FINAL SCORE IN ANAHEIM: ASTROS 13 – ANGELS 6
Friday night’s embarrassment was demoralizing. To sit in the stands at the stadium must have been miserable. But to watch it on AppleTV+ was simply unbearable.
This broadcast crew mocked Californians as lazy and not “real fans” and then when those fans cheered a deep fly ball that was caught at the track the broadcast crew cackled that they must all be drunk. “Drink a water in between beers folks” said the play by play announcer who talked about the crowd and told stories of other games – everything but announcing the game. Requisite jock Hunter Pence was not an interesting describer of things, talked about people in vague terms, repeating “He” in a story involving two or three people with no indication to which person he was referring s his dull tales dragged on, avoiding the action on the field as much as the boring play by play guy.
A woman was in the booth with these two so that AppleTV+ could show that they are “not sexist” but all she did was breathlessly ask Hunter his opinion on things when she wasn’t asking him to explain various complexities of the game that every fifth grader knows to her. Score one for Progressive Sexism! She trashed the Rally Monkey and the Play By Play guy shut her down quickly, describing its tradition in Anaheim, but of course, in a mocking tone that implied we were not real fans because of this goofy tradition.
The only thing they didn’t belabor was a single mention of the fact that the Houston Astros were cheaters and that owner Jim Crane is an amoral scumwad who is almost certainly financing ways for his team to continue cheating. Did every one of these players illegally juice during the lockout? They are cheaters so probably. Heaven forbid this “Totally Cool With-It Hipster” announcing crew to bring up the historical fact of 2017 (although htey may have as I muted this terrible crew for a lot of the game). To the Apple broadcast’s credit, their graphics were minimal and unobtrusive, if they just kept that minimal theme and piped in the crowd noise with NO announcing it would have been superior.
The Angels looked overmatched at every position compared to the Astros. The Angels looked terrible on defense, and over the first two games, this is one of the worst defenses I have ever seen over my following this team for more than 45 seasons. Starter Reid Detmers looked okay and gave me some hope but everything else here was slow, sloppy and slipping away from contention at a record pace.
Is Kent French gone? Bobby Valentine means well but, I would rather hear from Salmon, Anderson or Grich as they have deeper roots to the team than Bobby. Kent French should be brought back, I like Erica too and she has improved but French has been here for a long time and needs to return.
Bobby “don’t call me Bob Barker” Valentine is awful.
Bobby has deeper roots than Kent Grench. He was traded to the angels in 1973 together with Frank Robinson during prime years . Unfortunately his career was nearly destroyed after a horrific accident when his cleats got caught in the Big A outfield fence . He really was never the same. After that, I think he got the job because of his close relationship with Perry Minasian’s family dating back to his Ranger skipper days.
Let’s blame Hunter Pence & Katie Nolan for losing 13-6
Good Gawd!!!………plus have trash piles in the concourses so the Astros can’t draft or sign better players than us!
I didn’t know the Astros were drafting players in the Angel Stadium concourse
I can’t help it if you’re IQ is under 85
BTW Mike Mayers sucks already……think you can figure that out? This wasn’t that hard to figure out before Thursday.
“You’re IQ” lol
I see you didn’t say anything about Mike Mayers, unbelievable how much you don’t know. Can you tie your own shoe laces yet?
Let’s blame Hunter Pence & Katie Nolan for losing 13-6
Good Gawd!!!………plus have trash piles in the concourses so the Astros can’t draft or sign better players than us!
Please tell me where it says anything about Mike Mayers in this post.
he doubled up on the meds
News flash Twofus. Everyone knows Mike Mayers sucks.
You are little late to the party on that one.
Yes since early last season.
After I said so about Hansel Robles and Ty Buttrey as well. I was never a believer in a one hit one yr Cinderella wonder like him. We should get Joe Smith back too since he was great for us in 2014.
I don’t know why you are on the hit list so much. I don’t understand half of what you post. Like this post for instance as I have no clue who Katie Nolan is or why you post player’s pics with no names. I don’t recognize three fourths of them or their relevance to your post. You do tend to be negative a bit much, but sometimes you hit with some good points. Just the same you are entitled to your opinions but try to be positive a little more.
