Former Angels season ticket holder, transplanted to Arizona.
Falla, really?! Santana??? Your wizardry knows no bounds!
1 year, 11 months ago on Game Recap 8/21/12: A New Leaf - Angels 5 Red Sox 3
All I have to say is, Have a Troutastic day :)
2 years ago on Halo Headlines: Aybar injured, Richards boots Williams to bullpen, Santana to get one more start | July
IF you have to move either of these guys, you'd have to make it Petey ONLY because he has more value right now. The return would have to be right as well. I think getting .289/.327/.431 out of K-Mo is better than what we got out of him last year, or frankly, more than what we expected from him this year. At any given at bat the guy can still blister a ball, although I get all shaky & twitchy when Sosh bats K-Mo behind Albert and before Trumbo but I flip flop on that myself.
Speaking of spiderman in your final paragraph, I would like to take this opportunity to include my opinion regarding all this mumbo jumbo mentioned in Angelsville about the freeing up of Torii Hunter money as if it were a foregone conclusion. I think Torii has more than shown that he can still produce. Furthermore, having one of the games most decorated soldiers, along with his fan favorite status, I can't understand why everyone is ok with the notion that Torii would ride off into the sunset as anything but an Angel.
I will offer an alternative endings to the Torii Hunter era:
1. We just win the whole thing this year and Torii pulls a Jerome Bettis and retires before they even parade down Katella.
2. We win it all this year and Torii takes a home town discount to try and win one more & pull a John Elway, retiring after a Back to Back to end his career
I know I should have saved this for a "What to do with the Torii Hunter situation" piece, BUT, I don't recall seeing one - Monkeys, please feel free
2 years ago on Bourjos, Morales and the Slash Line Game | July
I say get him, no, I won't say it...I'll YELL IT...G E T H I M!!! Our offense, if performing the way it is supposed to, our bully is OVER performing, defense is fine; the one aspect of this team that is underperforming is the starting rotation that was "supposed" to be one of the best in the game. A solid arm to shore up the mess that is our roation after Weaver/Wilson would really, I think, put us over the top and more than legitimize our chances (and likelyhood) of catching and passing the Rangers. None of us REALLY want to play a "play in" game and passing the Rangers is the only way to avoid such a potential disaster. Furthermore, if 2011 Dan Haren comes back that would truly give us the best rotation in the game.
A 3 man, playoff rotation of Weave/C.J./Zack would be formidable, if not dominant. Additionally, with the team we appear to have for the foreseeable future, why would he NOT want to sign long term in Anaheim.
As far as who to send to Brew Town - start with Petey, he deserves to play daily. Throw in Hank if need be, we all know he is the child that will never gain the acceptance of the father that is Sosh. Furthermore, Ianetta will be back soon & Hester/Wilson ARE > Mathis. If Petey+Hank can't get it done, throw in a Andy Romine....just make sure to sign the kid long term, at LEAST 3 yrs
2 years ago on Angels pursuing Greinke: fact or fiction? | July
I hear Mr. Kazmir may be available - I actually did not say that :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Halo Headlines: Williams better but needs more tests, Angels not interested in Youkilis, Morales trying to break out of slump | June
What I want to know is can anybody track down the Angels record when Trout A) has a multi-hit game & B) scores one or more runs. When Trout gets on base AND either Pujols or Trumbo are "on" we really are virtually unbeatable - or is that me and my fanboy glasses on??
2 years, 1 month ago on Mike Trout is now official | June
Sorry GW...I could not read this all the way through. Who the h3ll is this Reagins guy ANYWAYS?? JeDi and his moves are all I care about now, well, that and the 8 game winning streak we are on with our Ranger friends on their way into a HOT Anaheim. 8 game winning straks don't come around very often, especially when a potential sweep of the Yankees is looming.
Haren said it best and I'm paraphrasing "we are just playing to our potential right now...we aren't doing anything special, just playing our game". And when the Angels are all clicking, not even the Yankees can stop us.
2 years, 1 month ago on Are the Angels recent signings all cursed? | May
Haha nice and proper post...furthermore we are on national TV MLB Network. The more reasons we should an mean the more likely we are to lose...I pray that I'm wrong. Go Halos!!
2 years, 1 month ago on Game Preview 5/28/12: Easy Money - Yankees @ Angels | May
listening now....I'm gunna have to find a way in on this action!
2 years, 1 month ago on Podcast With a Halo: Episode 1 - It only took 3 years | May
Going to give my first listen today mah brotha!
@John Brown Good point on the Napoli situation. I was trying to sell the "why is Mathis even here when we have Napoli" kool-aid and what happens, we send him to Toronto who after we do them the HUGE favor of taking ole Verno off their hands, they thank us by sending Naps to Texas. The Scioscia angle on this is his defiance (then & now) to play the better overall player for an allegience that makes no sense and is a detriment to the team. This explains PBJ sitting and Vernon playing. This explains AP STILL hitting in the 3 when if Trumbomb was, we'd probaly have at LEAST 3 more victories and MT would have at LEAST 10 more RBI's.
2 years, 2 months ago on An open letter to Angels fans: What exactly do you want Scioscia to do? | May
First of all God Bless y'all @MWAH for being able to follow AND write about our beloved team this year. I, for one, sincerely appreciate it. Secondly, wake me up when we are in second place. I too have no reason to rejoice a win that we should be able to count on when looking at the schedule. The only thing about Angels baseball that I even care about these days is all of the greatness that is the Trout & Trumbo show. Everything else, including-but not limited to- Pujols jacks & victories over lame teams (well ANY teams), are all gravy. Thirdly (is that a word) and finally, can we please start a campaign to get Trout & Trumbo on the All Star Team. Weaver and/or Wilson will make it on their own, but Trout isn't even on the ballot, is he? We need to make a HUGE effort because he completely deserves to be there.
2 years, 2 months ago on Game Recap 5/22/12 : And?? - Angels 5 Athletics 0 | May
As far as I am concerned let Harper have the ink. I think at the end of the day it is going to be known that Trout is the better ALL Around player. Remember, chicks dig the long ball and that's Harpers claim to fame. Shoot, he can mash out 50 for all I care, he wo't have trouts speed or fielding or overall hits/bases. We have the better guy - no question.
2 years, 2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.monkeywithahalo.com/2012-articles/may/la-angels-news-mickey-hatcher-fired-pujols-will-stay-in-the-three-hole-the-evolution-of-mark-trumbo.html
OR is it that we finally have a GM & Owner who in tandem, want to win and aren't going to sit around and wait for things to just happen. I MUST be reading this all wrong because I can't imagine that this is a complaint. As a matter of fact seeing Wells dropped/released will not shock me because our "outfield of the future" NEEDS to have PBJ & Trout in it - PERIOD. Additionally, if Torii doesn't come back or sucks when he does, Trumbo would only need to do so much in the field considering all the gound the Wonder Kids can cover. I don't think Sosh is going anywhere, which means that Pujols will stay in the 3 and we will lose potenial runs and games over his veteran loyalty program. That being said, I think Arte & JeDi are going to do everything they can to win...and win now. IF they do all the moves they can and we still suck, there will be only one glaring reason. How the people in power in Anaheim handle that, remains to be seen.
As far as "Would I have made the same moves?" Given all the same opportunities...HECK YEAH! A few changes/differences MAY have been:
*Abreu would have been gone 3 seconds after his "trust these people" comment
*Hatcher may have been replaced over the offseason if a solid enough canditade was available.
*Does Pujols appear to be a bust currently, sure, but I still would have made the move...ok, MAYBE I would have gotten Fielder (less yrs/less$$$) but one of the two WOULD have been an Angel by Christmas
In short, The JeDi has yet to make a move I HAVEN'T liked. Is that a problem?? Nope...not one bit.
2 years, 2 months ago on Does Jerry Dipoto run the team by crowdsourcing? | May
@Rick K. Dude...I'm really sorry. I obviously had no idea. I'll keep you & yours in prayers.
