It's time for us all to make resolutions for the new year. Why? I don't know, it just is. Society demands it. Since I want to fit in with the rest of the crowd, I've got my annual installment of Angel blogger resolutions ready to go! If I can actually stick to these this year, maybe this blog will become a better place.
Or not. I'm pretty sure society also demands that bloggers be irresposible, unaccountable and lazy, so I don't see how making resolutions to better myself really fits in.
Because we are headed to 2012, I've got 12 resolutions. I suspect I will actually adhere to maybe two.
- Buy the MLB TV Premium this year. Not only do I think that the Rojas-Gubicza announcing tandem is underrated, but I have come to realize that most of the other announcing teams in the majors are absolute garbage, especially the team here in Seattle. Got to have that option to pick between the home or away broadcast.
- I'm instituting a self-imposed Tony Reagins joke moratorium. He hasn't been gone long, but I think we've all sufficiently beaten that dead horse already.
- To be more tolerant when reporters and fans of other teams propose ridiculous trades for Peter Bourjos for they know not of their own idiocy.
- For me to lose 20 pounds so that I don't feel like such a hypocrite for making jokes about Prince Fielder being fat, 30 pounds if he signs with the Rangers, just to be safe.
- Re-commit myself to my fantasy baseball leagues. For long-time readers, you'll know that I used to cover fantasy baseball and basketball elsewhere on the internet and was quite the fantasy player in my heyday. The last two or three years though have been rather embarrassing. I was in five leagues last year (that's not the embarrassing part) and the best finish I had was third place. This resolution has nothing to do with the Angels, but dammit, I need to re-establish myself as an elite general manager of pretend baseball teams.
- I also resolve to never talk about my fantasy baseball exploits on this blog ever again. There is literally nothing less interesting than reading about some other guy bitching about his fantasy teams.
- Train myself to stop reflexively typing Aybar as "A-Y-B-E-R". I have no idea why I do that, but one out of every three times I type Aybar, it comes out wrong. It is some sort of weird mental block of unknown origins. This is secretly the reason I am hoping the Angels let him walk after this season.
- This year, I swear, there will be a Monkey With a Podcast. I know I have threatened this before, but this time I really mean it. There will be a MWaH podcast by Opening Day. Mark my words.
- There will be a kinder, gentler Monkey this season. As such, I will do my best to refrain from criticizing Vernon Wells. As far as I am concerned, he has until the end of May to prove he can bounce back. If he hasn't by then though, all bets are off.
- I miss doing my weekly Angels on Twitter post. It never did well traffic-wise, but I enjoyed it, so it is going to make a comeback. Besides, with prolific Twitterer C.J. Wilson in the fold, I think there should be a lot more content. If not, I always have the inane drivel of Chevy Clarke to fallback on.
- Not to be boring and predictable, but my personal goal will be to double the daily traffic to this blog by this time next year.
- This is the year that I officially indoctrinate my daughter into Angel fandom. She's only two and a half, but she is starting to understand things now and even shows an interest in watching sports (in fact, she thinks all sports are baseball). This seems like the right time to make sure she grows up loving the Angels. Now that we live in Seattle, I can't take the chance that she somehow ends up rooting for the Mariners.
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I try to spread the word about MWAH. It is by far the best place for all things Angels on the web. Part of what makes it so entertaining is that you don't hesitate to put players or personnel on blast... so don't change that.
Your daughter will love the Angels. I took my one year old to a few games last season and had the best time. She thought everyone was clapping and cheering for her. It was so funny. I can't wait to take her now that she kind of understands things.
And what about the MWaH iPod/iPad app? Come ON!! And if Boguin wants a resolution they could think about fixing the email notifications I don't receive any more.
A podcast would be fun, especially if KLaw gets that job with the Astros. Damn, I'll miss him even more than the grouchy old guy. I got that Ruhlman's Twenty book for my wife for Christmas that KLaw talked/interviewed about so we can both learn these cooking techniques in better detail. It reads a lot like something Alton Brown would write with all the detailed explanation of the differences of the little things (e.g. butter). Ewwwww, sorry! Wandered into a weird place there.
I feel like I'm in a rare and unusual part of the autism spectrum since I don't get fantasy-ANY-sport. My loss. I guess. Yet the definition of Minute Of Angle sticks in my head. Oh, well.
@rmfalla@tomcoach966 @ No. 1, I would be ALL about a podcast. Shoot, let me know if you need any special guests ehem, maybe I could find one for you. No. 2, I do try to spread the word about this blog. I feel as though I am one of your most loyal readers (I really do try to be) No. 3, I, personally stick to the radio guys when it comes to game calling - especially being out of market. I actually didn't really like Phys & Hud but I at least got used to their level of sucktitude. No. 5, dial me up on the Angels on Twitter business. Always a fan.
Not sure if I would call it a "resolutiuon" but I would invite anyone who would like to help be a part of an "Angels Twitter Family Spring Training Game Day" . I know alot of people come out and that the #Angels family on twitter is growing - just a thought Mr. Monkey.
Thanks for having a blog I like to be a part of - even if I can be sporatic.
@azhalofan I never liked Physioc, was ecstatic that they kicked him to the curb. Rex was fine, but sometimes he was just a bit too much, especially listening to him almost everyday.
Not sure I can make ST this year. I used to go every year, but it isn't just a half day drive for me anymore. Probably only got one trip in me this spring and it will probably be going back to California to visit family. Maybe in 2013.