The Angels did it all in San Francisco tonight, and you cannot convince me it isn’t because of one man. Some outside the know might point to Andrew Heaney, Anthony Rendon, a shift in approach, or even just luck, but every single person with anything more than a passing interest in the team knows that the return of Max Stassi brought the boys’ groove back.
Stassi was masterful behind the plate tonight, purposefully crafting Andrew Heaney into the god we all know he can be made to look to be. He called a freaking GAME out there, pulled pitches in the zone, and kept batters off-balance through the lefty that suddenly pitched deep into the game and looked like an actual guy.
Of course, the confidence that Massive Stassi instilled in Andrew went a long way toward kickstarting the Halo offense. Max grounded out in the third to make sure his battery partner would have a real show and then smacked a single to opposite field vicariously through Heandog to begin a rally.
With Andy basically pinch running for our protagonist, David Fletcher and Justin Upton took two consecutive bases on balls when Alex Wood couldn’t stand the heat of Stassi’s glare. Oracle Park must have been absolutely steaming at that point, because he then threw wild and surrendered a two-run single to Anthony Rendon, putting the game firmly out of reach.
Don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking that we were at Maximum capStassity(???) in the run department yet though, because the man with the plan himself came up to bat in the following inning with a booming RBI double off the wall in right before Tony Two-Bags drove in another three runs.
At some point, the Giants did something or whatever. Big Mac is a real sadist for giving Bay Area fans the slightest glimmer of hope before wrenching it back with glee. The Angels won 8-1, but most importantly, the fans won tonight. Because Max Stassi has returned, baby, and the rest of baseball doesn’t stand a freaking chance anymore.
Stassi called a good game but the adulations are a bit over the top. Let’s disperse the credit to Hean-dog and the ever fickle yet potent offense (last night) as well.
Got to admit that stassi is the best of our catching options and we tend to play better with him in.
Sure, he needs to start over Bemboom and Suzuki 90% of the time.
I was getting the sense that the over-the-top adulations were tongue-in-cheek. 😄
I was too (thinking over the top).
I guess what isn’t a joke is stassi being better than butera, kruger, suzuki and bemboom.
With that said it’s not like we have a top 10 catcher in any one of the above options:
Stassi is in that 11-15 range though. He’s really, really valuable.
That’s because I made it pretty obvious.
I fell into the chasm of the sar. 🙁
Picked the seriously wrong night to be out of town. Max has sure turned it around since he first came over in 2019. Nice performance all around!
Nice win. Stassi baby!!! Halos have a good a projected pitching lineup vs Seattle. Note that Sandoval is starting for Quintana. So take 3 out of 4 some Seattle and now you have something brewing. There’s a chance.
Desperately need 3.5 wins over Seattle in the worst way. Have the horses to do it: Canning Ohtani Cobb Sandoval.
Absolutely cannot split the series.
The secret police arrested the Giants.
Bless you, fellow Cold Warrior.
He is the “Minister for State Security”
Max is obviously the backbone of this team.
A baseball team without leaders is like a foot without a big toe. And Arte isn’t always gonna be here to be that big toe for us. I think that we owe a big round of applause to our newest, bestest buddy, and big toe… Max Stassi
Well, OK hot shot.
Thiiiiiis close to falling to 10 games under .500 but instead they rallied for a split and are only 5 under. Also .500 since Trout has been out. This team will do enough to hang around sub-.500 until the ASB before Trout comes back and they fall to 10 games under by Aug 1.
Rec’d for Maximum capStassity. Kudos to the club for scoring in more than one inning. 3-3 road trip, this is fine.
This GIF sums up the fact that I cannot read lips. Without the caption, I never would have guessed what he said.
USC is sending their graduates out into the world unable to read lips? Pffft.
Fixed it for you..
USC is sending their graduates out into the world unable to read
That’s OK… they came into USC unable to read…
Can they spell USC?
Ya’ll are brutal
Stassi is the key to all of this
This is all Stassi.
Stassi was good, but we would be nothing without Max!
Smart or Headroom?