Friday, June 22, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Angels play the Milwaukee Indians!

Watching this game reminds me of watching the Angels play the Indians or the Brewers about 15 years ago.

There's about 3,000 people at the park.

Ah, nostalgia...

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Hudlerism #2

Yeah, the Angels are off to an awesome start! But I'd rather take this opportunity to point out another stupid thing Rex Hudler said about five minutes ago:

"You put John Lackey, Escobar, Ervin Santana, Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver as your five-man rotation, call the cops man!"

Now, I could be the prick here and remark on how having a good rotation hardly necessitates a 911 call, and Anaheim PD would probably get pissed off having to write a report about a good pitching rotation, and after Rex got caught a few years back with a few controlled substances in his suitcase at an airport, I'd think he'd want as little as possible to do with the police, but I won't.

Instead, I'm going to point out that the statement is just stupid. Had he said "book your World Series tickets" or something along those lines, where it makes SENSE, I have no problem with this statement.

But Rex Hudler is a moron, and I shouldn't expect him to use a euphemism that is coherent and linear.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Hudlerism #1

I don't think I've ever hidden my hatred of Rex Hudler, but it's during the season when I have to listen to this shell of a "color commentator" and his clever nicknames (usually made by putting a "y" at the end of a player's name! Chris Berman look out!) that I wear this hatred on my sleeve and my deadly sin becomes ENVY due to Dodgers fans having Vin Scully...

So, starting here, every time this hack says something stupid or unprofessional, I'm posting it here. Number 1 is from last night's game:

"Figgy's gonna have to take a chill pill for a few weeks."

Can you in your wildest dreams imagine Joe Buck or Vin Scully saying that?

Didn't think so.

And the season starts on a great note!

Nothing like coming out with a win, is there?

Sure, we have 161 more games to go. But if last night was any indication of the direction this team will take this summer, it's gonna be a fun 161.

I've never been a huge John Lackey fan, mainly because I think all he's missing for greatness is a sports psychologist. When things are going well, John Lackey is among the best in baseball. When he gets in trouble, he tends to panic.

Last night, though, Lackey got in trouble early and often, but kept his head. Evenin the two-error third inning when he had to throw 20 extra pitches, he stayed mentally tough and threw good pitches (just ask Sammy Sosa.) If John Lackey looks like this all year, that's one less thing we have to worry about.

The other is Gary Matthews Jr. After last night, I don't care if he sinks offensively back to his 2005 level. The man has a golden glove, and may well be on his way to a Gold Glove in center field this season. (Okay, so he had an error. That catch in the first inning was the highlight of the game!) Were it not for his glove in center, this probably would not have been a win.

161 games to go, and I'm looking forward to each and every one!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Opening Day!

Can you smell the peanuts?

Only 6 hours 45 minutes until gametime!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A-Rod (Yet Again) adds fuel to the fire once again by suggesting a move bringing A-Rod to the Angels.

I'm a little bit tired of these. Sure, I bought into the hype back in November. But now I just wish they'd trade him or leave the poor bastard alone.

As I've said before, the A-Rod situation in New York is lose/lose for him.

Especially when you compound that with the "leadership" of Derek Jeter, whose tenure as Captain has made Custer look good as a General.

The Freeway (World) Series

Tom Verducci. For reasons I'm sure you'll quickly understand, this man is my favorite person on the planet today.

I really could think of no finer World Series. I'm sure that opinion would be echoed by a majority of the people within a 100 mile radius of me.

The rest of the country would be bored to suicide, though.

But I don't live in the rest of the country. I live in Orange County.

So, let's go Angels and Dodgers! The last preseason games of the year will be a Freeway Series, let's have the final games of the postseason be one as well!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Wow, has it really been a month?

No better way to lose what few readers I have than not post, but unfortunately my personal life has been a series of crises since early December, and that means that posting in a stupid baseball blog takes a backseat to everything else.

But, as usual, it could always be worth. For example, I could be Gary Matthews, Jr.

It's been easy to criticize Arte Moreno this offseason. His failure to deliver on his "something big" promise showed how much of a rookie owner he is. But, even with that, it's impossible to turn on Arte because of what he has made this franchise in the last four years. He's turned this franchise from a second-rate club on par with the Montreal Expos and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays into one of the most respectable and admired teams in the league.

And, as is obvious with this whole Gary Matthews Jr. business, he cares about the team, its image, and its fans.

This article at shows a portrait of an owner that should be the envy of every other team in Major League Baseball. His vociferous pursuit of information in Gary Matthews, Jr.'s HGH scandal is the type of action owners should have been taking toward performance enhancing drugs years ago.

I understand Matthews' reluctance to talk. But this is not a court of law; it's a court of public opinion. And while taking the 5th may be a way to operate in the legal system, it ain't gonna work with the 45,000 fans whose asses sit in the seats at Angel Stadium.

The truth will set you free, Gary. We can be quite forgiving, if you only tell the truth.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Mark your calendars

A long, cold winter is nearly over. In a mere four days, the Angels pitchers & catchers will be reporting to camp in Tempe , Arizona. Five days later they will be followed by the rest of the team.

It's been tough this last month or so trying to come up with reasons to write in this blog, so I just stopped. along with family issues, it's just been tough to write with nearly nothing happening this winter. I started this blog hoping for something big, as Arte Moreno promised. Instead, we landed Gary Matthews Jr. and not much else.

So we head into spring under a cloud of doubt. Our pitching is fine, but our offense is as weak as last season.

And if we can't score runs, we can't make the playoffs.

We'll start to see how wrong or right I am in about four days...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

7 Day DL

Sorry about the lack of posting. I'm not doing a stellar job at keeping my one or two readers, I know. I've been down with the flu the last week or so, including an trip to the emergency room on Tuesday, where I became the proud recipient of 3 liters of saline IV's.

So, I suppose it's a good thing that it's still a month or so before the first players start showing up at camp. It'll give me time to recover!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Happy New Year!

I've been fighting a particularly nasty cold the last week, and considering that I have to muster up the energy to change the channel with the remote control, working up the desire to post in my blog during the longest stretch of non-news we'll have during this year has been tough. But I wanted to wish each and every one of you a sterling 2007, and (since you're reading this, it's probably a safe bet you'd want this), may it cap off with the Angels winning the last game of MLB baseball played this year, whether it be game 4, 5, 6, or 7 of the World Series.

On another note, my friend Minorpoet over at kowinkydinks was recently in Boston and, while on top of the Prudential building, snapped the below photo of Fenway park just for yours truly!
Having friends is cool!