October 6, 2005 |
Orlando Cabrera lashed the pitch through a warm wind, raced to first base through an October roar, then pointed to the sky. Look, here they come, he seemed to be signaling. Angels. Swooping down they were, returning as we remember them, bunting and blooping and fastening themselves to the backs of the irritated New York Yankees like a wrinkled pinstripe.
February 26, 2008 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- They haven't reached Angel Stadium yet, but they're approaching the turnstiles. They are Nick Adenhart and Nick Green, right-handers who share the same first name, the same Tempe Diablo Stadium locker and the distinction of being the organization's top pitching prospects. Neither has played above double A, but both are set to open 2008 at triple-A Salt Lake, putting them on Manager Mike Scioscia's depth chart and an injury or two away from the big leagues.
January 7, 2006 |
While Angel owner Arte Moreno has suggested the team could move from Anaheim, and while the city of Anaheim has wondered whether Los Angeles would be the destination, the most likely partner in building a stadium there says Moreno has not discussed any such project with him. "Not once," said AEG President Tim Leiweke. As California cities and counties grow increasingly resistant to funding sports facilities, AEG has built Staples Center and the Home Depot Center, largely with private financing.
August 27, 2006 |
Oy, such a dilemma: You're a Jewish Yankees fan, and the Mets just picked up Shawn Green. The New York papers all have dutifully told the story, as if handed down from the Bible: Green refused to play for the Dodgers on Yom Kippur, just like Sandy Koufax. So, New Yorkers: Do you root for the Yankees or root as a Jew? You can have your bagel and eat it too, as it turns out. Just ask Derek Jeter, who said he saw this T-shirt in Boston: "Jews for Jeter."
July 30, 2008 |
The World Series starts Oct. 22 at Angel Stadium. Or else. The Angels usually speak softly, without carrying a big stick. They got the big stick Tuesday, and they're not shy about telling you why. "We're in it to win a world championship," General Manager Tony Reagins said. Talk isn't cheap, not this time.
May 2, 2006 |
It's the big overhand curve -- a.k.a. the hook, the hammer -- that Oakland left-hander Barry Zito built his reputation on, a pitch so devastating it draws not only the ire of opposing hitters but the awe of opposing pitchers. "I really don't like watching Zito pitch," former Angel left-hander Jarrod Washburn said last season, "because when I see him I think, [shoot], I wish I had that curveball." If Washburn saw Zito Monday night, he might have wished he had Zito's changeup too.