When someone who seems to be on the cusp of realizing his potential gets cut down in his prime. I know, potential is something of a dirty word. And when you are in a line of work where the slightest thing changes you can lose your way. The real world is just something that only proves to be an inconvenience at best.
Now I'm not going to say that Nick Adenhart was going to be the next Cy Young Award winner. But he was the number one prospect in the entire Angels organization. He had a chance to be something spectacular. Now? He's just another person in the would have been file. Struck down because a loser decided he couldn't call a cab.
Others will talk about this in comparison to Donte Stallworth, because he's the famous answer to Andrew Gallo in drunk driving. Some may even bring up the sidebar of just how much tragedy the Angels organization has had to deal with (and it is quite a lot, google Lyman Bostock if you want a start on it). But you know what, this case is simple.
A 22 year-old who had the world on a string and was ready to become something special on the baseball field is dead because of a degenerate. And that's a damned tragedy. Learn a lesson from it. Or at the very least, pray for the Adenhart family. They deserve it.