I’m pissed off. So if all you want to hear is positive stories about the Halos, click away from this site. If you’d like to learn a few things, stick around.
First off: Saw an Angels promo, had 5 pitchers on the screen. Weaver, Haren and Santana–yes, good. Scott Downs and, for the love of god, Fernando Rodney were also part of it. Give me an F’n break. If your promos include 2 middle relievers, your team sucks. And what person with a pulse would ever come out to see Rodney pitch? Downs has had a good season, but no one, this side of a relative, wife, girlfriend, or skank would come out to see him pitch.
The Angels sent out Kevin Jepsen. Really, that’s surprising. Is that why he wasn’t part of the promo? Jepsen takes sucking to a new level. Nice to read the Angels MLB notes, which complimented Jepsen on some fine performances. Let’s see his season stats: 13 IP, 21 hits and 11 ER. In June he has given up 4 hits and a run in just 3 innings. It would have been more if Torii Hunter hadn’t thrown a guy out at the plate Saturday night. Compliment him on being a magician (The Amazing Jepsen), because he sure pulled the wool over our eyes all season long.
Wait, this just in! Angels make a player move. Yep, the season is saved, Andy Romine is in the house. Whew, and I thought the Angels would go with a no name to replace Alberto Callaspo.
It’s been noted by people more famous than me, that Southern California fans are laid back, apathetic and inattentive. That is, when they aren’t cheering for the Yankees or Red Sox – which is more to irritate the people around them than actually liking the teams. Now I know there are some passionate Halo fans, but they are drowned out by the drabble in the stadium. Why am I saying that? How can you not be booing today’s performance? Your team is pummeled, embarrassed and humiliated, yet you cheer when they get a single down 9-0. If you accept this crappy product, how can you expect them to improve the team? If I’m an owner, I wouldn’t. I would just laugh my way to the bank. No, that’s B-S. I would be Steinbrenner west if my team played like they did today and throughout the home stand. Maybe you can fire all the players?
First thing to do is get a damn 3rd baseman? Maicer Izturis breaking for the 3rd base bag with two Royal runners on, and letting the ball roll past where he had just been standing, is embarrassing. Field the freaking ball and get an out at first. Also an option is to field the ball and get an out at seconnd or tag the guy heading for third – but get an out somewhere! He is a shortstop playing 3rd – and not very well!!!!!!! Looking back, the Halos should have paid the extra $15 million for Adrian Beltre. Naw, make it 20, or 30.
Five double plays today. 5! Yes, 5! Understandable if you are facing Greg Maddux or Tom Glavine or maybe Lefty Grove, but Vin Mazzaro. Geez
Oh I’m not done yet. Vernon Wells should be next to go. He won’t, but he should. He just went through the motions today, including taking a bad route on Alex Gordon’s double in the 3rd. Sorry people, he’s just cashing a check. He lost his desire once he signed his huge contract in Toronto. It was hoped that playing in Anaheim would rejuvenate him, but it has just highlighted that his career is done. Hey, don’t worry baseball fans, JP Ricciardi will be GM again some day, and I’m sure he’ll get back to doaling out huge, unwarranted contracts to marginal players.
Now let’s get back to Vin Mazzaro. The last time we heard from him he was giving up 14 ER in just over 2 innings. Today, he impersonated a pitcher, and a damn good one. 7 IP, 5 hits, 5 walks, with no strike outs. Do the Angels even care? My god, they couldn’t muster up any offense against this guy? 4 singles, 1 double. This from a team that is marketing itself as a contender. They are, a contender for one of the top picks in next year’s draft. I’ll go out on a limb and say that Mazzaro will get hit hard in his next start…and the start after that…
Angels lose 9-0. They have been shut out 9 times, matching last year’s total (with nearly 100 games to go). They also hit one home run on this 9 game home stand, finishing with just 2 wins against 9 losses. Don’t know when “it’s early” goes to “lost season”, but it has to be getting close, especially with the players the Halos trot out every night.
Sorry—Can we stop the stupid commercial songs? Sing with me; “Angels will cross the bridge, they are headed west”. Stupid songs don’t make me watch any more games than I already do. I am waiting for one of these stupid dittys to end up on a Billboard chart, or get an award at one of the million music show awards.
Angels get another team they can’t beat, the Mariners, starting tomorrow, then head east for interleague play.
I hope the Angels bring up Kazmir soon, as he looks ready—NOT!
Maybe I jinxed the Angels in to playing well. Still a fan, albeit an angry one.
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.