The Ugly and the Good...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, April 10, 2009

OH, the iTunes Shuffle yesterday? ZIGGY Marley, Grateful Dead, David Gilmour and Paula Cole....just sayin'

The main subject of this post was going to be the story below. Then I heard about the tragic death of a young man who played for the Anaheim Angels of Los Angels.

The story of Nick Adenhart appears to be another death that could have been avoided if people would just not get into their cars after drinking, and, if all of the early reports are accurate, the need for our justice system to get some b**ls when it comes to those who endanger others with their selfish, moronic actions...

From the site:
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others were killed by a suspected drunk driver Thursday, a shocking end to the life of a rookie who had overcome major elbow surgery to realize his big league dreams.

The accident in neighboring Fullerton occurred hours after the 22-year-old pitcher made his season debut with his father in the stands, throwing six scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics. The Angels ultimately lost the game, 6-4.(READ THE REST HERE)

According to other news sources, (the person)* responsible "will be booked on “felony hit and run, felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter and possibly murder,” according to authorities.

(the person)* was reportedly drinking and driving with a suspended license due to a prior DUI, when he fled the scene. He was quickly arrested after the tragic incident.

Our sympathies go out to Nick's family, friends, teammates and fans...

The next story is one you need to bookmark. Why you ask? I heard you whisper over there SONGBIRD of "Desert Ice" fame...Well, since she asked, I will tell y'all...

Because more professional teams need to follow the lead of Songbird's 'home' team (see how I wrapped that all up in a nice little ribbon!), the ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS who understand that times are tough for most of their fans, but for others, it is the darkest of dark days. Even in those dark days, they remain loyal to their team...well, this is from Mr. Rick Reilly on

Here's a scoop for you. The Diamondbacks are flagrantly violating MLB rules. They're a pro team, and yet they're giving out full-ride scholarships. Been doing it for two years now!

Not to their players. To their fans.

It's an idea D-backs CEO Derrick Hall came up with at one game when a season ticket-holder who'd lost everything, even her car, introduced herself. She told him a fan in her section had bought her two season tickets for the rest of the year, even picked her up every game and took her home. And Hall thought, Why don't we do this for our fans? So he asked fans to send in "applications" for scholarships. Soon, his e-mail in-box was swamped.

A perfect example of PAYING IT FORWARD...

Have a most wonderful weekend and remember, if you see the opportunity...

PAY IT FORWARD...and make the world a better place!


22 Of Your Sparks

  1. Lucy Stern Says:
  2. So sad about Nick Adenhart's death...Too many times the drunk driver gets off easy, I hope this time they through him under the jail..Let's hope he gets more than a slap on the wrist......

    YEA Arizona Diamondbacks...I wish more teams would do that. Have a great Easter weekend.

  3. Dana Says:
  4. It is truly tragic that Nick Adenhart lost his life in that manner, but I'm quite frustrated with this story. There were two other "normal" people who died as a result of that accident, and it seems they are invisible to the rest of the world because they weren't Nick Adenhart - they were just folks like you and me.

    Sorry Vinny - didn't mean to rant - but a life is a life and it bothers me when we prioritize whose is more worthy of mention based on their "value" to society.

  5. star8278 Says:
  6. I usually try to find the bright side in everything, to me everything happens for a reason... but a senseless death from a DUI, I can never understand that. They are so preventable. What a tragedy for that pitchers family. My heart goes out to them, especially at Easter. Senseless.

    No Cd yet, but our mail is usually kind of slow coming from so far away. Can't to give a listen to it. Gonna load it on the ipod for my upcoming trip into Cheesteak Ville, I mean Phila for the week next week. :)

  7. Matt-Man Says:
  8. The death of Adenhart really bummed me out. So sad. On a happier note...

    I hope you, Nancy, and all of your families have a lovely Easter weekend. Cheers Vinny!!

  9. That Nick Adenhart is heartbreaking. This is why I truly am for the death penalty for drunk driving homicides. Its totally senseless and avoidable. The choice to drive drunk is the most disgusting, selfish choice you could make.

  10. Tug Says:
  11. Such sad news about Nick...

    The Diamondbacks organization was awesome from the start when I lived in Phoenix, truly a class act.

    Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter Bond!

