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Angels Throwing Combined No-Hitter in First Home Game Since Tyler Skaggs’ Passing is Instantly One of the Best Moments in Sports History

Sports are awesome. Baseball is awesome. 

Through heartbreak, tragedy, and suffering, sports remains constant.

Whether it’s Mike Piazza clubbing a game-winning home run in the first sporting event in NYC post 9/11, Daniel Nava lifting the spirits of Boston in the first game after the Marathon bombings, or Stephen Piscotty going deep after the death of his mother, baseball finds people who are at their lowest and pulls greatness out of them. 

That happened again last night. 

Twelve days ago, Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 27. The Angels, as well as all of baseball, were shocked and devastated by the news as Skaggs was regarded as one of the brightest and best teammates in the game. Last night the Angels returned home to Anaheim for the first time since Skaggs’ passing. Tributes were aplenty; A touching moment of silence before the game, Skaggs’ name being immortalized on the outfield alongside Nick Adenhart, a first-pitch from Skaggs’ mother, and the Angels roster all wearing Skaggs’ Jersey.

 

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What’s the best way to honor your late teammate? Hit a bomb for him. Mike Trout obliged and hit a 454 ft home run to deep left-center on the first pitch he saw. 

In a true tribute to Skaggs, the Angels pitchers through an absolute gem. Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined to throw a one walk no-hitter.     

While the combined No-No, given the circumstances, would be enough to give you chills, the display the Angels put on after the game was what will go down in history. All 25 guys, all teammates who loved and respected Skaggs and wore his uniform in his honor draped their jerseys across the mound. This wasn’t about a combined no-hitter. This was about remembering Tyler Skaggs. 

How can you not be romantic about baseball? 

Never forget Tyler Skaggs, and never forget where you were when one of the coolest moments in the history of sports went down.

TS45 Forever.


Photo via Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

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