October 25, 2011 |
The three words have chilled Angels fans seemingly every night for the last month, blaring into their homes, echoing through their television sets, a high-definition taunt. For Texas Rangers fans, it is a chant. For Angels fans, it is a cringe. Nap! Oh! Lee! The three words form the name of Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, and all through town you can hear shoes flying through screens. Through five games of the World Series, Napoli is the MVP, and Angels fans are all OMG. For five years, he was their catcher.
October 4, 2011 |
Mike Scioscia is the Angels' problem. And no one wants to say it, let alone hear it. After all, Saint Mike is as loved as they come around here in sports. The daughter bought a refrigerator from Howard's because Mike says that's where you should shop. He might wear red but he's been true blue Southern California since making his plucky debut with the Dodgers in 1980. He's the rock-solid former catcher, nitty-gritty and a roadblock at home plate willing to sacrifice his body for the good of our favorite team.
August 12, 2009 |
The Angels would rather pay reliever Justin Speier $6.5 million not to pitch for them the rest of this season and all of next, giving the veteran right-hander his unconditional release before Tuesday's game with the Tampa Bay Rays. "We felt it was appropriate, not only [for] the organization, but for the player, to make the move now as opposed to getting down the road in the season and making the move at some point later," General Manager Tony Reagins said. By releasing him unconditionally, the Angels essentially granted Speier free agency, allowing him to sign with any club that wants him. However the Angels are responsible for the money left on the four-year, $18-million contract Speier signed with them after the 2006 season.
February 18, 2008 |
I guarantee a title. This year, the Angels stuff the Red Sox. There's a new sheriff in town. Watch out world, here I come. Mike Scioscia? I'm the boss. If he has problems with that, the dude is gone. If you ever hear Polly Reagins' youngest child utter anything remotely similar to those three lines, you will know that just around the bend is the apocalypse. In case you missed it, Polly's youngest is the Angels' new general manager.
October 17, 2007 |
Another fancy news conference, another name change. Introducing the Mike Scioscia Angels of Anaheim. It's his team now, from the kids who fold the towels to the ones who throw the fastballs, from the big-armed prospect in Salt Lake City to the puffy-eyed vet in the corner locker. In hanging out a new shingle for their general manager Tuesday, the Angels were actually reinforcing the cornerstone that is their manager.
October 7, 2009 |
For all the angst Fenway Park seems to cause the Angels, who suffered walk-off losses there in each of their last three American League division series against the Red Sox, they have actually fared worse against Boston in Angel Stadium. While the Angels won a playoff game in Fenway Park last October, a dramatic 5-4, 12-inning victory in Game 3, they are winless in five playoff games against the Red Sox at home since 2004, including Games 1 and 2 last season. "The goal is to win the first two in our house -- one, minimum," Angels pitcher Joe Saun ders said.