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.
February 7, 2009 |
It is not exactly a death in the family, because it is baseball. Plus, the dearly departed is alive and healthy and will be doing quite well financially, thank you. But when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim take the field at Angel Stadium on April 6 for opening day 2009, the roll call will be, most likely, missing one familiar "here." After 14 full seasons in Anaheim, Garret Anderson will be wearing somebody else's uniform.
September 9, 2009 |
While the Angels were on the road, clubhouse manager Ken Higdon received a trial shipment of Rawlings' new S100 batting helmets. And though the manufacturer says the new headgear is capable of withstanding a 100-mph pitch, Higdon said Tuesday no one has approached him to try one on. "It was just too bulky. It reminded me more of a football helmet," said catcher Jeff Mathis , who claims he "broke his face" when he was hit in the cheek by a pitch in his first full professional season in 2002.
May 6, 2005 |
Darin Erstad played through the emotional trauma of a painful divorce in 2001, fought major hamstring injuries the last two years and has endured constant criticism for not generating enough power for a corner infielder making $8 million a season.
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.
January 27, 2005 |
Anaheim taxpayers could face a million-dollar legal bill if the City Council proceeds to a trial in its lawsuit against the Angels, but two members of the council said Wednesday that amount would not necessarily deter them. "The spending of any money gives us pause," Mayor Curt Pringle said. "But we're spending money for a purpose that is right and to defend the economic value of our name."
December 14, 2007 |
Sixteen former Angels and Gary Matthews Jr. were connected to performance-enhancing drugs in baseball when the Mitchell Report was released Thursday. One of them, Adam Riggs, was responsible for introducing a steroid connection to Angels teammates, according to the report. Riggs, an infielder in the Dodgers organization from 1994 to 2000, joined the Angels in 2003.