2 years, 2 months ago on Game Recap 5/14/12: Hatchet job - Athletics 5, Angels 0 | May
@Rick K. Rick, you and I usually see eye to eye on things but, c'mon, "it's only a game"?? We wouldn't spend time on this site or on twitter or wherever we spend so much time ranting about Angels Baseball if it was only a game. As real FANS, it's part of who we are, it is part of the fabric of our being. Everytime I try and say (Crash Davis Style) "I quit... F*^k this F*^king Game", I find myself quickly coming back and asking "Who do we play tomorrow??"
Live by the sword die by the sword. Maybe I need professional help, I dunno. Always dig your feedback mah brotha!
You know what, HOW long has it been where an opposing pitcher who is making his big league debut, or first start back from a rehab assignment or a 1-3, 6.5+ ERA guy comes out and looks like the second coming of Cy Young???? The last few years it has been commonplace - maybe Hatcher keeps his job, it's likely that Scioscia is going nowhere...with Sosh at the helm its probable that AP will remain in the 3 for the next 9 seasons straight; all that being said, somethings gotta give.
Wow, well, I had no idea it was that bad. Unfortunately, I am drinking the Anti Scioscia Kool Aid. NOT because we are a crap team with SO much talent and payroll, but because of decsions like this. Petey batting .200 has aa better WAR than Wells because he can do more than Wells can. Even if it is only the facts that he can cover more ground in the field and go 1st to third ...better is better. Scioscia plays the vets regardless of what the stats show (case in point, 2011 Bobby Abreu) to the detriment of the team. he has been doing this for a few years now and I am of the opinion that it is all coming to a head.
You mentioned "swinging at career-high percentage of pitches out of the strike zone" and without looking at the stats this has to be a Pujols problem as well. Isn't that what a hitting coach is to notice, address and fix in a professional ball player?? Is swinging at bad pitches in the hopes of getting lucky something that Hatcher is teaching....because it sure looks like it to me.
A few questions for all of us Halo faithful to really ponder...Would Tito Francona allow such a thing? Does Mark McGuire have a more aggressive/hands on approach to taking hitters out of self induced, swinging at bad pitches slumps? Would LaRussa come out of retirement for a return the the West Coast? Is it just me or is this season painfully reminicent of a 2006 season where we had all the reason in the world to think the AL West was ours only to never gain the traction to put together a solid handful of winning months of baseball?
2 years, 2 months ago on What's it going to take for the Angels to bench Vernon Wells? | May
I am resigned to caring only that Mike Trout continues to dominate. Albert Booujols can tell everyone he wants to to be patient. Real easy to be patient w/$240 mm in your pocket. More so than that, with a talent base and payroll that we have coupled w/ our performance, I can no longer disagree with those yelling for Scioccia's head. Hey Tito, do you really like the Booth???
In closing I'll circle back to the only thing I care about, at this point, about the rest of this season. Two words...Mike Trout.
2 years, 2 months ago on Do you hate losing as much as Garrett and Scott? | May
Devil: Be preparred to be made absolute fools of in Arlington. Look back to September 1998. We actually had a chance to bounce the Rangers of the top of the division and we were completely outclassed and embarrassed on national TV, in our own yard. Expect nothing less than that.
Angel: Facing the Rangers is exactly what we need to get this season back to some respectability. Winning this series, if not sweeping the Rangers in THEIR yard will be the first step in taking back the AL West. The first step towards putting an AL Team in the World Series that can actually win.
Devil: Yeah ha ha ha, keep dreaming. You still have the ball and chain that is Mr. Pujols on the roster. He is doing nothing for you now and will keep delivering nothing!
Angel: Let Albert work through this and come back to earth when he ios good & ready, in the meantime, we have the national stage set for us to display Mr. Mike Trout. He will do for us with his speed and ability to hit the baseball in the gaps, what needs to be done. A little splash of a resurgent Torii Hunter and it won't matter what Pujols does/doesn't do....Plus Darvish isn't going to last the season this way especially in Arlington and our two best pitchers give us a SOLID chance to take 2 of 3. Put that in your drink and stir it!!!
Angel: Thats what I thought....let's do this!
2 years, 2 months ago on Game Recap 5/9: I get by with a little help from my friends - Angels 6, Twins 2 | May
I was Mr. Optimistic yesterday and strive to continue...HOWEVER, Mr. Pujols, we HAVE a problem. I was discussing our $240MM man with a fellow Arizona based Halo's fan, and I am afraid that I am shortly going to become actually angry at this entire scenario.
AP had a HUGE spring. None of us saw even the slightest hint of what has become a sub .200 display to date. You know, if he was hitting even .280 with a respectable 25 RBI, and his lone HR, we may be griping but at least there would be SOME production. Dude doesn't even have 25 HITS!!! Instead we have an "easy out, easy out" chant amongst the infield players around the American League. I am not yet boiling mad, but I am simmering.
AP keeps saying be patient. If that is because he THINKS he knows who he is and is taking his 11 yr superstar numbers for granted. To paraphrase a NON quote "I'm Albert Pujols and have more HR than Mickey Mantle & more RBI that Ted Williams...I'll be fine" - if that's the case, we have a problem. IF he IS looking at video and he IS making adjustments, outside of shaving, everything SHOULD eventually work itself out.
All I know is the "Machine" is batting a cool .190 and looks more like Jeff Mathis than Albert Pujols. This isn't about Home Runs...this is about production, in the middle of the line up, from someone who was supposed to be a HUGE piece of the "offensive woes" puzzle.
I am a loss to the Twins and losing 2 of 3 to the Rangers away from a complete meltdown...hows that for optimism???
2 years, 2 months ago on Halo Headlines: Downs ready to return to action, Weaver delivers Letterman's Top 10, Historical comparisons give hope for Pujols | May
Ok, first of all, we ARE going to catch the Rangers...starting this weekend in Arlington. IT IS MAY!!!! Not August! Plus, ask the 1995 Mariners/Angels about DOUBLE DIGIT leads LATE in August. The Halos are starting to wipe the sleepy out of their eyes and when the sleeping giant awakens, the rest of baseball needs to watch out.
Secondly, I think the JeDi has already shown that not only are we built to win...NOW, but he isn't going to sit around and watch us flounder. Less than 30 games in the season, JeDi pulls, well a JEDI move to bolster the bully.
I know it hasn't happened yet, but when the arms/bats/gloves are all firing on all cylinders, we have all the talent and potential to not just be good...but absolutely DOMINANT!!
Lastly, God DOES care about baseball. Point #1, Mike Trout...Point 2, without complete nuisances like the Yankees & Red Sox for us to have rivalries with, where would the fun be?? Point 3...how else do you explain the Giants beating the Rangers in 2010. Point 4 the Rangers losing again last year. Point 5...Mike Trout
I will rest my case with those points for nopw, but welcome any detractors.
2 years, 2 months ago on A Pep Talk from "Angry Mike" Scioscia | May
I may no longer be a resident of Southern California, but this troubles me deeply. Likely it is only an emotional reaction, one that I am more than proud to admit to. When ever people skoff at the LA of Anaheim moniker, I tell them "Look, I don't care what Arte calls the team, keep them winning, keep them red, and keep them in Anaheim and ALL is OK". If any of those change, then "Anaheim, we have a problem"!
Now look, "I get it". I get what a move to LA COULD/SHOULD mean. However, Orange County fans are NOT going to drive to LA 81 times a season. Which would mean Dodger fans who DO drive to that general location would have a choice to make...Dodgers or Angels? Believe me you Dodger fans are just as loyal to their team as Angels fans are to it's team. L.A. may have 3.8 MILLION people but they are DODGER people, NOT ANAHEIM people.
