The Angels paid tribute to Tyler Skaggs before their first home game Outfielder Mike Trout added a tribute of his own, with a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw in Friday’s game. Trout’s homer was made all the more special because he hit it while wearing Skaggs No. 45 jersey.
As part of what would be an emotional night, all of the Angels players and staff wearing uniforms, sported No. 45 jerseys in honor of Skaggs. The team also paid tribute to their late teammate in a pre-game ceremony, which included a video montage and a 45-second moment of silence, as well as Skaggs’ mother Debbie throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Andrew Heaney. Debbie etched a ’45’ into the dirt before throwing a strike from the mound.
, just days after his sudden death. On Friday, the Angels also honored Skaggs with special tributes around the ballpark.
In the first inning of the Angels game against the Mariners (GameTracker), Trout tacked on a two-run double to go along with his two-run homer. By the end of the inning, Trout already had four RBI and six total bases. Then in the second inning, Trout was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, bringing his RBI total to five.
Trout and Tommy La Stella represented the Angels at this year’s All-Star Game, and during the Midsummer Classic. The Angels will honor Skaggs with a