For most of us, today is our Friday. I truly hope this holiday season finds you happy, healthy, and safe. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus. Whatever your gig, enjoy it.
Nothing says holidays like the giving of gifts. ‘Tis the season of giving and that’s the theme of this weekend links. I’m going to highlight the work the Angels franchise and players do in the community, giving back some of what they are so blessed to have, making differences in lives.
Recently I met a family whose daughter is attending the University of Washington and having the entire tab picked up by the Angels Scholars Program. To say this has changed her life would be an understatement and I have a full length article on the family in the works.
The Scholarship Program is part of the overall Angels Baseball Foundation which gives grants to local charities and sends players to CHOC and public schools. Those videos of players visiting the sick children at CHOC get me every time.
That picture above of Jim Abbott and this fortunate writer was taken at last year’s Orange County Youth Sports Foundation banquet. This group does an amazing job of changing kids lives through the power of sports and scholarships.
Several Angels players have causes they are passionate about, many due to close personal ties.
I honor of their daughter, the Albert Pujols Family Foundation does an amazing job at improving the lives affected by Down’s Syndrome as well as people in his native Dominican Republic.
After losing his best friend/brother-in-law to suicide, Mike Trout is raising awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
David Fletcher works with Summer Harvest helping keep food on families tables and spent last week handing out food in OC.
Jahmai Jones and his brothers are involved with the Lisa Foundation for brain aneurysms because that’s how they lost their father. A truly incredible way to turn heartache into meaningful change. (Note, just wrapped up a Zoom chat with Jam and will post it soon).
Another youngster with tremendous character, Jo Adell established the Jo Adell Foundation as a minor leaguer. Watch his introductory video and add yet another name to your favorite player list.
Victor Rojas supports military personnel, veterans and their families through his Big Fly Brigade program.
This is far from a comprehensive list as many other players are involved in many other causes. Ty Buttrey, for example, is at many charity functions and is setting up his own foundation. I have a Zoom chat set up with him after the holidays.
So if you have the ability to contribute to any of these causes, feel free. If you need any of the services provided by these organizations, I hope the links help.
And if there’s a cause you are passionate about, let us know in the comments below. Me, my Mom runs Toys for Tigers which distributes Christmas toys to kids back home and works with a church to hand out food baskets.
No longform piece this week, but enjoy this documentary piece on Roberto Clemente, who gave his life helping earthquake victims. Each year MLB teams nominate a player who gives back for the Roberto Clemente Award for exemplifying great character.
As far as hard baseball news, there wasn’t much this week, definitely not Angels related.
Former Angel Matt Andriese signed with Boston. He’s basically guaranteed his projected arbitration salary from the Angels but has the carrot of an option year and incentives that could drive his take close to $7 million.
The “Cuban Ohtani”, 22 year old Oscar Colas, was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball. This comes after a year of destroying the Japanese minor leagues and an ugly contract dispute which ultimately led to his being released.
Are GM’s getting younger or am I getting old? Yes. Sam Fuld is now the GM in Philly. Not too long ago he made an incredible catch as a member of the Cubs.
And definitely jump in with your favorite Jered Weaver moments and memories.
In the meantime, please be safe and warm. And feel free to laugh at the dorky look on my face. I’d just met my two childhood baseball heroes, Abbot and Wally. Acting cool was not in the cards.
Run Forrest run. So Forrest Gump is with Tim Mead…..funny stuff
Snell to Pads pending medical review. Funny if his arm blows up too.
A 4 player package. Patino looks like he’ll be pretty good. I’m looking for more info on the others to see if we could have come up with a comparable offer.
The answer is no. No we couldn’t. Wilcox alone probably would have been our top pitching prospect.
Great picture with you and Abbot Jeff.
I met him several years back coming out of a game at Staples Center.
He was and is, awesome. Quite an inspiration to many people.
Well I checked under the Halos Christmas Tree and all Christmas morning brought was a lump of coal. But apparently Santa just flew by our chimney and we got a lump of something. So here it is Saturday morning and since I plum forgot to check the stocking hung by the door to Arte’s office I thought I would check that stocking and still found Nuttin’. No Bauer or Tananka. no Bauer and Tananka, and so I took the stocking down and packed it away until next year.
So each team is waiting on making the big splash into Free Agency. The Yankees not signing their second baseman, the Twinkies not signing their DH and the list goes on. The Covid Virus has complicated the whole sport as who the heck is in the know of how this will turn out, but with that said I would rather be on the inside looking out and have filled in the gaps in the pitching staff rather than not.
After giving this whole thing some thinkin’ over I have come up with this by all by myself and have made a decision that is we should sign Bauer and Tananka and Hendricks and trade for Lindor and just go and win the whole darn thing and then win it again and again and …..well you get the picture. It would be a nice run as tickets become more difficult to obtain and we just get giddy about winning for 3 or 4 years in a row. Along with being able to dream of winning we would be winning just show up the Asstros.
