This fit just felt right.
After a hiatus from writing, blogging, tweeting, podcasting and talking about Angels Baseball during the 2019 season, I’ve decided to join the talented team at Crashing the Pearly Gates. After spending some time with the core of this team back at Halos Heaven, I was not only happy to see the team make a successful transition to CPG but also have the chance to join this team again.
For those that are not familiar with me, I’m an Anaheim native who grew up immersed in the most successful era of the Angels franchise in the 2000s. Given that I was a mere 20-minute drive from The Big A, the attraction was obvious and I have not looked back since I started attending games at the beginning of this century. For the majority of my life, I have lived and died by the Angels, allocating countless hours to watching games, evaluating games, writing about the games or posting Mike Trout fun facts. Basically, I’m an Angels nerd and a full-blown fanatic of baseball in general.
My experience with the Angels and blogging dates back to 2014, the year I co-founded the Angels blog 80 Grade Halos (RIP) and was an administrator for the fan group Halo Hooligans. During this time, I developed countless relationships with people through the site, through the group, and through social media platforms. After a few stints at other blogs during the 2017 season, I was fortunate enough to write for The Athletic in 2018, covering the Los Angeles Angels as a staff writer. These experiences not only helped me grow within the field but also furthered my passion for the game of baseball and the Angels.
2019 provided major changes for me, including relocation up to the Bay Area to complete my undergraduate degree and an internship with the San Francisco Giants. These changes were enough in itself but were further compounded by the fact that, for the first time in over a decade, I was not fully immersed in Angels Baseball. These changes were much-needed, growth-building moments in my life but being detached from the Angels was unusual, to say the least.
All of this leads me back here today. With college wrapping up for me in the coming months and uncertainty surrounding future jobs, I wanted to get back to something that I’m truly passionate about. I’m not only excited to be talking Angels Baseball again but I’m also pumped to be joining this talented team. We’re in the very early stages of this process but I have no doubt that great things are ahead for this site.
Spring Training is here, the Angels are back and I’m incredibly excited to be back in business. Can’t wait for what’s in store for the 2020 season, Angels fans.
Thank you for donating your time and I look forward to reading your articles!
Welcome back Brent! Angels baseball AND you are just about to graduate from college. These are exciting times for you. I hope you plan on taking over for Carpino.
Welcome back! Looking forward to reading your articles.
Great to have you back in the fold, Brent. Things just keep getting better and better!
Cool to have you back. The new team is getting stronger and stronger!
Welcome back and just in time for that new blog smell, too!
Look at CtPG, stealing people from the Athletic. /s
You left out the most important piece of info…In N Out or Five Guys?
He grew up in OC … gotta be In-N-Out.
Great to have you on-board B-Mags! Welcome!
Trust, but verify. 😂
In-N-Out and it’s not even close
I heard it was Angelo’s Burgers.
Not b/c of all the Angels signage, but b/c of the rollerskates