When you frequently engage in baseball discussion online, you come across some pretty fascinating debates.
One debate that has been discussed is choosing a three-year stretch to relive as an Angels fan: the 2007-2009 span or the 2017-2019 span? At first glance, I easily chose 2007-2009, citing the team success being more exciting and fulfilling than watching one historic individual on bad teams. But the argument is more difficult than you’d imagine and many others I talked with chose the latter option.
I decided to take this one step further and change the timeframes to 2004-2009 or 2014-2019. This debate becomes much more interesting. In option 1, the Angels were regular-season juggernauts but experienced major playoff heartbreak. In the latter option, the Angels had one playoff appearance, less playoff heartbreak, and a historic run from Mike Trout.
That leads me here today. I wanted to see what the CtPG faithful said about these two scenarios and which option they’d prefer. Below is a list of some pros and cons of both scenarios, further illustrating why both options have their appeals.
- 94.5 wins per season
- Five AL West titles
- Two ALDS series wins (’05 Yankees and ’09 Red Sox)
- Five playoff series defeats
- Pure heartbreak
- No Mike Trout
- One playoff appearance (2014)
- Six years of Mike Trout greatness (three MVPs)
- Two other generational talents (Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons)
- Literally a middling .500 team (81.5 wins per season)
- Top 10 payroll+Mike Trout=middling results
- Playoff-less Trout
If I had to choose between the two options, I’d lean towards the first scenario. As much as I appreciate Mike Trout’s annual historical greatness, the consistent disappointment and non-competitive baseball from the whole team has been disheartening. I can see the appeal to both options, however.
What say you, CtPG faithful? Leave your comments below and we can continue the dialogue here.