Most of the Astros players did not know Hancock personally -- except for one, Adam Everett, one of the first people Hancock met in pro baseball.
Everett and Hancock were drafted by the Red Sox in 1998 and were assigned as roommates that year in Rookie League ball in Lowell, Mass.
Everett heard the news of Hancock's passing when he arrived to the clubhouse at Minute Maid Park on Sunday morning. Jason Lane, who shared an agent with Hancock, broke the news.
"It's never good, especially the way it happened, in a car accident," Everett said. "You just never know how valuable life is until it's gone."
Everett was traded from the Red Sox the next year, but he and Hancock crossed paths many times, especially after Hancock was picked up by the Cardinals, whom the Astros play at least 14 times a season.
"Every time we played each other, he'd always give me his little smirk and whatnot," Everett said. "He always gives me a head nod -- you're going to miss that. He's always going to be in my memory, because of us coming up together with the Red Sox.
"He was a fun guy -- that's for sure. He enjoyed life. That's pretty much the way it was. He was easygoing, didn't let too much faze him."
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.