Appropriate, given the tragic news about the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, killed last night in a hit-and-run accident caused by a suspected drunken driver.
Less than 24 hours ago, 22-year-old Adenhart had the world on a string. In his fourth major league start, he pitched six innings of shutout ball against the Oakland Athletics.
Today, he's gone.
I'll say here what I've said numerous times before: There is no punishment severe enough for drunk driving.
I believe that driving under the influence should receive mandatory prison time. No probation. No suspended license. No enforced rehab. No 36 hours in the county slammer. A minimum of one year hard time in the state penitentiary. No plea bargains, no questions asked.
Second-time offenders should be sentenced to a minimum of five years. Third-timers get twenty.
Drunk drivers who kill? Automatic life sentence.
And if someone wanted to argue for making the latter a capital crime, they'd get no protest from me.
Andrew Gallo, the knucklehead who snuffed out the lives of Nick Adenhart and his two friends, Henry Pearson and Courtney Stewart and who was himself uninjured in the crash was driving under a suspended license due to a prior drunk driving conviction. If Gallo had been in San Quentin where he belonged in my opinion, if not the State of California's three young people with bright futures would be alive today.
My sincere condolences, as well as my deepest empathy as a father, go out to the families of the deceased.
I bear-hugged my daughter when she came home from her college classes today. She thought I was crazy. Perhaps I am.
But life is fragile.
Even when you're 22 years old, and have a million-dollar arm.