I rarely comment on the national baseball scene because I don't feel like I know enough about the entire league to have an ineresting perspective, but this story involving Nick Adenhart and the Angels clinching the division is right in my wheelhouse. The story goes like this: Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver. The Angels won the division and wanted to include the memory of Nick Adenhart in their celebration and in doing so doused his jersey in beer and champagne. Which led to someone commenting this:
Is it strange/ironic to be dousing Adenhart's jersey in a drunken, wanton manner given that it was that very substance that led to his untimely death? Just sayin'...
Here's the thing, have you ever seen that stupid t-shirt "Guns don't kill people, I do"? Well, this is the same thing. The guy who killed Nick Adenhart and his friends killed them, not beer. If you took Nick Adenhart's jersey and put it in the driver's seat of a car does that also disrespect his legacy? I mean, afterall a car was the very thing that led to his untimely death! I know that's ridiculous, but it's also basically saying the same thing.
Drinking and driving is a touchy topic to me. It's one of the stupidest things you can do in life. Everyone knows it's bad, everyone knows it could kill you or others, everyone knows at the least you could end up getting arrested yet people do it, EVERYDAY. Getting a DUI is not like getting a speeding ticket. Girls can't show the cops their tits and get out of it. If you get pulled over drinking and driving, you are screwed. So why do it?
It's like this, the other day I was hanging out with some friends of mine and we were all telling "crazy stuff that has happened while you were drunk" stories these ranged from peeing the bed onto another person to accidentally texting your mother to falling asleep on your own porch. Everyone has stories like this and they make for some of the funniest conversation you can possibly have. Now, why would you think that there is this drink that in the past has caused you to pee the bed onto your sleeping girlfriend and then later blame her for it. Would that be something that you would be okay for you to drive on after consuming? Seriously, think about that for a moment and I'll wait for your answer.
Okay, I guess there isn't one and despite that people STILL don't get it.
You know what really pisses me off? These people who say "Oh, it's okay I drive better when I'm drunk." Really? How bad of a driver do you have to be to drive better when you are drunk? You have to be at least ten times worse than a woman from Illinois on a Wisconsin road. I bet the idiot who killed Nick Adenhart said that. Then when you question these douchebags on it they say "Oh, well I pay much more attention to the road when I am drunk." Oh, well if THAT's the case forget I said anything! It's great to know that half the people out there driving are either drunk or not paying that much attention to the road. Makes me feel really safe with kids in the car. Really.
The fact that the Angels did this with Nick Adenhart's jersey is probably one of my favorite stories of the year. It's so easy to just block it out of your mind that someone you know has died and the fact that his team not only remembered him throughout the season, but had the presence of mind to pour beer on his jersey as if he was there is awesome. It's really a special thing and if people want to pretend that it's wrong because "beer killed him" then those people are stupid. Beer didn't kill Nick Adenhart, some stupid idiot who thought he could drink beer and drive killed him. If Nick Adenhart was alive, he would have gotten drunk with his teammates. The lesson we all should learn is don't drink and drive, not don't drink.
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