This weekend we remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. A day at the ballpark looking at the flag and singing the National Anthem is a perfect way to do just that.
We’re into that middle ground of the year. The teams that should have exciting summers are starting to show themselves. And the Angels are one of them.
The biggest news this week was off the diamond as the Angels Stadium sale was first revealed to be the subject of a corruption probe then taken off the table. This story is still developing so stay tuned.
With the deal scuttled, what is next for baseball in Anaheim? The LAT also took a stab at answering those questions.
On the field, Mike Trout is back to doing Mike Trout things. Even Joe Maddon is in awe of him.
Off the field, Mike Trout continues to put smiles on faces. The weather nut made his favorite weatherman a really cool retirement video.
Last year Ohtani’s bat was so prolific I think we started looking at him as primarily a hitter. This year the bat has taken a step back, but he’s throwing harder and pitching better than ever.
Just the thought of debating whether the reigning MVP is a better hitter or pitcher is mind boggling. Did you ever think such a debate would be humanly possible? I didn’t.
If you missed my interview with Angels bench coach Mike Gallego, give it a looksie. Mike is the type of guy you could talk to all day.
And don’t sleep on the Dan Good interview. I know Caminiti wasn’t an Angel, but this was a good chat about the Steroid Era in general and how it has some connection to the pain pill era we’re likely in now.
Seems like each week one of the minor league affiliates is posting about a player not even on my radar. A catcher with a good stick? Sign me up.
Friday’s are Apple TV+ games. If you’ve watched them you’ve noticed all their probability numbers for reaching base. Just how good are those numbers?
In case you missed it, the Giants and Mets played an incredible game on Tuesday. The game of the year, thus far. Recap of the insanity here.
Some great longform reading for you here. Brett Phillips is a joy. He loves the game, is great with fans, and really embodies what is so great about baseball.
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol is only 35 years old but leading a team full of seasoned veterans. Yet he has their full trust.
I absolutely love Goodfellas. I’d say it is the greatest film made during my lifetime. Ray Liotta also played Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams. RIP.
Hug your kids tight, enjoy your three day weekend. Please remember it is in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. We should thank the living veterans whenever possible, but we celebrate them on Veterans Day.
Five baseball players gave their lives on the sands of Normandy on D-Day. The world owes them and all of their fellow soldiers a debt we can never repay.