After the game ended, every single Angels player went to the mound and took off his jersey and laid it down on the mound for Skaggs. It was chill-inducing, and happened while the players wore Skaggs' last name and No. 45 on the back of their jerseys.
The Angels continued to honor fallen teammate Tyler Skaggs on Friday night in their first home contest since the 27-year-old's death on July 1.
Before the game's dramatic final out on Friday, and historic accomplishment of completing a no-hitter, the park was already charged with emotion. Skaggs' mother threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Angels scored seven runs in the first to grab a huge lead and added two more in the second to go up 9-0.
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After that, two Angels pitchers, Taylor Cole and Felix Pena, were almost flawless, allowing just a single Seattle batter to reach base on a walk in nine innings of work. The game was being played one night before what would have been Skaggs' 28th birthday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
For the rest of the season, a No. 45 patch will remain on the player's jerseys, his locker will be kept intact and everywhere they go on the road, a locker will be left for him, Major League Baseball said. "We're family in here". Whether you're his teammate, part of his family, or just a fan like the rest of us, there's no forgetting what you're seeing right now.
A memorial created by fans in front of the Big A's main entrance has grown to the size of a pitcher's mound, with hats, signs and baseballs and other Angels memorabilia delivered to the stadium by heartbroken fans over the past 10 days. Forty-five will always be in my mind.