribute to their beloved teammate in a way that makes fictional tales like Angels in the Outfield look positively ordinary.
REACTIONS TO ANGELS NO-HITTER TRIBUTE
— Andrew Heaney (@Heandog8) July 13, 2019
The Angels, all donning Skagg’s No. 45 jersey, gave his grieving mother the honor of tossing the ceremonial first pitch… which she threw for a perfect strike.
Mike Trout homered on the first pitch he saw, wearing Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 👏
— ESPN (@espn) July 13, 2019
Then, in the first inning, Mike Trout crushed the first pitch he saw over the outfield wall. And finally, seven Angels pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena threw the 13th combined no-hitter in MLB history.
— Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) July 13, 2019
At the conclusion of the game, in which the Angels scored seven first inning runs on way to winning 13-0 (Skaggs was born on 7/13), players gathered around the mound where they laid their game-worn jerseys. Fellow players took to Twitter to express their amazement at what transpired:
— Yonder Alonso (@YonderalonsoU) July 13, 2019
— Taijuan Walker (@tai_walker) July 13, 2019
What a night in Anaheim.#45
— eduardo jose escobar (@escobarmaracay) July 13, 2019
That wasn’t coincidence #45 😇
— Andrelton Simmons (@Andrelton) July 13, 2019
What happened tonight in LA…. UNBELIEVABLE. Wow. God is good. 🙏🏼 #ForTyler #45
— James McCann (@JamesMcCann34) July 13, 2019
I was lucky enough to know someone as special as Tyler. You were there last night, 45… we’ll always have you in our hearts. I love and miss you. pic.twitter.com/TMIgSTTpJz
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) July 13, 2019