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LA Angels Series Preview (7/2/19): Appreciating Life, Baseball, and Tyler Skaggs

By Ryan Falla
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 01: Players for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants stand during a moment of silence for pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at PETCO Park on July 01, 2019 in San Diego, California. Skaggs passed away in his hotel room earlier in the day in Texas. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 01: Players for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants stand during a moment of silence for pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at PETCO Park on July 01, 2019 in San Diego, California. Skaggs passed away in his hotel room earlier in the day in Texas. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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As much as we all want to enjoy the LA Angels rivalry series against the Texas Rangers, a series in which the Angel will be fighting to climb the AL Wild Card standings, it will be difficult to move past the sudden and tragic death of Angels center-piece pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

However, if there is one thing the former 2009 LA Angels draft pick and longtime starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs would want it would be for all of us fans to appreciate and enjoy every little moment within the sport of baseball and life that we possibly can.

Tyler Skaggs will be alongside all of us as we cheer on the Angels while they cope with the terrible loss of Skaggs yesterday afternoon. There is a certain power in knowing that Tyler Skaggs will always be here in spirit and memory with the team and fans alike, especially through a time as tough as this. The strength behind his memory and the amazing things he did for this world and the people in it will carry us all through these tragic times, as hard as these times may be.

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You never really know when you’ll be watching one of your favorite players for the last time. No one could have guessed anything like this happening and the shock of it all has brought a stark sense of mortality to the surface. All we can do now is take the memories and lessons left to us by Tyler Skaggs and apply it in the most positive ways we can.

I know that’s difficult to do so soon after the passing of such a young, vibrant human being; but deep down we all know Skaggs would want us to appreciate all of the finer things in life and baseball and not to get too caught up in the sport as to where you forget these are human beings we are both cheering on and criticizing throughout the seasons.

Tyler Skaggs would want us to remember how to love the sport with the child-like fervor and wonder that we all used too when we were younger. He would want us to appreciate the athletes that make many sacrifices to bring this enjoyment into our lives, no matter how good or bad they may be.

Thank you for your time given not just to the Angels organization, but to all the fans who became glued to the TV with every pitch you threw over the years and to all the young athletes you inspired to follow the same path you did. Thank you for giving us as much of yourself as you could in the short time that you had with us.

Rest in Peace and Love Tyler Skaggs, you will always be remembered.

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