The Albert deal. This works only if the National League goes for the DH. That is trade Albert to the Cardinals and they get to pay one million dollars to him and we pick up the tab on the rest and add a roster spot. Then JUp and Ohtani share DH duties.Then in 2022 we clear out almost 30 mil off the books and Albert goes home to finish out his career.
OK so I’m not Arte but I still know how to bring the pennants to the Big A. And along the way I would trade Adell and keep Marsh as I believe that Adell is snake bit similar to how Willie Crawford was in the 70’s in that all the talent in the world but just can’t put it all together. That is all folks and away we go……
So you caved in to the Dipoto/Dombrowski monster ( trade everything we have……which ain’t much BTW! and sign everybody ).
That would cripple our already nonexistent farm system till the 2030’s ( at least Boston has a vastly superior and well funded scouting & player development infrastructure and can recover in 2 or 3 years )……we can’t do that. Who else has a salary dump player who we can have for a song and dance? No more J-Ups and Pujols Plz!!! 😠 😫
Merry Christmas to all! And now to tell you my Christmas dream…an actual dream that I had sometime in the night…and the best gift would be if it could come true.
The last game of the season, the Angels down by a run in the 9th, runner/s on base (not clear how many), two outs and Trout up. An out and our season is over. I couldn’t look because as great as Mikey is I just don’t recall many clutch hits and this was the clutchest situation. Score two runs and we’re in the playoffs. So, too nervous to deal with it, I turned away.
The next thing I remember in this dream was reading a newspaper (!) with the article about how Trout came through. Did he single in two? Did he homer? I don’t know! But two runs scored. A true comeback story. We’d been down in the game, clawed our way back, then won in our last chance. And even wilder, the article said, we ended up winning 18 of the last 19 to pull off this miracle. Apparently it was a 160 game season because our record was 89-71.
The little details that made it super fascinating to me included the pitching matchups for Game One vs the Yankees (on a Wednesday). I didn’t see who would be pitching, just the thing in the paper that had names and then the pitchers’ W-L and ERA in parentheses. And how disappointed the Rangers (!) were because Texas was the team we caught and passed on that last day of the 2021 season.
Well it was a dream and I know that dreams are manifestations of the dreamer’s psyche so maybe it wasn’t seeing into the future but man, did I feel good when I woke up!
I know this has been an exceptionally shitty year for all of us. I mean, only 60 games? WTF.
But I do hope you all find some joy and have a Merry Christmas!
Maybe we will wake up to a few arms under the tree!
A few arms under the tree? Who did these arms fall off of?
I’m thinking we caught Bauer and Tanaka in a dark alley and took theirs, and then they’ll be transplanted onto guys we already have.
It’s a Christmas miracle!
Just our luck, Bauers arm will come without Pine Tar…
We would take their two left arms
Better put an order in for some left handed baseballs.
Merry Christmas to all! Thank you for this wonderful site. Appreciate all you Halo fans!!
Santa, please bring an ace and a No. 2 starter. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas, everyone!!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!
Merry Christmas (or God Jul, as they say here) to everyone!!!
I’m not a particularly Christmasy person- my mom and sisters got in the holiday spirit around freaking Labor Day and it kind of permanently burned it out of me. This year is different. Our web of human contact is so constrained. All of you, Halos Heaven lifers, newbies, our incredible admins, everybody on this site, have a good Christmas and keep things safe. I want to see all of us at our beloved stadium when we can congregate again. All the best from my cold and cloudy desert hideout!
Come up the hill to BBL and you’ll find cold, but darn there is no snow until Monday. Merry Christmas my friend.
Wishing everyone at CTPG a safe and healthy holiday season!
Thank you to everyone associated with this fun zone for the laughs, great Angels baseball articles, and especially to those who run it for giving their valuable time, energy and talents so we can enjoy.
Dateline NORAD Command Center Heading for New Zealand as of this Moment, stay tuned for updates on that Red Sleigh………
Abbott is a great guy. My kids went to the same school as his and he was always giving of his time and energy for the benefit of the school and the students. A true quality individual.
Definitely a great guy. I’d met him briefly on his book tour but this time it was far more social and I hit to just hang out with him.
My son shares his birthday.
Favorite Weaver moment was seeing the reaction, and pride, of his father when he pitched his no-no. The story about how Dad never got anything to eat until Weav had exited the game was a lot of fun, especially in that context.
My favorite as well. In fact, the moment when any pitcher completes a no-no is the most pure moment in baseball to my mind. That instant of pure emotion is priceless after the game-long buildup. I remember Ervin’s moment the same way.
As of 6am this Christmas Eve NORAD has no sign just yet. And all I wanted was a Bauer as I hope he fits in the big Santa Bag that the elves magically filled with Baseball Players for the Halos, because I was good this year.
With lockdowns and stay at home orders how could I have been bad. right?
I’m drinking Whiskey Bauers this evening
Folks from the heart Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to all. If it were not for all of you giving your all this site would not exist and we could never converse about our team. I love all of you for being here all the time. So again Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you.