I am grateful that we have such an awesome owner who has transformed this franchise. But make no mistake, this is a baseball team, not a business. There are more than money and profits to consider here. Look at how Anaheimians acted (still act in part) over the whole L.A. of Anaheim thing....those people are going to do more than just flip out if Arte takes Orange County's team, their ORIGNAL team and move them.
If he's going to move them, maybe Arizona would like an American League team. Friends in Anaheim can forget I said that.
2 years, 2 months ago on The Los Angeles Angels of Los Angeles? | May
I just want someone to tell me who the team of impostors playing in Anaheim, in red uniforms, REALLY are as they are CERTAINLY not my beloved Angels. As far as Trumbomb, why do I feel a Napoli V 2.0 situation looming. Say what you want about Mike Napoli but I used to gripe about why was HE on the bench?? If he could get the AB's he'd be a MONSTER!! Nah, lets trade him and get Wells (not that I am not in FULL support of Wells these days) . Next thing you know, Texas gives Naps the AB's and what happens??? Oh not much but complete domination!! I know Sosh is here to stay and I will be the first one to admit that it's only April, but to ditto what Ms. Gabrielle has said... FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, PLEASE LET TRUMBO PLAY.
If Trumbo ends up, in fact becoming Napoli V2.0, especially if it goes the way of mashing for a hated rival, (anyone in the ALWest or East) , I may have to completely, officially and clinically definably, lose it .
If you didn't already know, Mr. Mike Trout has a 14 game hitting streak in full effect
C.J. to the rescue!!
2 years, 3 months ago on Game Recap 4/18/12: Too Much Colon - Athletics 6, Angels 0 | April
I sure can be a firestarter can't I? :) I think I have to be objective here IN THAT the author, Mr. Monkey DID call for a "healthy dose of hope right now" . Just call me the main guy at the cash register at the Hope for Medicinal Purposes dispensary .
"C'mon VDub!! You can DOOOO it!!!
2 years, 3 months ago on Wells Watch 2012 begins | April
I couldn't even read this whole thing monkey. We are 4...FOUR games into this thing...everybody and their mother is looking for the closest bridge because we aren't 4-0 and Albert isn't batting 1.000. Vernon has spent an entire off season TRYING to improve. He wasn't sitting around getting fat and batting .087 for 90% of ST looking for a $9,000,000 paycheck and bashing "those people" who paid him. Cut the guy a break people. If he's batting. 210 in the middle of may and the team is sub. 500 , then, lets start the revolution, until then lets relax and remember that there are 158 games left .
FALLA!? Reading this on my phone I WAS getting all warm n fuzzy. All this JeDi talk (you could have used that ya know) and Reagins bashing added to "greatest decade of Angels baseball" & I almost had tears of joy. Such promise & optimism. Such a great article. ...then you had to throw a 2:30 am, going home solo, tequila & Jack in the Box flavored puke ALL over everything. ..Vin Scully!? NO he ISNT the greatest! He bled dodger blue when Lasorda was still a player! Ummm yeah, you "messed" that one up....still think you're great but don't ever do that again. :)
2 years, 3 months ago on The beginning of a new era | April
"Scioscia is an institution for the Halos" he is going NOWHERE...I flip flop on the Aybar situation but definately see Izzy/Callaspo as trade bait, if for nothing else than to bring some decent prospects into the fold in a rebuilding the farm effort OR getting some legitimate bully help....thats if LaTroy and I'Hausen don't really suprise us. The bully could be a weak link/Achillies heal but it also could be the surprise of the season. If Downs is Downs and if Walden improves as expected, I see no reason to think LaTroy will be a disappointment. It MIGHT not be so bad. Plus, Weaver/Haren/Ervin/CJ SHOULD go into 7 more often than not.
I'm such a rediculous optimist.
2 years, 3 months ago on Halo Headlines: Abreu's attitude improving, Trumbo continues to be work in progress at third base, Angels set the roster | April
Interesting my friend...allow me to retort:
I will simply expand upon your predictions and only add a few of my own
1. Dan Haren will finish above both, if not give Verlander a stronger run for his money than Weaver did last year. It would NOT shock me that Danny boy gets a No No either
2. Aybar stays....Callespo gets shipped off (with Bobby Wilson - Conger gets the bench/#2C spot) at the deadline when Trumbo (#7 subject), with some Albert mentoring, improves to the degree where he is the everyday 3B.
3. Totally agree - I have to dream that it would be CJ getting after Nap errily similar to Weaver/Guillen
4. Walden will shock alot of us...with his success. I have thought this since the offseason actually.
5. Not True
6. Not True - Mathis has a better shot of being a "Crash Davis/AAA" defensive mentor for some upcoming catching prospect that already knows how to hit.
8. Not sure if it will be Ervin, but I DO think a rotation this good IS subject to the chance of significant time on the DL somewhere.
9. You may be on to something (I will work the ballot box here in AZ)
I think Kendrys Morales will be in the MVP discussions
I think Trumbo will hit 30 HR
I think Wells & Torii will be twins, in that they will both be in the .265 avg/20HR/85+RBI range
I think Verlander goes on the DL and although dominant when he is pitching, will NOT repeat as AL CY
I think the DBacks DO make the playoffs, in fact, I'm calling for a DBacks vs. Angels WS...with the Angels winning it here in AZ and me being witness to it.
2 years, 3 months ago on The Monkey predicts the 2012 Angels season | April
I have said, and will continue to say, that the Angels will go where Kendrys Morales's bat will take them. I think the optimistic side of ALL of us has trouble going to sleep at night over the pure "5 year old on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa Claus" excitement we have about this season. Just the thought of how potentially awesome this team can be this year is truly nothing any of us have seen before. Friends may say "they still have to play 162...don't get too confident"...sorry , too late - I have nothing but expectations of 100% DOMINATION this year...who's with me???
2 years, 3 months ago on The most important Angel of 2012 is... Kendrys Morales | April
Monkey, you may or may not have seen my twitter posts recently; scattered over the last week I have tried to muster some support to get a #DFABobbyAbreu trending. "I've learned not to have much confidence in these people"...THESE PEOPLE!?!?! THESE PEOPLE have paid you how many millions of dollars POST PRIME of your career?? I think that is the comment that sent me reeling. Abreu has become nothing short of a cancer that needs to be removed. You'd think he'd be happy to get 250-350 token AB to play the final year of his career along side Albert and the rest of the AL West 2012 Champs...and the 2012 AL Champs and the ... you get the picture. He's crying over an ice cream cone and someone needs to take the ice cream cone away from him and let him go play in someone else's sandbox. Once again you said it all better than I could have myself...and with much more detail and substance - thanks again Monkey.
2 years, 3 months ago on Bobby Abreu really needs to shut up | March
@monkeywithahalo @Rick K. @wtasker there I go again starting controversy! Rick, I should have seen the sarcasm, Garrett, my apologies for the slanderous comments. Now if Mathis or Kazmir would have been mentioned I would have likely saw the sarcasm, guess my head just isn't right today LOL
2 years, 4 months ago on Halo Headlines: Walden gets rocked, Morales' return delayed, Trout makes spring debut | March
@ri yeah, and BARTOLO COLON is higher than VWells...what an embarrasment. That countdown is WHACK....does Mr. Monkey "irrationally defend Bobby A"?? Am I missing something?
ESPN also has Bobby Abreau at #401. Wells is on the comeback trail (shhh naysayers...he will be much better this year, kinda hard not to) and Bobby is on his way into the sunset, not very pretty either.
@wtasker Welcome to MWAH...spread the word!! The Monkey IS usually "dead on" with his commentary; thats what brought me here.
Gabrielle, do you have a twitter for us to follow you on?
2 years, 4 months ago on Angels vs. Rangers: A revamped rivalry | March
Well, Gabrielle, if this is your first piece on MWAH, very well done. If it is NOT your first full piece, my apologies for not noticing sooner.
