Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/7/12

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez honored his friend and former minor league teammate Nick Adenhart, who was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident in April 2009, by using a glove Friday night that Adenhart gave him two years earlier.

Gonzalez made his first major league start at Angel Stadium in front of 200 family members and friends. He went to high school in Southern California and signed with the then Anaheim Angels as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played with Adenhart in the Angels' system for two seasons.

The right-handed throwing Gonzalez, using the glove Adenhart gave him in 2007 as a gift, tossed seven innings of three-hit ball before a crowd of 42,716 in the Orioles' 3-2 victory over the Angels.

While Gonzalez has held on to the Rawlings glove for five years, he had never used it in a game before Friday.

"I thought it was the perfect time to do it," he told MLB.com.

Gonzalez always keeps the glove close to him as a reminder of his fallen friend.

"We were pretty close," Gonzalez said of Adenhart. "We played together for two years. I'm with him in my heart and obviously their family, I'm with them, too. It wasn't an easy thing for them."

After playing four minor league seasons with the Angels, Gonzalez missed 2008 with a knee injury and ended up with the Boston Red Sox as a Rule 5 Draft pick. He missed 2009 after having Tommy John surgery. He pitched in the Red Sox lower minors until he was released last December.

The Orioles picked up Gonzalez in February after a stint in the Mexican Winter League. He got called up after a 1.61 ERA in 14 appearances (six starts) in the minors.

"All the hard work, the ups and downs I've had, obviously that pushed me back a little bit, but I'm here now," Gonzalez said.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Kings engaging in trade talks for Cousins

Report: Romo willing to rework contract to facilitate trade

Lonzo Ball's father says son is better than Curry right now

Report: Rams could have interest in Cousins if Goff flops

Report: Butler to Celtics talk will loom over All-Star week

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Carmelo expects to remain with Knicks

James Harden: ‘For sure’ I’m the best player in the world

Report: Pats expected to make good effort to keep Bennett

Glenn Robinson III dunks over three people to win Slam Dunk Contest

Kevin Durant booed at All-Star introductions in New Orleans

Charles Oakley joins Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Best of Yardbarker: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

Box Score 2/17: Happy birthday, Michael Jordan (and welcome to 1000 point club, Sid!)

The 'Michael Jordan might still win the Dunk contest if he entered' quiz

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Box Score 2/16: Getting ready for the ASG

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of YB: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Who will break these NBA All-Star Game records?

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker