And the fact that this 22-year-old who had his whole life ahead of him was robbed of all his potential by a suspected drunk driver makes it even more sad.
It is, in short, mind-numbingly painful to think that at any moment the irresponsible and selfish actions of another could deny any one of us of our most precious gift.
So many of us have been touched personally, or know someone who has been affected by a person's decision to drive drunk. Mothers lose sons, husbands lose wives and friends lose friends everyday in the blink of an eye.
Like most guys in their 20s, I walk around with this sense that I'm invincible, that nothing bad could ever happen to me. This devastating event is a reminder that as a interconnected society, our lives aren't just in our own care.
Adenhart had personally worked so hard to be where he was Wednesday night, pitching on baseball's biggest stage in front of his friends and family. His agent, Scott Boras, tearfully recounted the night.
""After the game," Boras said, "he was so elated. It was tremendous fun. A great moment for all of us, seeing a young man take a huge step."
The young right-hander had apparently told his father a few days ago that he needed to see him pitch. Adenhart had a feeling something special was going to happen.
And in a mere matter of hours, the highest of highs turned to the lowest of lows when the car he was traveling in was struck by 22-year-old Thomas Gallo, who was driving with a suspended license because of previous drunken-driving infractions.
It should be pointed out that Gallo has not been convicted of anything yet. But, the problem is still out there, no matter what facts come to light.
It goes without saying that this isn't how the story should have ended. More importantly, it didn't have to end this way.
In 2007, there were 12,998 alcohol-related fatalities on the nation's roadways -- down from over 21,000 in 1982. The decrease in the loss of life is progress, one death is too many.
While alcohol may blur the decision-making process that leads to getting behind the wheel while under the influence, the consequences of these actions were never clearer than what happened this morning.
Hangovers will go away, but the pain inflicted will never subside.
With that in mind, it's important we all take the opportunity to remind ourselves that it's never okay to get behind the wheel while impaired and it's our duty to stop others from doing the same.
Your actions can save a life just as easy as they can take one away.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Adenhart's friends and family in this dark time and to all of those whose lives have been forever changed by these senseless acts of destruction.