The September 19th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Pujols misses game to be with new baby, Trout on cover of ESPN Magazine, Wilson nominate for Clemente Award and much more...
The Monkey Says: He'll be back today, reportedly. This is all perfectly fine, but the story broke in a weird way because the cause for his absence seemed to be a surprise to most and the reason for it sounded more like speculation than actual fact. Hopefully there was nothing serious that caused him to have to remain with his family.
The Monkey Says: I find it funny that they put eye black on him even though he never really wears it (or does he? Wait, why can't I picture this? Am I losing my mind? Probably.). The peach fuzz on his chin is a nice touch too to make it seem like he is a little older than he really is. Oh, ESPN.
The Monkey Says: I'm serious when I say this, but this is an upset. Hunter used to be a lock for the nomination, but then I thought it would go to Pujols because he also does a lot of charity work. Yet somehow C.J. pulls the upset.
The Monkey Says: No word on who they are going to work with, but whoever it is, the Halos will almost certainly take over that team's Low-A affiliate. I don't know about you, but I hope they take over the Quad Cities River Bandits because I really want an excuse to buy this hat.
The Monkey Says: It started off way down, but has since recovered to a more acceptable decline. The team is still going to draw 3 million-plus fans, but the slow atrophy of the attendance is cause for concern. Personally, I worry that Angel fans are becoming Braves fans in the day. The team was always competitive but only once cashed in for a championship so fans sort of lost their fervor and they had a hard time even selling out playoff games because the fanbase became so accustomed to them making the playoffs and never doing anything. Sounds familiar, no?
The Monkey Says: That is just stupid. It also won't really help the Angels since they barely even three useful relievers much less 10.
The Monkey Says: I say pick them both up, though I am more bullish on Haren than Santana if they can only pick one. I just think that without knowing for sure that they can re-sign Greinke, the Angels need to make sure they have a filled out rotation because there are precious few options in free agency otherwise.
The Monkey Says: I don't see why he can't do both.
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Maybe Albert didn't want to "win" his contest with Erick Aybar last night: Who will drop below .280 or climb above .300 first?
At least both of the teams mentioned above are in Iowa so I win either way. The River Bandits are on the East Coast, though. Maybe a new West Coast team in Council Bluffs? They could have Bass Pro sponsor it and build the new stadium in their parking lot there. Those guys are willing to remodel any where, any time. Still, that's a BMF-looking coon on that River Bandits cap (Pulp Fiction wallet reference intentional).
The Angels have three useful relievers? On the same night?
Let's not jump ahead on that stage career. He could be as bad as Howie was in the electronics store commercials, which would put him at about Dolph Lundgren level. We'll have to see.