My personal take on Texas for the 2012 season...they have got as close as a misplayed fly ball to right field by Nelson Cruz, to a Ring as they are going to get. I think that IF they are lucky, Yu will be a replacement to CJ, nothing more, nothing less. The Feliz move in my opinion weakens both their bully and rotation. Even if Nathan comes back to form, will Feliz really be that strong in the rotation? If Nathan flops with a +4.00 ERA like he did last year, then what are they going to do? Add to that the Angels having the most formidable "1-5" rotation in the AL, an improved & deep bullpen and a lineup that will include one of the best hitters alive that will in all likelyhood make everyone else better. Frankly speaking, I don't think the Rangers stand a chance...unless they just beat everybody in runs scored, which they CAN and MAY do again. But how did that work out for them in 2004/2005 & 2007/2008/2009??? yeah - I am a complete Angels homer, proud to be such, but it is time for the AL West to be returned, taken back, by its rightful owner, with authority and by force if need be.
@Rick K. My friend, you speak as if Abreu is breaking camp w/the team. Having BA in the lineup is the opposite of productive. I know his being on the team may be inevitable but a man has to dream right?
2 years, 4 months ago on Halo Headlines: Aybar re-starts extension talks, Morales dealing with calf tightness, Haren dominates Arizona | March
Quick comment before I start my Wednesday, right now, unless some seriously attractive trades get mentioned, I am 100%, categorically against any move that takes Trumbo out of our lineup. ..period end of story. The potential of what a 3-4-5 of Pujols, Morales & Trumbo could do is just an opportunity that is too good to miss out on. If Trumbo can't handle the 5, perhaps Hunter or a resurgent Wells can but right now that 3-4-5 combo is our best power lineup option.
Until I see Kendrys in the line up for the "big boy" squad, I will make my best attempt to not jinx the situation.That being said IF Kendrys 100% available & back to his old Bam Bam self as out full time DH takes us from being a solid team that will rely on our rotation to win the division to a team that should legitimately contend for NOTHING less than a STRONG ALCS appearance. He really is the key to 2012.
2 years, 4 months ago on Spring Training Storylines: Kendrys Morales and the most important week of his career | March
Well I for one have pictures of the first at bat, because, thanks to @vernonwells10 , I was there. I'd be happy to provide copies for the Monkey to share. My first impression of the day however was Ianetta and the stolen Darin Erstad jersey he was wearing. I know, I bring up jersey numbers probably more than anyone, but it is just difficult to see a player who came through our system and play the best years of his career AND catch the final out of the World Series have his number handed out to a new kid on the block like it's old hat. Monkey, if I am not mistaken Darin is your favorite Angel, I imagine there will be some tough times watching someone else wear the #17.
Game 1 in Alberts reign was awesome. Everyone looked like they were not only loose but completely on fire and as if they couldn't wait to "get out of the gate". Bill Stoneman was in good spirits, sat next to me; Victor Rojas has a beautiful family, sat next to us AND his daughter took a picture of my wife, boy and I; Mrs. Pujols was in the front row of our section wearing a blinggy custom hat.
Last note, until the well runs dry, I will be selling Vernon Wells as Co- Comeback players of the year (with strong competition from Kendrys IF he does make it back)
2 years, 4 months ago on Halo Headlines: Angels win big in spring opener, Pujols intends to play a lot this spring, Morales embarks on an important week | March
@Rick K. Yeah Reagins needs to publish a tell all comic book errrr, graphic novel, regarding such issues. Am I correct in that the only truly positive things he had a part to play in was the extension to Weaver & stealing Haren?
2 years, 4 months ago on Halo Headlines: Trumbo cleared for full activity, Abreu gripes about his role again, Morales steps up his rehab program | March
@AngelsWin @coachtom966 @LAI've been trying to sell the "Kendrys is the key to our season" Kool Aid all winter...nice to see it LOOKS like it is catching on/panning out... I may have a 9 yr old girl and a 5 mo old boy in tow but bet your bottom dollar I will be at tempe Diablo on Saturday... there is NO cure for the cancer that Bobby Abreu is becoming. Can we DFA him or ANYTHING? Bobby is being a total party pooper on the whole "Kendrys is coming back/We got Pujols/Our rotation is the best in the AL" Spring 2012.
JeDi....handle this with the swiftness and cunning nature that you utilized in December <wink>
Scotty...thank you for this piece! It MADE my lunch hour! if you would have told me 15 years ago that the Angels would have such a culture about them, I would have bet the farm against you. Nice to see what the little club out of Anahiem has grown up to be. :,,)
2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Scioscia and his special assignments | February
the A's can have Callaspo IF they take Bobby too; we'll pay the shipping Mr. Beane, don't worry about it. I still say the "principals office visit" between Bobby, Soch & JeDi was just to buy time. I won't be shocked at ALL if BA is elsewhere before he is in Anaheim. I actually really like Speedy Petey in the leadoff if he can get a little better with the plate discipline/"strike zone management". I can hear "first to third with reckless abandon" already. As far as Molina is concerned I was thinking this morning how his game calling/catching skills wouldn't be a nice addition to the coaching staff. In his prime he was one of the premiere defensive catchers in the game. I'm stoked to see him back in Angel Red
2 years, 4 months ago on Halo Headlines: Athletics interested in Callaspo, Mattingly declares LA belongs to the Dodgers not the Angels, the "El Hombre" campaign to be ceased | February
@Rick K. When I first moved to AZ, someone said, and I will never forget "Arizona, the land of personal responsibility" . Say what you want about Arizona, but "Big Brother" carries a much larger stick in Cali than here...just sayin. Now, onto baseball :)
I tread lightly on the subject of Bobby Abreu, BUT, I think you are right on when he is being told he will get 400 PA to calm him down. I can see it now, when BA leaves the room, JeDi & Sosh look at one another and say "we didn't tell him those 400 PA's would be with the ANGELS...did we?" . Let's face it the Halos are going to have to eat the contract (Thanks Reagins for such a profound move in your vesting option crud) . I think the fan base would much rather eat $9MM and have Trout get the AB's, if we NEED a 4th/5th OF. The team, I think would be more productive. Look Bobby has had a great career and who knows, maybe there is something left in the tank. Unfortunately, if he is going to be called into the principals office once a month for a calming down, it isn't fair to him or the team to keep him around.
2 years, 4 months ago on Halo Headlines: Abreu gets a promise of 400 plate appearances, Bourjos needs hip surgery after the season, Morales takes another step forward in his rehab | February
@scottya_laai the #angels are a contender....but being West Coast kills such an idea I suppose. Too bad Roy, the champagne will be cold & sweet with or without ya!
2 years, 5 months ago on Roy Oswalt to return at midseason | February
@monkeywithahalo@kbrown2225 White Flag here, Mr. Brown. We here at MWAH really aren't as nasty as I came off; I was a poor representation of the MWAH class of followers today & very out of character today. I suppose my passion for Halos excellence gets the best of me, especially when I am deprived of baseball action for too long. Let's clean slate the whole thing and let me express a warm, Tempe style welcome to you. I hope you will visit the site & comment more often. Shoot, if you roll out to Tempe for some spring training and I am going to be at the game, I'll even buy ya a beer.
2 years, 5 months ago on Halo Headlines: Abreu demands a trade, Morales unlikely to be ready for spring opener, Iannetta not worried about leaving Coors Field | February
@kbrown2225 the "troll" tag was thrown out there because I see nothing but 6 comments on this blog in your history and all of them are Abreu related. In otherwords, my calling you out was somewhat justified....relax. Additionally, your name nor your profile have any real mentioning of Angel fandom. I was 100% wrong on my 8 doubles comment - I was reviewing the wrong stat, my bad. Nonetheless, I wish Bobby & his $9MM WOULD produce this season. It WOULD be a great insurance policy for the Trumbo/Morales situation. Unfortunately, even if one of those guys can't deliver as hoped, I don't feel Bobby is going to offer much more than they do. As far as "following the Angels for years"....great. If you are new to this blog, sorry for the seemingly rude welcome. Come in & contribute. I'll just say one thing about MY fandom....it was 1979, the Big A was in left field, it was a day game, it was overcast, it was against the Blue Jays and we won.