  12. More senseless deaths make my heart ache. No one seems to learn that drinking and driving is a lethal combination. What a freakin' waste. *heavy, heavy sigh*

    Would you believe that the story of the D-Backs and their generosity is not big news around here? That's the best kind of philanthropy - the kind that the givers do not self-promote.

  13. Mimi Lenox Says:
  14. I hadn't heard this news. What a senseless tragedy. Sympathies and prayers to all the families. This just makes me sick.

    The paying it forward scholarships are AWESOME. These are dark days, indeed, but this is a bright bright spot of hope.

    Have a wonderful Easter with Nancy and the family!

  15. Bond Says:
  16. LUCY: Thank you for coming are correct on both points.

    DANA: No need to apologize, because I am ashamed I did not give them the attention their deaths deserve.
    BRAVO for pointing it out.

    STAR: An email is on the way to you

    MATT-MAN: And to you and Schmoop and to all that meat you will be consuming

    DOC: It is something to consider for repeat offenders

    TUG: as I titled it..the ugly and the good HAPPY EASTER

    SONGBIRD: That is a good thing, that they are not self-promoting...but they deserve a hardy HOORAH

    MIMI: Happy Easter to you and yours also Mimi

  17. Jay Says:
  18. The professional sports teams make themselves a part of the community through philanthropic actions like the D-Backs are doing. The long term payoff in support, both financial and general good-will is tremendous.

    The Adenhart death is terrible, but I also feel a bit like Dana does about these things.

  19. Meribah Says:
  20. So sad how one so young can die like that. my condolences to his family and friends.
    Love the Paying It Forward scholarships. Great idea!
    By the way, Happy Easter to you and yours, Bond. Hugs. :)

  21. Bond Says:
  22. JAY: I agree that I shold have mentioned the other two victims who were killed AND the fourth person who is still hospitalized.
    Because they do not have a high profile career does not make them any less important.

    MERI: And Happy Easter to you and yours my friend.

  23. This is some of your best work. While I knew the details surrounding Nick Adenhart, you tribute was very well done. Happy Easter!

  24. JohnH985 Says:
  25. Too often drunk driving is not treated as seriously as it should. How many times have we read about someone being injured or killed by a drunk driver and find out that the driver has already had an arrest for drunk driving or even has had his/her ticket pulled, but is still driving anyways. The driver that hit Stephen King was a repeat offender. But until we make the law have some more serious consquences for driving drunk, we'll continue to read these type of stories. It's really quite sad.

  26. Travis Says:
  27. I've always thought that the Diamondbacks's organization was a good one.

    And all the articles I've seen about the accident do mention all of the lives lost. I considered the focus on young Mr Adenhart to be the representation of 3 promising young lives cut short. My sympathies go to each of the families.

  28. I am glad they are bringing up the drunk driver who killed Nick Adenhart up on charges.

    Thanks for sharing the story about the Diamondbacks. I had not heard that.

  29. Fred Says:
  30. Cool idea from the Diamondbacks.

    Hope you have a great Easter!

  31. cathy Says:
  32. I hate drunk drivers, my brother was hit by one a few years ago and was"lucky" to get away with back injuries.

  33. Bond Says:
  34. BUD: Why TY Sir

    JOHN: Very sad, and yes, they are repeat offenders more often than not and there has to be something we can do about it.

    TRAVIS: They have always had a good rep, you are correct. I was more upset I did not mention the other victims.

    SOUTHERN: They are going to go after him hard. Glad you enjoyed the other story.

    FRED: Yup yup
    Happy Easter to you and yours also

    CATHY: I am happy that is 'all'that happened.

  35. katherine. Says:
  36. the angels' press conference let me crying....

    however....the diamondbacks story was great...lots of good people in Arizona!

  37. coco Says:
  38. Perfect examples of what's horribly wrong and wonderfully right in the world ... wouldn't it be lovely if people thought more about the consequences of their actions BEFORE acting ... then we might have less of the first sort of story and more of the latter. Hugs.

  39. Starrlight Says:
  40. I heard about the baseball player, that is so very sad. And I can understand where Dana is coming from but on the other hand a celebrity is always going to get more press simply because they impact a wider audience than us common folks. I don't hold that against them otherwise I would have to feel like an ass for crying over Lennon.


Music On The Couch