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Joe Saunders honors Nick Adenhart

Jul 29, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

Jim from Halos Heaven alerted me to something I hadn’t noticed: While with the Angels, Joe Saunders wore uniform number 51, but now that he’s with the Diamondbacks he has changed his number to 34, which was Nick Adenhart’s number.  He hasn’t said anything in public about it since the trade, but the assumption is that he’s wearing 34 as a tribute.

If so, it’s a very classy and touching move by Saunders.

  1. Weeble - Jul 29, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Can I make the assumption that 51 was not available from the DBacks? I’m not sure if they have retired the Unit’s number, but they may not be issuing it either.

  2. Gobias Industries - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Good call. They haven’t retired Johnson’s number yet, but they will (they are retiring Luis Gonzalez’s number after all); so in the meantime, I can’t imagine they’d issue it to an active player. But even if 34 was actually Saunders’ second choice, it’s still a nice gesture.

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