@kbrown2225 easy there Mr. Brown...before you go spouting "internet coward" and sounding like a Yankee fan. i wasn't being nasty, perhaps territorial. anyione who reads this blog with any regularity knows I am a very loyal reader/commenter. If I say something against anyone it is sharing my opinion...not being an internet coward...come on, really?
@kbrown2225 I cordially invite you to read: The Story: A look at how Bobby Abreu's power has vanished - listed above. "8 doubles" harly equates to "a ton of doubles". I expect that Wells, PBJ, Hunter, even Trout & Trumbo will all be more productive than Bobby this year. Are you related to Mr. Abreu? Mancrush? Troll? seems all 6 of your comments have been Bobby related .
Sorry fellow MWAH regulars, but this kbrown reeks of troll and I had to say something.
@Rick K. As much as we'd like to see Albert as the AL All Star at 1B, there is obviously FIERCE competition as well. Prince, Tex & AGon for starter.
@rmfalla @monkeywithahalo @scottyA_LAAI Well everything you said makes all the sense in the world....which is why I am going to embrace my myopia and say that he, VW, will be the comeback player of the year. In similar fashion to the 2002 season, the Angels will win the World Series going into the playoffs with a league leading team batting average. Kendrick, Hunter, Wells, Trumbo, & Morales will ALL contribute more than expected (Pujols will just be Pujols, ho hum) and we will beat teams by, as Garret Anderson said best , "hitting them to death...you can't defense line drives..." . You may say I'm a dreamer, BUT, I am NOT the only one....many out there know it
2 years, 5 months ago on 2012 Player Preview: Vernon Wells | February
@ScottyAllenLAAI finally!!! Someone who shares the "put Harp & Straus on the table before you even ask to talk" sentiment, especially when speaking of the PBJ & Trout. @monkeywithahalo in regards to the trival topic of "lineups" I think it is well understood that even if healthy, Trumbo AB possibilities are completely endless & somewhat out of his control. That being said I REALLY am afraid of Trumbomb getting the Napoli treatment. A Halos lineup with Trumbo & Morales in it is OBVIOUSLY the best case scenario. If Mark is healthy they HAVE to find a way to get him in there....can he catch??? LOL
2 years, 5 months ago on Halo Headlines: Predicting what the Angel batting order might look like, Another bad Bourjos trade idea, How many at-bats will Trumbo get? | February
Mr. Wilson...I 100% agree with your entire summation. I know addiction 1st hand. It took many many years & trials & failures to come as far as I have personally. I can't imagine being in Josh's shoes, especially now with social media taking a story and not only blasting it everywhere, but adding to it all of the random speculation. We all love baseball, but we all love life a little more. This story IS bigger than baseball. ..as is Josh's need for positive encouragement.
Hang in there Josh..."1 is too many & a 1000 is never enough"
2 years, 5 months ago on Rangers' Hamilton Had an Alcohol Relapse | January
My thoughts after reading/viewing most of the articles...Trumbo is our insurance policy to Morales, period. Furthermore if he AND Kendrys can hit this season, keep them BOTH! How long have we needed an impact bat, well now we could have a solid pair of them, if not a half dozen! Add them to a line up of "what ifs" & this could be Murders Row West...In no particular order consider all these previously documented scenarios...
Torii in a contract year, coming off a monster 2nd 1/2, WITH Pujols behind him,
Kendrick will be better with Pujols in the line up,
then Pujols himself, especially if he is protected by a rebounding Morales AND Trumbo?
Then add a "new perspective/working with a wizard of hitting coaches" Vernon Wells
Such a line up AND even a rotation with Williams/Richards and Texas wouldn't even be CLOSE to how BOSS we could/should be.
Lifelong Angels Fan - "IF" is a staple of my vocabulary.
2 years, 5 months ago on Halo Headlines: A Trumbo Trade Idea, Angel Minor Leaguer Suspended, Baseball America's Top Angel Prospects | January
I like it Falla, I really like it. Excellent point and who knows MAYBE LaTroy will be that guy. I wonder if Percy would come back strictly as a bullpen coach? When Frankie left, the "Closers Torch" was not going to be handed down properly (L. Smith to Percy, Percy to KRod, and then....splat) and as a bullpen, the Angels HAVE suffered since KRod's departure. Bringing Troy back, wearing #40 like no one else could would be so sweet. great PR move, cheaper than Izzy too....JUST my 2 cents
2 years, 5 months ago on Rolling the Dice on a Reliever | January
Whoa WHOA W H O A!!! Morales is swinging away at Tempe Diablo ALREADY!? I will do my best to make sure my lunch breaks are spent at the complex to see if I can get first hand proof of this occurance. Additionally if I can land any photographic/video evidence, i will grant exclusive access to said photographs to...hmmm, I'm not sure who yet. Let me get the pics first and then perhaps we can negotiate muahhahahaha
2 years, 5 months ago on Halo Headlines: Morales Hold an Impressive Workout, Cantu a Big What If, How Other Big Angel Acquisitions Fared in Their First Season | January
Dangit!!! I don't WANT to become an ESPN Insider...guess I'll just have to buy the mag to get the full story :-/
2 years, 5 months ago on Halo Headlines: The Courtship of Pujols and Wilson, Jerry Dipoto is Chris Traeger, Angels Make Offer to Luis Ayala, Walden Working On Off-Speed Pitches | January
If Frank would have won out...
I imagine that we would be back to the days when you could walk up to the ticket window an hour before the game and get an aisle seat, in the right field pavilion, within a dozen rows of front row (of course by the 3rd inning you'd be able to move up to prime home run catching territor - row 5 or 6)...in other words, we'd be lucky to hit 2 million annually and 3 million wouldn't even be in the conversation.
We would once again be a laughing stock of the league only finishing in 2nd place in a weak division every few years and even then be out by 10+ games.
Our 2002 run would have been considered a MAJOR fluke and possibly would have questioned the integrity of the entire game. Possibly ending the Wild Card experiment (sarcastic exaggeration)
Perhaps Arte would have restored the Dodgers back to their O'Malley days reputation by luring Scioscia back and thus bringing back to life a fan base who longed for alumni representation.
Everything the Angels have done since Arte, the Dodgers would have done, less the GMJ & Wells deal, because Arte would have had a MUCH better GM .
Lastly and completely unrelated....Hey Butcher, give up the 23 for Trouty OR Trouty, bring some honor to the numbers 18, 19 or 20...
2 years, 6 months ago on What If... Frank McCourt Had Bought the Angels? | January
Mr. Monkey, my first thought when I saw this article was to toss my computer as if roaches had infested it. I must admit though that as I read, my gratitude towards Disney and Arte was reinvigorated. No offense to those who are, but "Ralley Monkey fans", aka, fans who jumped on the bandwagon in 2002 (thanks for sticking around) have no idea how good they have it under Arte. The cowboy did his best and was beloved by fans who have been around since the 70's and earlier; Disney was great in thought but it never REALLY worked out the way we may have hoped. I mean, Disney was "Microsoftesque" in the mid 90's so them being the owners, I for one, expected a Space Mountain sized wad of cash going towards the best players money could buy. What we got WAS a better than nice renovation that took us from the enclosed, football friendly Anaheim Stadium to a beautiful baseball only Angels Stadium of Anaheim. My point is that this franchise has never seen the levels of admiration & respect that it does now. The Angels are bonified team & perinal contender. Sure there will be an off year or two, but even during the 79-86 "run" we weren't as competitive as we are now (to be continued)
SWEET!! Look ma...I made the paper!!! I have to clock back in from lunch and will have to address this further with more in depth thought BUT #27 HAS to go...20 is the easy solution. I like the thought of keeping it in the teens to go with the Salmon, Erstad, Anderson vein, excluding 13, because Trouty can't wear the same number as AFraud and 14 because well, I don't think Sosh would/needs to give it up. So, to stay in the teens, it would have to be 19 because as you mentioned, Romine has 18.
