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!