I changed my mind, I'm now glad that this game wasn't broadcast in my area. I had almost forgotten that the Angel offense has some sort of moral issue with providing run support to Dan Haren.
Welcome to Free For All Friday, the one time per week where this all-Angels, all the time blog takes a brief break to discuss things unrelated to the Halos. Why, you ask? Why not? That's why. I know all you commenters have a lot of burning baseball and non-baseball issues on your mind, so take advantage of this freedom and comment your little heart out.
Discuss whatever you want, just don't copy Mel and start dropping Anit-Semitic slurs.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1-0) @ Kansas City Royals (0-1)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Dan Haren (0-0, -.-- ERA) KC – Jeff Francis (0-0, -.-- ERA)
Game Info: 5:10 PM PT TV-KCOP; Radio-ESPN Radio, KLAA 830 AM
After getting stuck at work during the season opener yesterday, I couldn't have been more excited for today's game. All is well in the world, right? Wrong. Turns out the baseball gods had a little April Fool's joke planned for me.
With the 2011 season just days away, many Angel fans anxiously await this offseasons most asked questions to be answered. We all wonder if our team will be able to pull through and finally prove every "expert" analyst in baseball wrong. The key players in this coming season won't be players like Weaver or Hunter, who have carried the team in the past. This year, the most important players will be the 4 rookies going into their first full season of Angels baseball. If these rookies can show what they are made of not only will they be the tape that holds the team together, they will be the rocket that propels the Angels to the next level.
Note: Conger doesn't look to figure into the Angels plans for the season, most likey going to go down once Downs or Pineiro come back, so I'm leaving him off this list. He'll most likely play as a reserve for the first few weeks of the season and again once September call-ups roll around.
Sorry you won't be joining us for the entire 2011 season, I fully expect a 2012 full of Hank Conger.
An April Fool's day edition of Daily Links for the LA Angels including Downs and Morales progressing towards rehab assignments, Hunter blogs about Opening Day, and one headline that I totally fabricated in honor of this "holiday"...
Guess what Angel fans, today we get to experience something that was extremely rare last season. Not only did we get an Opening Day win on the road, we're now in 1st place. Lets take a quick moment to savor that fact....
Ok now, moving on....I realized how brash and arrogant my preview was, throwing out predictions left and right with absolute disregard for my writing integrity. Common sense tells me not to make any more brash predictions so hold on to my integrity, too bad I am not a man of common sense. I need to redeem myself for those prediction, so I'm going to have to continue making irresponsible predictions until I get one right.
Check out the box score here before you read on.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Opening Day is well upon us, but I can't but express my sheer euphria at most joyous occassion. I don't care how cliche these are, but I present you with my top ten reasons for loving Opening Day.
If the game gets rained out today, I might go postal on somebody.