Very interesting & perplexing topic - I'm glad I thought of it. While I'm at it....Hank needs to take of Garret Anderson's jersey. I ain't mad at ya Hank, but, all due respect....it is just wrong. GA holds virtually every offensive record in #Angels history. #16 & #15 BOTH need to be retired & #27 will go into the HOF as the first Halo so....there @trouty20 @hankconger16 @tomcoach966
2 years, 6 months ago on Crowdsourcing: Mike Trout's Uniform Number | January
@monkeywithahalo Glad you think so sir. In preparation of my anticipated response, I will have to review a few of the other Angels fan sites. I think there is one or two of them that has something along the lines of "Best Angels Players to wear each number" .
2 years, 6 months ago on Halo Headlines: Angels Still Interested in Francisco Cordero, Halos Tried Signing Darvish as a Teenager, A Cautionary Tale for Angel Fans | January
Re the Vladdy situation, IF, and there is at least a decent chance he will go into the HOF as an Angel, shouldn't Mike Trout stop wearing his number?? I mean we all know that Mike Trout is the egg mcmuffin of Angels ballplayers, but he is no Vladdy....yet...Just sayin. Vladdy WAS 27 and I for one think no one else should be. frankly, the only other Angels #27 jersey that is really acceptable to me is the throwback Erstad #27. ALL that being said, what # should Prince Fish, errr Mr. Trout bear??? 15, 16, 17 are "taken", 25 fits PBJ, 1 is too pretentious. Maybe 2??? He's already been crowned as many things, why not the Jeter of the franchise? Feedback is welcome....
First of all, thats a great looking picture you used for this piece. I too am a little shocked that #15 has yet to be retired, especially during all the pomp & circumstance of the 50th Anniversary. Every year that goes by where it isn't worn I have continued hope; every year that goes by that it isn't retired, I have a beef about the season. We all know he won't get into the HOF, but great of you to point out the "moral" aspect/BBWAA aspect of things. It would have been a nice gesture.
2 years, 6 months ago on Tim Salmon, The Hall of Fame and That 5% | January
Am I crazy or does the deal to get that arm from the Brewers (the last given idea) ACTUALLY make some sense??? That guy can deal!
2 years, 6 months ago on Halo Headlines: Hatcher Won't Mess With Pujols, What Other Move Must Angels Make to Pass Texas, Dipoto Leads GMs Who Have Helped Their Teams This Off-Season | January
Hey, Angels "haters" (if you are out there) and the baseball world in general, so what if our owner decided to "buy" our tools. It really isn't "how" you "get there" it's that you GET THERE and our "boss", Arte Moreno decided he wanted to not only get there but increase his odds of doing so as much as he possibly could; if any of YOU were a bazillionare and bought the team, you'd want a return on your investment and the best way to do that consistantly, with a baseball team, is to win! Lets just hope that when Arte's Angels arrive, that his shiny new tools work to the greatest of their abilities and dominate in a RED OCTOBER...I'm OUT
2 years, 6 months ago on Public Enemy #1 | December
@rmfalla Ryno! Nice piece, as always. My thoughts on such a topic. "They" expect the Yankees to try and "buy" their rings and you know what, how many have they REALLY bought? The ARod "purchase" didn't do it alone, they had to keep going until they could "buy" CC/Tex/AJ. We should all be inteligent enough to understand (Boston fans exclooded uv korse for oveyus reesons) that "Baseballs Best Team" in any given year rarely wins the whole thing. Its about getting into the playoffs on a hot streak and continuing that streak. That being said, you have to have the right tools to get on that streak, and I think the Angels are a Madson signing away from having all the tools they need (although a healthy Trumbo with a better than average 3B defense would really nail it down).
Really Buster? ! How lame that you charge for your column. You aren't gawds gift to journalism.
2 years, 6 months ago on Halo Headlines: Pujols' Deal is Heavily Backloaded, Angels Now Boast A Top Infield, Halo Fans Will Miss Mocking Mathis | December
No way!!! Now I can actually comment from my phone!? Amazing technology! ! LOL. Now I will read thru today's edition and actually be able to give a timely take...saweet!
@rmfalla @Rick K. Ryan...I thought you were HOPING for the Rangers to land Fielder...did I misunderstand or were you scared straight?? LOL
2 years, 6 months ago on The Texas Rangers and Prince Fielder: Reshaping a Division | December
@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.
2 years, 6 months ago on The Monkey's 2012 New Year's Resolutions | December
@Rick K. I did NOT know about the 5 mph reduction...that KINDA changes things. Wasn't he still better than effective when he set up in Brew Town?
2 years, 7 months ago on The Angels and Hanley Ramirez, Could It Happen? | December
@Rick K. I really think KRod is an upgrade to our bullpen...plus hes familiar here, MOST fans Im sure would be happy and Sosh can trust him. We all know how big of a deal that is....c'mon, we could do worse to our pen!
@Angels_Nation can I get an AMEN!!! I'd buy that deal ALL DAY LONG!!! I nominate you as a Special Assistant to Jerry DiPoto for the HanRam project!!!
@LOVEMYANGELS What you say MAY have some merit however Arte didn't sign Vladdy (NO disrespect to Vladdy at ALL) to a 10 year contract AND a 10 year post playing career contract either. Vladdy was, in my opinion, at the time, the biggest signing in Angels history and he was largely responsible for what I like to call the Angels "Golden Years" or "Glory Days" of 2004-2009. The Angels got the last of Vlad's awesomeness and when the contract was up, we didn't renew because he was just not the same. He may have done decent in Texas but what did he do in Baltimore and what will he do now... a mere two years later.
Albert's gunna be in Anaheim for the next 20 years, we all need to get used to it. It is a completely new era in Angels Baseball!
2 years, 7 months ago on Halo Headlines: Moreno Felt Compelled to Pursue Pujols, Albert's Effect on the Angels Defense, Wilson Talks About His Post-Season Struggles | December
Personally ANY trade talks need to end with the mention of Ervin Santana. I REALLY think our rotation is vital to a return of a Red October. Trumbo needs to be working 8 hours a day doing 3B drills and we need to get a proven closer back. I am very happy about Latroy but a closer he is not. This may/may not be a popular idea, but I am ALL about bringing KRod back. for a 2-3 year stint. percy was behind Lee Smith for a few years and we can all agree that Walden was put into the closer role too fast, to the tune of how many blown saves last year???
Trumbo @ 3rd...bring KRod back and unless you want to do an Aybar/Hanley deal w/maybe a good NON Conger/Trout prospect, I say keep things as is.
GREAT list MWAH!!
May I include to #5 the Yankees, Red Sox. With the Red Sox getting more hatred because 1, they're Boston and 2, we have shown since the Torre years that the Yankees (except for 2009) are more/less our playoffs whipping boys. Finally, if you make the switch from Dodger Blue to Angel Red, all Dodger gear needs to find its way to your nearest Goodwill store. Being a REAL fan is a commitment. In my opinion, if you can't follow the above rules, you need not get on the bandwagon - we have 3 million + fans annually that although a good portion of them are Ralley Monkey fans (aka fans that only became fans since 2002/because of the World Series)...at least they have stuck around.
Fan since 1979....when the Big A was in left field, where it belongs & Szabo beer was the choice of all fans!
2 years, 7 months ago on Welcome to the LA Angels Bandwagon | December
@GoHalos@Rick and to think I have always liked Harold Reynolds. To utter the words "trade" Trout" and "Bourjos" in the same paragraph is nothing short of pure blasphemy!!!
