I can’t help it. Jim Mora’s meltdown was an epic part of sports culture when I came of age and his expression should be the mantra of all Angels fans right now.
Playoffs?!?! Really? Yes, once again we are talking about the playoffs rather than participating in them.
The Angels now have the longest playoff drought in all of Major League Baseball despite employing the two greatest players of the era and possibly all time.
Yet another layer to Arte’s legacy of abject failure.
For those who want to say “Seattle only got in because they expanded the playoffs,” we had that chance to. They made it, we didn’t.
While we missed the playoffs, we witnessed the greatest individual season in baseball history. Trying to figure out which Ohtani insanity to post here was tough but this is my favorite:
Those are four of the biggest names in baseball and Ohtani outdid them at their best skill. In 2022 Ohtani became the first player to qualify for the leaderboards as both a pitcher and a hitter.
I’m going to save my venom for the MVP voters as that gets closer. For now, let’s just sit back and again enjoy Ohtani. The fact I was able to see this live with my son is something I cherish.
We had some fun at the end, though. And I can’t get enough of this Mike Trout bomb.
And while, yes, it proved to be the run that cost the Angels the game, it was fun seeing great guy Steven Vogt get a home run in his final at bat.
Plus that loss coupled with Cubs and D’backs wins pushed the Angels into the 10th spot for next year’s draft. It is a lottery next year so we could move up or back. We’re the Angels, though, so we know which way it will be.
Here’s your longform read for the weekend. It centers on Joe Maddon and the Angels but touches on the greater culture war between front offices and field managers.
It expands on the news that Joe Maddon claims the front office tried to get him to pull Mike Trout mid game.
I can’t confirm this, but I did hear Mirriam-Webster is putting an Angels logo next to the word “dysfunction” next year.
Back to the topic at hand. The MLB Playoffs kick off today. Here is the bracket and how to watch all the madness. I hope you all have a good cable or satellite package because they are spread out.
I know I’m missing a lot. Some of that is because there’s so much to unpack and it will be a long off season so I’m holding onto things until after the playoffs. But if you feel I’ve missed anything important or timely, please link below.
Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be with family. Four generations tuned into the playoffs. Well, as much as my preschooler can be tuned into anything ha ha.