Hopefully some of you are heading to the Big A tonight to watch the Angels home opener of the 2023 season. I love the pageantry of opening night: the huge flag, the team introductions, the flyover.
Thankfully the Angels won’t make the same mistake as the Brewers with their fllyover.
Fans in Anaheim will be able to see a flyover tonight and see Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Have fun at the Big A. I’ll be stepping up from assistant to head coach for my son’s tee ball game. Organized chaos at its best and easily the most fun I’ve ever had. I love the home opener, but I love this even more. I’ll catch the Angels game when I take my son and some teammates out to pizza after our game.
What happened in the last week? The Angels went 4 and 2, Ohtani had a really heartfelt moment with Ichiro, and Mike Trout looks like Mike Trout again. Yes, I linked it but I love this picture so much I have to post it.
Winning two division series has inched the Angels playoff odds to right at 50/50. I still think we end the year with a much better bullpen than we started with. Hopefully before the current bullpen sinks us.
The minor league baseball season is getting underway. Here’s where you can see the Angels top 30 prospects as they climb the ranks.
From around the league:
It is early, but so far the new rules are producing exactly what I hoped for: young, fast teams are benefitting the most. This is looking like the game my dad loved and passed down to me.
Taking a look at the game times on Opening Day, the pitch clock is cutting out a whole lot of nothing. We’re talking about half an hour per game of batting glove and crotch adjustments while everybody else just stands around.
Fernando Tatis Jr. was roasted for being a cheater by a AAA pitcher. Where was this venom for the much larger cheater David Ortiz?
If we had a pool on the first player to be rung up and ejected on a pitch clock violation, I think Manny Machado would’ve been a popular pick. That’s exactly what happened Wednesday. Looks to me like he tried to casually call time out at the last second. The ump isn’t obligated to give it to him, but could hve.
Are we holding on to antiquated stats and ways of looking at things? Yes. Should strikeout percentage be used in lieu of K/9? I’d say also yes.
Enjoy the weekend with your family. We celebrate Easter so I’ll wish you a happy one. Get out to the Big A and enjoy some time at the ballpark.