Time for Free For All Friday, a time to talk about all the Angels-related topics that slipped through the cracks this week, as well as any other totally unrelated topic you feel like bringing up.
Here are a few topics for you to discuss amongst yourselves:
- I fully planned this week to write some brilliant proposal for a perfect trade that the Angels could make to clear a starting spot for Mike Trout for the rest of the season. But as hard as I thought about it, I just could not find a deal that the Halos could actually pull off and still come away just as good (or better) as they were before. What bothers me about that is that the Angels will still have pretty much the same problem this off-season, though they should have more options then. What doesn't bother me about that is that I don't think Trout is ready to be a regular in the bigs right now, so the logjam in front of him will force him back down to the minors for the rest of the season, where he belongs.
- Can someone explain to me how technology has become so advanced that I can pretty much launch satellites with my phone but vending machines still can't accept my dollar bill if it has the slightest crease in it? Why do I feel like this is still going to be a problem long after we all travel around via jetpacks and flying cars?
- You know, I was on the fence about a potential deal for Aramis Ramirez, something people have suggested all season long. But when the Mark Saxon impersonator pulled off the hoax saying the Angels had trade for Aramis, before we all go word that it was actually a hoax, my deep-down real world reaction ended up being a positive one, so I guess my subconscious must've signed off on the deal somewhere along the way without telling me. Too bad Ramirez is too expensive (this year and next, his 2012 option vests if he gets dealt) and unlikely to waive his no-trade clause.
- So, one weird observation I've had since moving to Seattle is that the company that makes all the port-a-potties is called Honey Bucket, so there are all these portable toilets that say Honey Bucket all over the place. Whenever I see the "Honey Buckets" I always imagine that some bear is going to find its way into the city and see this giant thing that says "Honey Bucket" (because, in my imagination, bears are literate) and get all excited that he just found the mother lode of sweet, sweet honey only to discover how horribly misleading that sign was and immediately go on a rampage. Hmmm, maybe I just shared too much?
- Mayber this makes me "not a true fan" but I really enjoy the All-Star break, especially this year. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE baseball, but even I need a break sometimes, especially since I started this blog and started working for Bloguin too. It isn't just a break for the players, it is a break for hardcore fans like me. A nice little three-day baseball detox every few months is exactly what I needed.
Or just feel free to bring up a topic of your own. I don't really care (as long as you keep it clean) because it's Friday.