‘He Pitched for Me’: How the Angels Honored Tyler Skaggs in
the Most Emotional No-Hitter in MLB History
On July 12, eleven days after 27-year-old Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his Texas hotel room before a game against the Rangers, his grieving teammates played the first of a three-game home series against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels honored Skaggs in their first home game since his death by all wearing his No. 45 jersey and having his mother throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Nine innings later, two Los Angeles pitchers had remarkably combined to no-hit Seattle.
Here, then, are the Angels themselves, in their own words, describing the night they paid tribute, in a way that will almost certainly never be duplicated, to a player who was more than a teammate.
“Vato” was the ultimate friend and teammate. Sending prayers out to Carli and the rest of his family. Since day 1 when I joined the Angels he made me feel at home in the clubhouse. His energy is one that could make you feel like life is precious no matter what. That energy and his legacy will live on forever in my heart. I love you brother. Thank you for the countless laughs and friendship. Til we met again homie.
photos by Erik Sarni …East Side Media 2019