After Tuesday’s Angels game against the Rangers (LAA 9, TEX 4), the first game since Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday, outfielder Mike Trout spoke about his teammate in an emotional postgame press conference.
“We lost a teammate, we lost a friend, a brother,” Trout told reporters with teammates standing behind him. “We just gotta get through it. Skaggs was an unbelievable person. It was tough playing out there today, like [manager] Brad [Ausmus] said earlier, Skaggs wouldn’t have wanted us to take another day off. All these guys in here, I see these guys as more than my family. To lose somebody like him, it’s tough. My first at-bat, I get up there, all I do is think about him…. It’s bigger than the game. The friendship and love I had for him and his family, it’s more than that.”
“It was just kind of something unplanned,” Heaney told reporters when asked about the moment. “His jersey was hanging in his locker and we wanted to take him out there with us one more time. He meant so much to all of us, he was definitely my best friend.”
No cause of death has been determined as of Wednesday afternoon, though suicide and foul play are not suspected. Monday’s scheduled game between the Angels and Rangers in Texas was postponed.
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Nationals‘ left-hander Patrick Corbin, who included Skaggs in his wedding party this past offseason and played with him in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, during his start on Tuesday..