The thing about loving your team is that every win feels so great, but every loss hurts that much more. I know there are 162 games, and my Angels can’t win every game. I know that, but I can’t stop getting frustrated when they lose. This recent 6 game losing streak has driven me crazy. I know the team is deficient, and young, at certain positions, but I never thought I’d see them lose 6 straight at home. Maybe some of the teams they fielded back in the 70′s, 80′s or 90′s, but not now, not with the recent success they have had.
There was a time when the Angels were what I used to call, last chance alley. Or the place that veterans come to die. Remember when Gary Nolan, Dave Parker, Kelly Gruber donned a Halos uniform? Even Mark Gubicza fits that description. It’s players, that have better than average success somewhere else, come to the Angels at the end of their careers, and have little, to no success. I hate to think that they will become that team again, but I realize that it is entirely possible.
It looks like Alberto Callaspo hurt a hammy tonight. I wonder if the Halos will look to the waiver wire to see if Gary Gaetti is available. Oh yeah, he already played with the Halos, with very little success. Gaetti is an anamoly. He had a fine career before and after he played in Anaheim. Had to be the contacts. Really, though, what do the Halos do?
If I’m gonna call a player out, I have to give him kudos when he does well. I’m talking about Vernon Wells, who had his best at bat as Angel on Friday, and came back tonight with 3 hits in 4 at bats tonight. I did notice one thing about Wells. He is trying way too hard. He struck out in the 9th last night by swinging at a pitch over his head. I knew, right then, that he is feeling pressure to perform. He wasn’t waiting for his pitch, he was swinging at the pitchers pitch. Hey, don’t worry, I still don’t like him.
3rd base coaches only get noticed when they do something wrong. Dino Ebel, you made a horrible mistake on Friday by sending Bobby Abreu to a certain out at the plate in the 8th inning. Alex Gordon was right behind the shortstop when he fielded the ball, and gunned out Abreu. I know the Angels are desperate to score runs, but the situation, and Gordon’s position on the field dictated that you hold Abreu
When will the Russell Branyan experiment end? They signed him for his power, not for the occasional single or walk. Branyan did single on Saturday and actually stole 2nd, but seconds later he was doubled off second when Maicer Izturis hit an obvious line out.
Why do people keep running on Torii Hunter? He picked up his 8th outfield assist on Saturday by throwing out Melky Cabrera at home, and at the same time keeping the game tied at 5. The pitcher? Kevin Jepsen.
I am sick and tired of hearing all Angels announcers preaching the merits of Jepsen. “He has such great stuff” or “If he would just trust his stuff, he’d be dominant” is all I hear every freakin time he pitches. We all have talents unrealized for any number of reasons. Maybe Jepsen just isn’t very good. Scott Kazmir has great stuff, but he just isn’t very good (anymore). Todd Van Poppel had great stuff, and he wasn’t very good. Not every guy with great stuff will go on to a long MLB career. Jepsen faced 3 batters in the 7th and two of them reached base. If it wasn’t for Hunter he could have lost another game.
Angels struck out 6 times on Friday. The first two of the game, and the last two of the game, made up 4 of them.
Jordan Walden can throw some gas. He hit 98 mph on the gun in the 9th inning of Saturday’s game. He looks to be coming in to his own, as well. 2 on and none out, and he K’s 2. Although Eric Hosmer pulled a Wells by swinging at 2 over his head.
Gotta go…Thinking about being a nuclear physicist. I’ve always been good with numbers. All I have to do is trust in my stuff because it is great, and I’ll be successful. What, I suck at being a N-P? Damn, another talent unrealized.
Angels snap their 6 game skid by beating the future dominant Royals 7-5.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.