Google and MS Edge both have a image search feature
How about using it or get your 16 yr old grandson or nephew to help you. Sometimes I need to very mean to other members like you.
Maybe we can use it to find your brain Tooty Toots.
Ah Yes, the sorry ass little personal attack
So CTPG says it’s OK to take the gloves off and make personal attacks.
I’ll be more than easily happy to engage you in trading insults and foul language if you wanna go there.
Your disrespect for the fans here at CTPG and the team are over the top. Please did not bring my family into your relm of disrespect again, just not cool. I will from this point on ignore your comments and I do not feel the need to engage with you any longer. Your thought process in your last line about being mean to other members like me shows your maturity level sadly, good luck to you as you go through life.
CB26 called my parents child abusers before.
Yep he did.
Whats a Gawd?
Yes. I blame Hunter, Katie and Matt “not so” Wise. In that order.
I really wonder where your BP levels are at? The entire notion of following a baseball team is for entertainment.
…….entertainment? I was told it’s a sickness. I’m not entertained.
We’re not talking about Ukraine here, and yet my detractors (Cowboy26) fired the first shot about a game. He’s called me a retard with foul language and my deceased parents child abusers
In the box score there were no errors listed. Why did the defense look so bad then? What happened in the game that brought the “D” the criticism?
The fans I feel for are those at the game last night, yikes. I wonder which fireworks will be better tonight, our line up or after game blast? Good thing about last night’s Angel pitching was they got the Bad Mojo out of their systems all on the same night.
Adell should be taking 100 fly balls out in LF today before anyone show up to the park. No one was more shocked than me that Suzuki had a hot bat last night. Good for him. So, let’s recap, I came down hard on Redone and he became Redon again. Then I was tough on Kurt, and he found hits in last night’s bat. I wonder if I get on Trouty if that will help?
You might want to try. Unfortunately Trout has historically struggled against Verlander.
I have not seen Trouty enough this Spring to push his buttons. He is due to breakout and start hitting fastballs a long way. Verlander used to have 3 different fastballs, tonight we shall see a good matchup between the two. If Verlander throws a FB down the middle on the first pitch Trouty might opt to go after it instead of laying off.
Cishek doing Cishek things….
“Cishek threw an 89-mph fastball that hit Lindor in the face, knocking his helmet right off and sending him straight to the ground. “
We could not get the broadcast and I did not want to sign up for more TV packages that I don’t want to watch. I checked in and read the comments and we were really shocked by all the negative post. Not only were the post anti Apple-TV and anti Apple-TV broadcast crew but one comment feed negativity inti the next about Arte, Angles, Maddon, Trout, Adell, Rojas, Rendon, and Upton who wasn’t even there. I expect Allen and Bradlee to make negative a way of life, but everyone else going off the rails after only 2 games was scary weird really. Frustration was at an all time high.
Good news was that comments were extremely high considering that some could not watch the game. But man oh man, the movie we watched sucked too. Some rich character killed his dog, wife, 2 friends along with his dad, similar to the game comments I guess. Hopefully we have a better game and results tonight.
Owe you an apology. I may have had too much to drink last night and your shiny optimism became the focus of my ire. I think the last 2 years has made me completely adverse to disappointment- and these first two games were really disappointing. That said, I’m glad you are optimistic and I did not mean to challenge that as I did after too much cough syrup! Sorry.
You are always one of the guys here that I love to read and look forward to. You sir owe me nothing. You may be having some tough times right now and you are allowed to your opinions, and I take nothing personal. You are knowledgeable about the team and the sport and just keep posting here.
Kind of you to say. I was disappointed in myself waking up this morning. Thanks for your understanding.
You didn’t do anything that the rest of have not done at some time in our existence, have some coffee and read into the box score some fun stuff like Rojas doing his thing with his hitting. Our pitching was more than a little off, but Detmers wasn’t all that bad. Walsh ate up righties too.
Watching the game made me realize how far the team is away from competing with Houston which is frustrating. All the cheating aside, that is a very good and professional ballclub right out the gate.
