Late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs wanted to start a family and 'his children to be able to see him pitch'
Just months before his death, Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs and his wife gave an interview where they spoke about braving life's challenges, family plans and more. The 27-year-old pitcher, who was found dead in his Texas hotel room on July 1, had spoken in the interview about how he and Carli, his fiance then, had dealt with the possibility of their wedding venue burning down due to a wildfire.
For April's issue of Wealth Management, the couple gave a joint interview in which Carlie said, "Things happen unexpectedly that you have no control over, like in our case. But it’s about how you react and having a positive attitude." She added, "I believe you’ll always find a way to make things work out."
The couple had learnt just days before their wedding ceremony in December 2018 that much of their wedding venue was destroyed by the wildfire, and imminent warning of rain also meant that possible mudslides in the future had to be considered.
About this Skaggs said, "This was important to us. But it was nothing compared to the way people’s lives were being impacted. A thousand things go into planning a wedding, but no one ever plans on their venue burning.”
The couple also had plans to start a family of their own sometime soon and about this Carli said, "Tyler wants his children to be able to see him pitch."
She also spoke about unexpected situations in life and how to face them and said, "Things happen unexpectedly that you have no control over, like in our case. But it's about how you react and having a positive attitude. I believe you'll always find a way to make things work out."
Meanwhile, Skaggs' fellow Angels returned to the pitch on Tuesday on a sombre note. They remembered their mate by wearing a black patch and also with number 45 painted on to the pitcher’s mound to honor him. There was a moment of silence before the Angels faced the Rangers on the field.
After the game, Skaggs' close friend Mike Trout in a conversation with Philly Voice said, "We lost a teammate, we lost a friend, a brother. We just gotta get through it. Skaggs was an unbelievable person. It was tough playing out there today, like (manager Brad Ausmus) said earlier, Skaggs wouldn't have wanted us to take another day off. All these guys in here, I see these guys as more than my family."
Currently, the police are investigating Skaggs' death and have not revealed the cause of death and according to a report in Fox La, they do not suspect suicide or foul play.