I really like the Angels 50th anniversary ceremonies. Getting past players, and key executives, to throw out the first pitch is a nice touch.
Tuesday saw the late Gene Autry get inducted in to the Halos Hall of Fame. The original owner of the Angels is so deserving. It’s just too bad that he never got to watch his beloved team win the series in 2002. Brian Downing threw out the first pitch in Wednesday. There wasn’t a more hard nosed player than Downing.
I’m done with the positive, now I’ll let loose. I know we are all supposed to love Jackie Autry, but count me as one who doesn’t. As a former bank executive, she had no business running the Halos after Autry’s death. You all may not remember, but she wanted to cut the Halos payroll down to almost nothing, soon after Autry’s passing. Thankfully, Disney came in and saved the team from being disbanded. Nothing grinds me more than people getting credit for doing nothing more than doing nothing. Gene Autry was the heart and soul of the Angels organization. Jackie Autry should go away and count her money. I won’t compare her to former Rams owner Georgia Frontierre, but she is a close second. At least J-A didn’t try to move the team.
Damn All-Star break. Remember how well the Angels were playing before the break? They had won 8 straight series and were on quite a roll. The ASB came, and went, and apparently so did the Angels. The Rangers are the hottest team in baseball, but through 5 games the Angels performance is nothing short of embarrassing.
I have to start with Michael Kohn. Kohn had one good outing when he had no pressure on him in Oakland. The A’s were up 8-0 at the time, so Kohn could strut his stuff. Tuesday he went back to sucking. Why do the Angels keep hanging on to guys who can’t pitch at the Major League level? What MLB team is Jason Bulger with now?
8th inning, 2 out, and here’s come Kohn. To prove that he can’t throw strikes, he walks Mike Napoli. He proceeds to prove that first base is no different that home plate, by gunning the ball past Mark Trumbo. Next up in Endy Chavez, who has never, and will never, be confused with Jose Bautista. Anyhow, Chavez smacks a bomb over the right field wall. Next, he proves he cannot field his position by butchering Ian Kinsler’s ground ball. no more damage in that inning though.
9th inning, and Kohn strolls back to the mound. After his warmups, he grooves a couple balls to Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre, who go back to back off the Angels…….guy. 7-0 Rangers, who have won 12 in a row.
Good news, the Angels have tired of Kohn’s act, sending him to Salt Lake. Shockingly, they wanted to recall Kevin Jepsen, but he is injured. They recalled Horatio Ramirez, a lefty who has been with a 5 teams, and hasn’t pitched in the bigs in 2 years. Fernando Rodney will be back by Saturday, I think, yippeee.
Nice start by Tyler Chatwood, who was making his first start since before the All-Star break. Rich Thompson also pitched well.
Hank Conger was sent out because he couldn’t throw guys out at 2nd. You know it wasn’t because of his offensive production, not with Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson on the team.
What was wrong with Mike Napoli again? The Angels just couldn’t find a spot on their team for him. So far with the Rangers he is hitting .261, with 13 home runs and 34 RBI. That is 70 points, 11 home runs and 22 RBI better than Mathis. His 13 home runs would put him 3rd on the Halos. I’m just sayin’
What a game on Wednesday! Dan Haren gave up 7 earned runs, but he didn’t get the loss, as the Angels proved to be quite resilient.
Torii Hunter broke an 0-18 slump by hitting a home run. He had another chance to inflict some damage, but struck out with 2 on in the 5th. Hunter’s timing is all off since the All-Star break ended.
Vernon Wells has played left, at night, in Anaheim, before tonight, right? That ole play he made in the 5th, allowing the Rangers to tack on another couple runs, was just another of the myriad of mistakes made by the 26 million dollar man this year. By ole play, I mean he waved at the ball as it whizzed by him in left. I smiled right after the play, as the few fans in attendance actually booed the guy. Way to go people, that was a horrible effort by Wells.
Why did I say few fans? When they played the music to keep the fans awake, it felt like I had my Ipod on full blast. It was that loud coming through the TV. Either the music was really loud, or there weren’t that many butts in the seats.
The only other guy I’ve seen do it was Ichiro, but Mike Trout got an infield single on a ball hit to the shortstop. Wow, that guy is fast. That was just part of the Halos 6 run, 6th inning, highlighted by All-Star Howard Kendrick’s go ahead 2-run single. Down 8-3, the Angels grabbed a 9-8 lead.
And Scott Downs and the 2nd Angels All-Star, Jordan Walden made it stand. Walden’s 100 mph pitch to strike out Adrian Beltre was vicious.
Angels pull of the improbable 9-8 victory. What a game!
They’ll try to take the rubber game tomorrow.
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.