Earlier this spring the dog I had loved for fifteen years passed away.
And the bees are dying. And the manatees are dying. And the polar bears and salmon and coral reefs are dying. And housing is unaffordable. And the homeless crisis. And the opioid crisis. And the refugee crisis. And Oregon is on fire. And the massive drought. And the stupid mega-billionaires and their vanity flights into space when this money they don’t need could have bought vaccines for all the third world countries that are struggling with COVID.
And all I can do to take my mind off of this avalanche of spirit-crushing sadnesses is to watch Angel baseball, so Minasian and Moreno better do whatever they can to lift my spirits.
And by lifting my spirits, I’m talking about doing whatever it takes to be the highest bidder and steal German Marquez away from the Rockies if owner Dick Monfort wakes up and decides that selling Marquez is one of the keys to preventing the foul stench that the guaranteed pile of losing records in his franchise’s future is going to produce.
If acquired, Marquez would challenge Shohei Ohtani to be the best Angel starting pitcher since the glory days of Jered Weaver’s prime because he wouldn’t just be a rental — he would be locked-in with the Angels until the end of the 2023 season, when his contract expires. Marquez is a front line pitcher. He never gets hurt. He is the only hope that Princess Leia was begging for.
Offer the Rockies every Angel currently on the 40-man roster whose contract is going to expire in the next two years. Give them Jo Adell. Give them some of the pitchers Minasian just drafted. Give them Bitcoins and lifetime passes for Disneyland that are good even on blackout days. Just get Marquez into an Angel uniform this summer.
Angel playoff baseball in 2023 has to be the target the front office’s laser should be focused on. With the fantastic core of position players the Angels already possess, the addition of a quality free agent pitcher and shortstop over the next two off-seasons that would require Mr. Moreno to break the fever of his salary cap delusions, the maturation of some of the young pitchers in the Angel system into pitchers who can deliver a significant positive impact either as a starter or reliever, and the addition of Marquez at or near the top of the rotation, an Angel team would have been created with the power to beat the Astros and A’s into submission and march into the post-season with a mandate to win, baby, win.
So you better lift me up, Buttercup. I’m depending on you.