2 years, 7 months ago on Halo Headlines: Still Pushing for WIlson, Getting Competition for Ramirez, Backing Off Relievers and Entertaining Trade Options | December
Sorry for my absence from the commenting platform....ya know, I was all about getting this guy until reading this article. All of the "cons", in my opinion (aka, IMO) outweigh the "pros". That may be too conservative of me but after the Vernon Wells contract, the last thing I wanna see us do is pay a guy $12MM-$13MM a year to be an a$$hole who is impatient at the plate who can barely get the ball to first base....I pass.....
2 years, 7 months ago on How Much Is Aramis Ramirez Worth to the Angels? | December
Excellent article my friend....my only initial feedback would be 100% absolutely under no circumstances should Palebon be considered for the Angels....ZERO!! Let him pout in Boston all he wants!!
2 years, 9 months ago on Why The Angels Should Chase C.J Wilson | October
If you want what "they" have, do what "they" do..."they" being the two teams that represented the American league in 4 times in the last 10 years. "They" have gone to the big dance two times a piece and we have gone once. "They" play in arguably the most competitive division in the game, we have a 4 team division that is really more like a 2 1/2 team division, depending on which Oakland team shows up. "They" dominate baseball news on any day that there IS baseball news. "They" are the Yankees and Red Sux, sorry for the typo. "They" are Cashman & Epstein. I know it is a real simpleton way to look at it but why muddy the waters - call a spade a spade - just get one of them, so we can move out of this funk and bring a few more rings to this franchise that we all love so much.
2 years, 9 months ago on Halo Headlines: Josh Hamilton Slams the Angels, Lyle Spencer Has Another Mathis Lovefest, Simers Takes a Run at Scioscia | October
you know, I told @rmfalla that I will be MUCH more comment heavy this week as I am, lets just say, taking a vacation, but Garrett, I can't say what you said, any better than you said it. I've been saying for a few weeks now that we have 10 left against the Rangers heads up, are only 2 back, and a FAVORABLE schedule to boot. It IS the Angels division to win, not lose! Hit the nail on the head...let's HANDLE this Halos!! @mlb
2 years, 11 months ago on Contrary to Popular Belief, The Rangers Have Not Already Won the AL West | August
Ok I tried to nominate you for as much as possible my friend, but that website got all screwy toward the end . I will try again tomorrow
2 years, 11 months ago on Rock the Vote for Monkey With a Halo | August
Speaking of WAIVER deals....do we bring in Johnny Damon and sit Bobby A???
2 years, 11 months ago on Multiple Choice Monday: Did the Angels Make the Right Move By NOT Making a Trade? | August
@84Tigers hothead?? Funny....go dust off the 1984 VHS copy of your last World Series victory and sit back while you watch that "Hothead" win the Cy Young Award this year. #angels #tigers
2 years, 11 months ago on Game Recap 7/31/11: Nasty Pitching, Nastier Behavior - Tigers 3, Angels 2 | July
I just wish Weaver would have waited to give it to Guillen at his next at bat. I'm stoked that #mvweav wasn't going to take sh!t from anyone, BUT, it is a team game and now we will likely lose our best pitcher for what COULD be a much needed game, when we need him the most. Anyone who calls Aybar "bush league" is bush league themselves. I'm just glad that most of the baseball brains (on MLBNetwork/ESPN) out there, agree.
Verlander can pack it - idiot. Does he, or any other Detroit pitcher for that matter, really think he will get to Aybar after making it common knowledge that he plans on it? Moron. I hope we see the kittens in October!
D. Fire Reagins for letting the Rangers get not one, but BOTH of the best BP arms on the market! When you were in your mid 20's killing it with the ladies, did you let some 21 yr old punk who just had some decent success landing the head cheerleader and almost making it with her (read: getting to the World Series for the first time in your 200 year franchise history) come in and take the 2 honeys you were eyballing, right from underneath you?!
Look I know we don't have much on the farm to have traded away. Shoot, we SHOULD be about 15 games better than we are now (if Torii/Wells/Abreu have even simply sub par seasons, as opposed to/close to, career lows AND/OR if the early season bullpen didn't blow a dozen save ops). My point is, Texas made us look like a buncha passive babies. They just HANDLED it.
When all is said and done we have 10 more games against the Rangers, a favorable schedule, and a manager who seems to get the most out of what he is given to work with, moreso than any skipper in the game. I STILL think that with a little luck and even just a steady simmer from the offense, we will take the West; with a 3 man rotation of Weaver/Haren/Santana, the Angels could be the cinderella story of the 2011 post season.
Kevin - OUT
I feel as if there is some reason that I am crazy for saying this but will say it anyways....we traded Mike Naopli WHY??? He wasn't a horrible catcher and his offense in 10 ab's outweighs Jeff Mendoza, errr Mathis in 50 ab's.
2 years, 12 months ago on Halo Headlines: Trout to Hang Around, Scioscia Wants More Catcher Offense, A Call to Re-Sign Weaver | July
3 years ago on Dugout Digest: Some love for Jered Weaver | July
I hate the Boston red Sox more than anything. Not more than any team in baseball....more than ANYTHING. As if 1986 wasn't harmful enough (the scar will never fully heal); I was a 13 year old young boy at the time and , well, lets not talk anymore about it - I'm starting to twitch. But 2004, 2007 and 2008 were on the biggest of stages, and Boston punking us in the worst of ways. ESPECIALLY at home in 2008 and their fans being complete morons (putting it angelically). yeah...HATE HATE HATE Boston - BUCK FOSTON!!!
Now, Texas, I don't like them but it is kind of "whatever", sure they have Nolan but he wanted them, not the Angels so screw'm both in my opinion (I DO hope Nolan recovers quickly) The ONLY success they have had in the post season was last year. Their Pudge/Juan Gonzales days were a laughing stock. We have a ring, they are one of what 3 franchises to never have won a World Series??
3 years ago on Multiple Choice Monday: How Much Do You Hate the Rangers? | July
Word of the Year, #KAZMIRIAN #angels #mlb !! How did it take THIS long for that word to develop!? Well played GW, well played.
3 years ago on Monkeying With the Minors - June 2011 | June
E. Because the guys in the picture above, Salmon, Erstad & Percival are not playing. :) (sorry couldn't resist)
3 years ago on Multiple Choice Monday: Why Can't the Angels Win at Home? | June
COMPLETELY 100% AGREE on your DH opinion. Living in "DBacks could move to the AL West" land, I fight this battle daily!
3 years, 1 month ago on Game Recap 6/22/11: I've Got a Trumbo-ner - Angels 6, Mets 5 | June
@Rick K. "Now it matters" is a crock....another reason the palyoffs COULD benefit from a restructuring. Should be best record, between the 2 teams left, should get home field. We all know it will never go that way though.
3 years, 1 month ago on Why Don't Angel Fans Rock the All-Star Vote? | June
I am a former ballot box stuffer. In my late teens, early 20's I actually had a small wooden board, with a nail on it and I would poke through 100's of ballots at a time. I, personally, loathe how much of a celebrity contest the ASG has become. I think the REAL BASEBALL fans would MUCH rather have THEE BEST 2 or 3 players at each position, in each league, play in the game, regardless of name or team. Sure, having a representative from each team would be great, and likely would need to find a way to make that happen, but you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned Russell Martin/.238/leading at his position. This year, the only Halo's that really "deserve" to be there are Weaver & Haren. They are the two best players on our team and the ONLY reason we REALLY have any hope this year (I will take on any arguements against that claim) . Anyways, I have not voted like I should have, and will have to make a point to do so. I will be a total homer and vote for nothing but Angels, seeing as this is only a popularity contest anyways.
Rick, I have to disagree with you on this one. Boras is Boars, but Weaver has enough integrity to keep him a Halo. Maybe I'm wrong but I think he is Angels player #2 to come up with the team, play his enitre career with the team and win a championship with the team. No, I'm NOT drinking my lunch. Ke Rosenthat (although I like his info MOST of the time) needs to shut his filthy mouth....Weaver to the Yankees, BLASPHEMY!!!