By comparison the key Angels are really struggling out the gate. Trout, Ohtani and Rendon all missed mistakes (hanging curveballs and 92 mph fastball’s down the heart of the plate) that should have been hit hard. Houston did not miss.
Weird decisions too – why did Wade bunt in a 1st and 3rd and 1 out situation with the squeeze play not on?
Angels D has been atrocious. By comparison Houston made a textbook play to throw Walsh out at home on a Marsh hit.
Tonight becomes as much about will-to-win as anything else. It’s not going to be easy with Verlander on the mound.
Wow, Walsh by no means a speedster got thrown out at the plate. At least he was hustling though. Good question about the bunt with 1st and 3rd. Maybe because of his speed Joe thought he would put a spark into the offense.
Remember, Verlander coming back from surgery in his late 30’s so he may not be his old self (I hope).
While I am glad we missed the game, I would not have thought that our “D” would have been bad. Why was Trout and Redon replaced so early? Getting them AB’s should have been a good thing.
Game was effectively over when those two were removed. Have to think it’s a ‘long season’ thing.
As for the bunt, I doubt Joe called it or else the squeeze would have been on as well. I think Wade did it on his own – with a runner at 3rd and less than 2 outs.
no no no no no! First rule of CTPG is to never recognize ANY talent on other ballculbs, one must berate and make fun of them with 8-year-old little-leaguer “butt-hole” names. Then imply that any winning team OBVIOUSLY cheats and has stolen their way to years of consistent winning. Only exception to this rule I have ever seen here or at HH is the Cardinals.
Was that for Albert Pujols? Cuz I’m never going to forgive them for not resigning him back in 2011.
Good ole Albert Butthole
Moved down the I 75 to Miami……..for just $
$500K………GOOD GAWD!!! Are there anymore silly moves or non moves to be had?
Perry the copier machine is running low on toner!!! 😆
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Another post where I have no clue what you are trying to say.
Then get one.
Another electrical engineer who can’t change a light bulb alert.
You’ve turned from Captain Hindsight into Captain A$$hole.
Just post a frickin’ name with the pictures, CA.
“Perry the copier machine?”
You never knew his middle name was Xerox?
I guess not!
My wife commandeered AppleTv for her Friday night shows. At some point in the game when it was 12-3 I held up the score on my phone for her to see and having to live with me thru baseball seasons for many years she understood. Her 3 word comment to me was “The pain begins.”
And to think it was only Thursday morning that we were tied for 1st place.
We were also tied for last like we are today
At what point does the tense shift?
We’re wasting Mike Trout’s prime
We’ve wasted Mike Trout’s prime
(PS: I know … it’s early … but just thought I’d toss a cookie to the doom & gloom brigade)
Plus Thor, combined $42M in 2022 team payroll……..WTF Mr Oligarch!!!!
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After witnessing your poor math skills , I’m curious if your reading comprehension level exceeds third grade as well.
You remind of a electrical engineer in my past.
The guy had a college degree and was a whiz……..standing in front of a board with chalk or dry erase marker, however he couldn’t troubleshoot or repair a damm thing to save his own mother’s life. I saw him leave numerous unfinished jobs that had to go to a fat, sweaty, and dirty bearded electrician with probably just a HS diploma or AA from a community college to finish his failed work. The fact is many pundits suck, and you’re one…….
My predictions about this team stand (81-81). This team has way to many holes to even have a winning season over .500, and did you find something else wrong yet?
Man … you’re more optimistic than me???????? Whoa!
Do you always talk about yourself in the third person so much?
But wait until next year!
Great recap! I really wanted to like the broadcast crew when the game started but that ended as poorly as the game. Having a woman who apparently knew nothing about baseball in the booth is not helpful for the women in baseball cause. Ugh. Very little to like about last night.
You would have been the perfect choice for the broadcast.
That’s what baffles me. There are a ton of women in sports that have great knowledge about baseball and want to make this into a career. You’re telling me you couldn’t find anyone better than her to broadcast? Cmon Apple do better.
Hell, they HAD a woman who was knowledgeable. They had Heidi Watney from MLBN, but they decided to waste her on sideline interviews.
Absolutely. Heidi Watney is among the best at what she does. Unless she wants to be by the dugout (which could be the case) why not have her be part of the booth doing color commentating? That would be the easy and obvious choice.
