Hangover Actor Brody Stevens Remembered by Baseball Community After His Apparent Suicide at 48
The comedian has long been an avid baseball fan and even played on a college scholarship at Arizona State University
Comedian Brody Stevens left an impact on not just the comedy world, but the baseball world, too.
The comedian and actor, who had parts in movies like The Hangover and The Hangover Part II, has long been an avid baseball fan, and according to the New York Times, he even played on a college scholarship at Arizona State University.
The Sun Devils remembered their former pitcher via Twitter on Saturday and observed a moment of silence in his honor before the day’s game.
“We lost a treasured member of our Sun Devil Baseball Family yesterday,” the team wrote on Twitter. “We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brody Stevens. He will be in our hearts this weekend.”
Baseball stars like retired pitcher Dan Haren and Phillies ace Jake Arrieta also mourned the loss of their friend on social media.
“One of my best friends is gone, @BrodyismeFriend i love you man. He always took the time to talk to me about baseball, comedy and life. A true friend,” Haren wrote on Twitter.
Added Arrieta, “I will never forget the time spent with Brody Stevens during my time in Chicago thx to Mike Borzello. Every conversation was memorable, he loved baseball, and watching him throw a bullpen during an early spring morning will always be a highlight for me.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, Stevens spent time with the Chicago Cubs thanks to a childhood friendship with the team’s catching coach Mike Borzello. Stevens was on hand to watch the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner also weighed in, sharing a hilarious photo showing Turner holding a bottle of wine and Stevens toting a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in a grocery store.
“Grab some wine, I’ll grab a box of cereal and let’s take a pic. It’ll be funny” @BrodyismeFriend He was great at making people laugh and loved to talk about baseball. The world lost a gem today. #RIPBrody #PositivePush,” Turner wrote.
Stevens was scheduled to visit the Chicago Cubs in Arizona this week, according to the Chicago Tribune, prompting manager Joe Maddon to delay his pregame news conference Saturday in order to send condolences to Stevens’ family.
“Brody was a one-of-a-kind guy where he would come out and want to be around baseball,” Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber told the outlet. “He knows the game and wants to be around it. He would bring smiles to faces. It’s a sad day here knowing that he’s not going to be coming to camp, but he’ll still be here with us.”
Comedians like Nick Kroll and Patton Oswalt were among those to mourn Stevens on Twitter.
“#RIPBrodyStevens he was so funny and weird and vulnerable and wild and kind. Every time he was onstage it was an adventure,” Kroll wrote.
While Stevens was best known for his work on the comedy circuit, he never forgot his baseball roots, reflecting on his days pitching for the North Pole Nicks in the Alaska Baseball League in December.
“North Pole Nicks July 12th 1989. Brode & Bo sharing the front page of Sports in the Fairbanks Daily-Minor. #BrodyInspiresNicks,” he wrote, referring to baseball great Bo Jackson.
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