3 years, 1 month ago on Halo Headlines - 6/14/11 | June
Mister Trout gives all of us Halo fans a reason to buy Travelers lids/jerseys/other misc. gear... AMAZING line!!! 2012 can't get here soon enough!!
3 years, 1 month ago on Trout Tracker Tuesday - 6/14/11 | June
#shutthefrontdoor you ARE a wizard!!! Please, use your powers sparingly and appropriately, i.e. think back to all circumstances that led you to such a whacked prediction and follow them to the letter!!!
"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!!!"
3 years, 1 month ago on Game Recap 6/13/11: Cellar Blues - Angels @ Mariners | June
Coming from the Monkey, I'm impressed. Once again I have to agree with you, as difficult as it may be to be in one season and look forward to the next season is. As a fan you HAVE to believe they will make a legitimate run at not looking so lame. "6-14" started in Seattle, why not 2001??
3 years, 1 month ago on The Sky Is Not Falling | June
@rmfalla My young padewah much to learn you have. LOL from 1986 to 2001 it ALWAYS ended with a "wait til next year". Back then you could walk up, 90 minutes before first pitch, get an aisle seat between 5 & 10 rows back, in right field. Back then, the 'victories' were much smaller, as were the expectations. This organization has been experiencing it's "Glory Days" since 2002. Will Tony & Co. continue the trend, or will those of us who weathered the previous storms, going to have to help those who know no better, how to do so? Time will tell. ALL that being said...I always have and always will, live and die with this team...No Matter What. It's what being a TRUE fan is all about.
3 years, 1 month ago on Game Recap 6/8/11: I Ain't Even Phased No More - Rays 4 Angels 3 | June
Ya know, I am not yet to the point of desensitization (is that a word?). Being a "hard core" since 1979 gives me as a fan certain rights. One of which is to bitch as loud as you cheer. This garbage called Angels Baseball (as of late) has me VERY sensitized! I am SO tired of the "let's not panic" rhetoric. We have ONE chamionship in 50 years of existance and right now, it looks like we'll wait another 50 for ring #2...I don't have that long Tony!!! When I think of "big" moves the Angels have made since 2002, I think of 3 situations. 1) Signing Vlad AND Colon during the same offseason when BOTH were prime, 2) Getting Teixeria 3) Stealing Haren from my local bretheren here in AZ. Outside of that, nothing!! Outside of Trout, the starting roation, Speedy Petey and Trumbo (MAYBE Howie), the whole team can get traded for all I care. I'm sick of the extra innings giving me blue balls, I'm WAY sick of Fraudney and Sosh's insistence on bringing him into close ball games AND Jeff Mathis even being ON this team!!
Make a deal! Get some sticks!! Get this thing done or just have a fire sale and rebuild and put us fans out of our misery.
Garrett, I think your bet regarding 5+ runs and 3 wins in a row is a safe one...
I brought out my Anaheim Angels giveaway towel from 2002 trying to drum up some positive vibes...
I love this damned team
Just putting it out there...as a fan, I'm getting pissed off. Can we recruit players by RISP%?? Why is Mathis still taking up bench space? Why is it that every time Danny Haren pitches, the bats suck even worse than they typically do? If defense & pitching win championships, we'll have a fighting chance in the playoffs...BUT we HAVE to hit to get there and this middle of te road nonsense isn't going to get us any betterthan we were last year. Somethings gotta give....unless Reagins & Co. are OK with a fan base gaining frustration with every shutout or loss where we score less than 3 runs. Sheesh, I've only been able to watch maybe 4 games this year and am 6 hours from Anahiem; I'm afraid of what would happen if I was actually in Orange County
3 years, 1 month ago on Halo Headlines - 6/7/11 | June
I REALLY need to quit looking at www.angelsbaseball.com even before my alarm goes off at 5:00 am every morning. And the Angels give away towel from a few years ago failed to bring any luck so it was promptly put in the washing machine this morning. Crash Davis said it best, "Boys, what we need is a rain out"
3 years, 2 months ago on Game Recap 5/17/11: Is It Over Yet? - Athletics 14, Angels 0 | May
@monkeywithahalo @tomcoach966 @rmfalla MWAH if I were a betting man, I'd be curious to see what Vegas odds would be of that scenario actually playing out. VERY interesting
3 years, 2 months ago on Game Recap 5/16/11: Is Anyone Surprised? - Angels 4 Athletics 5 | May
@tomcoach966 @monkeywithahalo So, last night about 10pm I'm on my way to dreamland and Howie puts us into the lead late in the game. I put my gameday enabled phone away and nestle into bed. I wake up, see a 5-4 loss, and with another "L" next to his name I see Fraudney. NOT the way I wanted to wake up. Not the way my wife and dog wanted to wake up either as I spewed a half dozen "frickn frackn flithin fouln flithin mother father suns over the beaches" at 5:30am.
MWAH, can I get odds on a "mystery injury" sending the Fraud to the DL?? On one side you have Sosh's loyalties; I still feel lucky that Kaz was DL'd when he had an entire winter to get right. On the other, his performance more than warrants some splintered pants.
Why when we get late inning clutch hitting does the bullpen feel obligated to give the game away?
I gotta say as good as the "mate" from downunda is doing overall, I have to agree that Downs and his effectiveness AND experience deserve the shot. Can we package Fraudney AND Kaz in the same deal??? Kinda kidding...but only because such a deal is like asking a team to take two pieces of dung off our hand, instead of just one.
3 years, 2 months ago on Multiple Choice Monday: Who Should Be the Angels Setup Man? | May
As SOLID as 95% of the team is playing, overall (leading the league in road wins and winning 7 of 8 series IF I am not mistaken), Weaver HAS to get the nod. Sick SICK SICK!!
3 years, 2 months ago on Multiple Choice Monday: Who Was the Angel of the Month for April? | May
I have to agree with you on the Wells thing. I hate to smack the guy but April is almost done and he has done virtually nothing worth even the prorated monthly mount we are paying him. Salmon was a perineal slow starter but he was Tim Salmon...and we knew what to expect. I smell a mutiny comin on....
3 years, 2 months ago on Game Recap 4/27/11 - Athletics 2 Angels 1 | April
quick note re: the ASG, odds are likely in the 100-1 or worse range that it would happen but imagine Trumbomb in the Home Run Derby....
3 years, 2 months ago on Halo Headlines - 4/27/11 | January
if he carries on like this, the team MVP award may be a 3 way tie between Weaver/Haren/Bourjos. For the record, the Halos are 2-0 in my "black out" experiment. No gameday, no baseball tonight, no scoreboard checking until the morning AFTER . I like how "they" have been saying how weak the Angels farm system looked for the last few years - weak or not those who are coming up, that DON'T have the last name of Wood, are producing. Could this be the 2nd coming of the Salmon/Edmonds/Anderson/Percival/Erstad/Glaus wave???
3 years, 2 months ago on Game Recap 4/26/11: The Kids Are Alright - Angels 8, Athletics 3 | April
"Run Forrest, I mean Angels, Run!!!"
3 years, 2 months ago on The Angel Offense is Terrible, So the Suggestion Box is Now Open | April
Monkey, as you know you are my lunchtime Halo Info read (well this and the mighty Twit Monster) - have been since the mid off season 2010/2011. You have said many things I applauded, some I sneered (Garret Anderson) , but ultimately I follow your insight on all things Angels because "you have a take, and you don't suck" (where have I heard that before???) ANYWHO, my point here is this is by far the best article you have written. I absolutely 100% agree with you. Arte should just invite the kid over to his house for dinner, hand him a blank check and let him know he is an Angel as long as he wants to be one, for as much as he feels is fair. Screw Lucifers pet, errrr, Scott Boras - Screw Tony "what have you done for me since the Haren heist?" Reagins. Just get the deal done!! Great read Garret (one "T"...get it ;) LOL)
3 years, 2 months ago on Let's All Talk About How Awesome Jered Weaver Is | April