Was it just me or did life feel a little better this week? The sounds of bats hitting baseballs, fans cheering, and the baritone of Terry Smith make the perfect backdrop for life. Yes, baseball is finally back.
There were quite a few things to make Angels fans smile this week.
The picture of Mike Trout with his son in the dugout is my personal favorite. I don’t have the rights to post it here, but find it. Nothing better than the love for your child.
How about the 2021 debut of Chris Rodriguez? It impressed me. And it definitely impressed some teammates. Chris traveled quite the road to get to this point and now has two screws in his back. He said pitching in 2019 felt like having a knife in his back. Yikes. If this guy can stay healthy….
In that same “if this guy can stay healthy” conversation is Andrew Heaney, whose new data driven training regimen seems to have paid off. I thought he looked pretty sharp.
And in a little glimpse of the fairly near future, Reid Detmers had a nice little professional debut.
I know to take Spring Training with a huge grain of salt, especially the first week, but I can’t help myself. Come Spring, I get excited.
The changes to the games have annoyed quite a few fans. Games being different lengths each day is bonkers but ending innings after only two outs is asinine. Enter grumpy old man Tony La Russa, who says he’s not going to end innings early.
La Russa should fit in perfectly on the South Side. White Sox fans drink the most in MLB. Anyone who has been near Red Sux or Dodgers fans is in disbelief.
According to the full study, Angels fans out drink all CA teams but the Padres.
Hey Manfred, when Tony La Russa is the voice of reason, you SUCK.
As if we need further proof of how bad Mr. Manfred is at this job: Spring Training has started and there were still discussions about the universal DH and playoff format. And beyond half the league not really knowing how to construct their roster, none of the league knows if players sent to alternate sites last year burned an option.
I realize the union is going out of its way to make life more difficult, but come on. To his credit, Arte Moreno saw this buffoon for what he was years ago and opposed his candidacy for Commissioner.
The Houston Asterisks also suck although I wouldn’t wish injury upon young pitcher Framber Valdez. But his absence along with Justin Verlander’s is creating quite a rotation problem in Houston.
Baseball, football, a city in sports frenzy…murder? Here’s the longform reading for this weekend. I found it by complete happenstance and I’m halfway through it. You might need a second cup of coffee to finish it, but it is amazing.
I’m sure I’ve missed plenty, so link it below. Have a great weekend, watch or listen to some baseball.