As I write these links on a beautiful OC Thursday afternoon it occurs to me that I’ve written two, TWO, Weekend Links since the Angels have last won a game. That seems impossible. Yet here we are.
And as I type this Thursday night, that streak is over! And look at the picture above to see the great seats Angels2020Champs had for that game.
Shohei Ohtani might not be from this world. 7 innings of 1 run ball from the mound and this;
One thing I’ve always loved is a good, biting nickname. And Turk’s Teeth coined one this morning. For our glorious manager, I give you: Nickelback Nevin.
It is so fitting for the cocksure, middle aged, former alleged steroid user. He seems like the type of guy who crushes some bicep curls while listening to Nickelback on his iPod before he watches some Blind Date, sprays on some Axe body spray, and heads to the ballpark.
While googling links on Nevin, I came across one for the most hated player for every franchise. He’s apparently the Padres nominee. You should know who the Angels is.
I’m glad I missed Wednesday’s game. Suffering through a loss is one thing. Nickelback is another. Fans just might want refunds for that torture.
This week the Angels medical staff said Trout should be fine. Then they brought up an outfielder. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. The Angels medical staff is always so transparent.
The flip side to bringing up Dillon Thomas is the Angels DFA of Ty Buttrey. I’ve made no secret of my like of Ty as a person and I hope he stays with the franchise. If not, I’ll gladly root for him elsewhere. He’s really a class guy.
Another class guy who has done several interviews with me is Jahmai Jones. He was cut loose by Baltimore and is recovering from Tommy John surgery. I’d love to see him back on a minors deal.
Joe Bart had big shoes to fill. Huge. The greatest catcher in modern MLB history, one of the greatest to ever don the tools of ignorance. He’s struggling and was sent down to AAA.
Angel “Missed Call” Hernandez is claiming MLB manipulated reviews to disadvantage minority umpires, preventing them from becoming crew chiefs and getting post season assignments. Yeah, it is either that or him and CB Bucknor are the two worst umpires in the sport.
That said, the fact I can name about the only two minority umpires is not good. The players on the field are far more diverse than the crew calling the game. Granted, players turn over quickly whereas the Joe Wests of the world clog up umpire spots forever.
Let’s do some smiles. Does it get better than kids at the ballpark being coached by the players they admire?
Much respect to those players. That’s what baseball is really all about.
Did I mention the losing streak is over?
Have some fun this weekend. Watch the Angels. Watch the college regionals. And link what I missed.