Hi all. Long-time HH / CTPG reader (as in nightly) and lifetime (born 1959) Angel fan here. My favorite memory is of watching (on TV) Nolan Ryan throwing one of his first no-hitters (either #1 or #2 in 73) and running out of the house, down our cul-de-sac street in Cypress towards a friend’s house yelling over and over “RYAN JUST THREW A NO-HITTER”. So yes, mark me an Angel’s geek. This is my first post, please be kind to the novice.
Fast forward to last Saturday night, as I excitedly bought three tickets to Sunday’s game, so that my son (25) , daughter (22) and myself could hopefully witness Shohei Ohtani gain win #10, stolen base #25, and run-scored #100 (and just maybe a no-hitter.) Simply stated, I wanted my kids to be able to say decades from now that they saw Ohtani-san (wa ichiban des) play.
Then this morning, a great friend and fellow Angel devotee, sent me Dylan Hernandez’s article titled “Ohtani makes it clear – Improve Angels or He’s Gone.” Column: Shohei Ohtani makes it clear — improve Angels or he’s gone – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com) To which I wrote the below; please note that I wrote such adhering to the CTPG expectation of ~ don’t just bitch, include a way forward, AND as a proof (and tribute to the Rev’s prescient ability.)
My response was: Thank-you! Hadn’t seen this. On Saturday night, Chad, Naomi, and I decided to go see Ohtani pitch on Sunday afternoon. We found good seats in the MVP Loge. And then watched Shohei dominate over seven innings, save one mistake to Kelenic (who hit a HR.) The stadium was BUZZING, until Ohtani left … and no surprise the Angel’s bullpen coughed-up the game immediately thereafter.
Gotta say it… Ohtani is the clear cut AL MVP.
Back to the article: It validates Victor Rojas’ sentiment (in The Athletic), and strengthens’ Trout’s polite ask of Angel’s executive management (i.e., Kuhl and Carpino) to go all-in on pursuing a championship. Angels Front Office Executives | Los Angeles Angels (mlb.com) (note: remind me some day to recount my chance encounter with Kuhl at a Huntington Beach CoC lunch)
I discussed this with Chad, and came-up with an outrageous “if I was Trout” scenario. Jumping off the Ben Simmon’s debacle over at the Philadelphia 76’s (Simmon’s has decided not to report to training camp) … I imagined, perhaps two years from now (and two more non-playoff seasons) Trout ending his polite / noble approach, and DEMANDING to be traded (i.e., no-trade clause be damned.) (Laughing) Out of fear of what I’d just imagined, I immediately smashed the scenario as one that will never happen (mostly because it is antithetical to Trout’s character.)
However, the Hernandez article suggests that the Angel’s players are increasingly fed-up with the lack of a championship culture at the top of Angel’s executive management. The article also amplifies Maddon’s recent remarks (as a player’s manager he KNOWS the whispers within the clubhouse.)
I am now resonating with: “Moreno might as well sell the team to someone who can (Win).” So the “clock is ticking” remark is so very, very true.
I’ll end with this. Rev Halofan foretold of this over a decade ago. Here is proof: Dennis Kuhl Kicked Upstairs as Angels Media Sleeps – Halos Heaven
The fix is progressively thus: 1) Angel’s exec-mgmt must confess they’ve f—– it up for too long, and then go all-in on win-now (or) 2) Replace Carpino and Kuhl (or) 3) Moreno needs to Sell the Team.
Ok… there is my rant, and hat-tip to the Rev. And I suppose that I’ve used up my f-bomb allocation on day 1. CloneRyanNow is both a tribute to Mr Ryan, and an AMEN! to all of you CTPGers, who for years have suggested fixes to the Angel’s Achilles Heal.
Long live the CTPG.