Dylan Bundy will start the season opener again this year. The Angels 2021 season starts later today when they will face the White Sox at home. Tune in at 7:10 PM Pacific time. Due to an easing of the lockdown, more Angels tickets might be available, if it’s not already too late to snap them up. If you wish to attend in person, there are a few new rules.
Aaron Slegers got that last bullpen spot for the Angels, and apparently Cishek looked “crispy.” Chris Rodriguez was so overwhelmed to make the team that he can’t remember most of what Joe Maddon said in that meeting. The Angels grade out pretty well at center field, third base and designated hitter. It’s all those other positions that have us on the edge of our seats. It looks like somebody finally found a comp for Pujols on the base paths. Speaking of Albert Pujols, here is a discussion of some of the career milestones Albert Pujols might reach this year (along with discussions of some other players who may achieve milestones of their own).
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Umpire Angel Hernandez lost his discrimination lawsuit against Major League Baseball on a summary judgment motion. Oops! The Nationals are having COVID issues. One player tested positive and five others are required to quarantine because they were contacts.
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi
We’re in Vegas celebrating vaccinations and spending our stimulus money. Yay Fletcher and go Halos!
So happy to see baseball starting again, and with actual fans in the stands. And at 33% capacity, it will be a nostalgic experience, reminiscent of the Nineties.
pretty funny. something like that would catapult us into a 5 game losing steak. I’m sure the dodgers just homered the next AB.
why are they still doing the runner on 2b to start the 10th? f#$%^& you, Manfred! This is a 162 game season with professional baseball players, not t-ball.
Totally agree Eric. This is simply ridiculous.
Will we even be playing 9 inning games? 🤷🏼♀️
If the Angels win, will Joe Maddon take the team to Dairy Queen for a postgame soft serve cone?
Right? That’s an incentive 😂
I tuned into TOR v NYY just because I saw a runner was on 2nd with no outs in the 10th. Forgot the rule so it had the desired effect and made me watch.
Hooray for Fletcher!
Unfortunately, I foresee another poor start to a season for the Halos. I think the White Sox will take three out of four and then we’ll split with the Astros.
After a disappointing 2-4 home stand we’ll already be talking about another poor April and looking forward to 2022.
Why so pessimistic?! Sheesh. Btw, you’re totally right on. I’d like to add a starter leaving a game with a “strain”.
OR we’re gonna go 4-2 and you owe us all an apology for trying to kill the Opening Day buzz. Save the gloom for Day 2.
As long as Trouty stay’s healthy we will win our division and go on to the WS.
Atlanta win National League East.
Cards win National League Central.
Dodgers win National West.
Wild Cards NY Mets, SD Padres.
Toronto Blue Jays win American League East.
White Sox win American League Central.
Angels win American League.
Wild Cards Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees,
No love for the Rays?
So Grandpa – if your key is Trout and only Trout- are you expecting a 40 WAR season from him? 🤣
Happy Opening Day!!!!
Should be a national holiday.
Almost makes me want to become a single issue voter.
It’s a single issue that would unite a fragmented electorate.
Let’s start small. Let’s be over .500 after tonight! Go, Halos!
Ahh the feeling of optimism and excitement when a new season begins.. I am so pumped to watch some Angles baseball and I think that we can all agree that we should have an entertaining team.
The journey to 100 regular season wins starts with the first victory. Let’s get it tonight!!
These 100 wins are achieved over how many seasons?
One but that includes post season wins
Just pointing out you can’t get to 100 without 1 😃
Speaking of milestones, I’m excited to see Trout become the all-time Angel leader in a couple more categories this year. The first team list he conquered was for career home runs, overtaking Tim Salmon’s 299.
This year Trout should become the Angel team leader in intentional walks (Vlad is #1 with 112 free passes and Trout is just eight behind him with 104).
Trout should also be able this year to score the 81 runs it would take him to pass GA (1024) as the franchise leader in runs scored.
Wonder how many tickets are left to buy for this series. Lots of pods of 4 or more that I’m sure aren’t bought up.
Good links today. So excited for the day and tonight!! Let’s go
BOS/BAL rained out, NYM/WSH PPD due to COVID.
Matty V was supposed to be on the latter of those games for ESPN. Maybe he can call the Halos game now, lol. Happy Opening Day, folks. Win or lose, it’s so awesome to have baseball back.
I would prefer to have guys who are actually at the stadium, but maybe he can make it back! I’ve just noticed that calling a game when you’re not actually there is not that great
Hahahaha, Angel Hernandez was just basically told that he didn’t get to work the prime games and be a crew chief because he sucks at his job and has no situational leadership skills. 99% of baseball fans came to this same realization years ago. Now he can safely be weened out of MLB umpiring and into the minors, or better yet, the independent leagues.
I’m pretty sure the contract with the umpire’s union will protect his job and prevent his demotion to the minors.
Yep. The union cares about seniority not performance.
And, really, is Hernandez much worse than CB Bucknor, Joe West, Doug Eddings, and the rest of the dinosaurs?
That union really needs to change or go.
Robo Umps, no need for Hernandez, West, Eddings, and Bucknor. They can enjoy their early forced retirement.
Got the day off, bought peanuts, m&ms, licorice and ice cream sandwiches. Gonna grill some burgers and hot dogs tonight. Having a few vaxxed friends coming over to watch the game…
Can’t be at the game, but got the next best thing! Let’s do this!
This sounds amazing. Just charge your friends $8.50 a beer and it is like you’re at the game.
Just reminded me of when one of my friends took out a lounge in the dorm, bought Mayweather-McGregor, and charged like $10 a head. Made a few hundred bucks that night.
Don’t forget to get up from your seat every half-inning to get more food and drink. Make sure everyone has to stand up so you can get past them.
Carrying food back to your seats, trying not to trip on a step. Except replace the steps with dogs.
Now I wanna put a “Parking $10” sign on the lawn.
Thats a bargain!
this brings up memories of me parking across the street at Katella and thinking that lot I found was a steal at $15.
Stadium parking used to be $8 IIRC
I just paid $20.00 for the 16th. everything, including parking has to be paid via the Ballpark app. They forced me to download yet another app on my phone.
Parking at the Big A is $20 now? Geez.
I always look for street parking south of Orangewood.
Yeah, I used to have access to a parking lot on Rampart st. but the structural engineering firm moved out to Monrovia.
In the 1970s it was 75 cents. When Autry signed the first three free agents, it rose to $1.
And we had to park uphill in the snow. Both ways!
Git off much lawn!
Exactly. We used to park at Nationals bar and grill and walk to the stadium to save $8. Then walk back after the game and throw back a few there while having conversations like “ why did we sign Gary Gaetti so late in his career?”
That’s awesome. Enjoy.
I’m conveniently working from home today. Shocker, right?
That’s an absolute head scratcher!
Love your combo; “peanuts, m&m’s licorice and ice cream sandwiches.”
Great – Angel Hernandez pissed off at MLB should make him an even more effective umpire…..
Playing Baseball on a day like this is a beautiful sight as we all can hear Ernie Banks say let’s play two. have a fun time watching the Halo’s play and I’ll see you later.