Time for the great man made disasters picture. Update!
But the fourth frame should be the AppleTV broadcast crew.
Rev, your writes ups are a pleasure to read. Straight facts
Predicting the Apple + broadcast would suck would be like predicting the sun will rise in the morning. These niche broadcasts always suck.
Meh. Manage expectations and you won’t be disappointed. I put a 1-161 prediction and so far, I’m the smartest man on the blog …. hehehehe j/k. I love you all even the doom and gloomers.
Oh, but I did predict only 1 win:
1 win. You’re more optimistic than most around these parts
People here need to chill. Yes this was a bad game, but we’re only 2 days in and the first game was a good game. They will get some things figured out on defense and the offense settle in soon.
The problem is that this team has been shit for seven years now, so it’s hard to be optimistic
Two games in, and everyone lost it last night and it feed into the negative regulars, and everyone was unhappy beyond belief. The past has nothing to do with this team winning the division this season with 160 games left. Just go back and read the post from last night’s game, it just is crazy.
Well, it’s pretty much the same mediocre team from last year, except for a supposedly improved bullpen.
What specifically was “crazy” about it ??
why chill when we can all elevate blood pressure and run amok like a bunch of headless poultry?? 😀
and the first game was a good game – I thought in the first game they looked a little overmatched too although a lot of the Angels hard hit balls went directly to an Astro while the Astro’s balls hit were finding holes.
Even though any team can beat any other team on a given day, well my thought was if I was watching the game and knew nothing about the two teams, I would have thought the Astros were the better team on both nights.
We cannot afford to give up 8 run innings.
What is the point of carrying a 10 man bullpen if 4 of your pitchers are crap?
Especially if you’re going to put Halloween and Herget out there to give up 7 runs in 1/3 of an inning….
And I thought Ortega was bad!
Last night’s game was OK or better until at least the halfway mark, then it started blowing up. “Funny” that we thought we have a good pen now, only to see it blow up pitifully like that
I predicted either 75 or 95, and we may still wind up at 75 or better, so that’s that. But what is frustrating is that I figured that, at least, the bullpen would be solid, and it’s been pretty bad. Granted, I remember everyone, myself included, being badly disappointed at the beginning of last season at Iglesias after being very homer happy for a bit, so maybe things can get better, but I still worry that the rotation would/will falter due to lack of durability (why I figured 75 wins would be a likely outcome in the first place…)
The first game was a “good game” ??
I don’t know what game you saw on Opening Day but anybody with an IQ of 100 or higher and just a tad of baseball knowledge could see that was not a “good game” for the Angels.
Good as in competitive until Tepera’s batting practice pitching. Had 7 innings of could go either way.
Rendon’s choking suckage, no offensive production whatsoever until a single run in the 8th, and Adell looking like a Little Leaguer both at the plate and in the field do not equate to “good.”
Lol this what I’m talking about. Just people wanting to focus on the negative. The game was very competitive until Tepera gave up back to back homers in the 8th. Letting up 3 runs against a very good offense is a solid performance. We would win most games where we only let up 3 runs. I’m not worried about the offense. It will get going. I’m worried about the pitching and our primary contributors minus Tepera were very good. Yes, Rendon did hit into 2 double plays, which sucks, but he also missed a go ahead HR by inches and had some awesome defensive plays. You just don’t like him and have made it up your mind he will never be good and only focus on the negative. Honestly, that’s a sad way to be a fan. I no defense for Adell. He needs to figure things out quick or he won’t be up here very long.
RE: people wanting to focus on the negative
As Vernon Wells once said: “maybe it’s just society…”
We will win some games. Someday.
If we can’t beat the Marlins and Rangers next week, it’s time to blow it up
I miss Tame
This is the only true statement on this board…!
Some day can some times be a very long wait.
Who knows, maybe an early embarrassment of a series will force some kind of gear shift.
One thing that is crystal clear though is that this is year 3 of Joe Maddon and our teams STILL cannot play clean defense.
I can handle losing to the Astros out the gate. But if we start shitting the bed against Seattle, Texas etc. I think heads might need to roll.