If only it was this easy:
Just in the nick of time, my Angels escaped the cold, bitter chill of the Bronx and came back home to the warm embrace of Southern California and the Angels faithful. What a difference 3000 miles makes and I ain’t just talking about the weather.
Proving once again, that with the Angels there’s no telling where, or from whom, the win will come, Jeff Mathis gave us all something to cheer about. Considering how disappointing (more like heartbreaking) Games 1 and 2 in New York had been, we all knew our boys needed to get back home to change the momentum of the ALCS series. Torii Hunter said he was glad to be back, “…to work on my tan!” And the generous dose of sunshine on Monday, certainly helped.
Now, if you’re expecting some trash talk about the Yankees, I’m afraid I will have to disappoint you. Let’s face it. The Angels and the Yankees are both top-notch teams that are playing below their actual ability. The Yankees were able to take advantage of Angel errors in game 1, but missing was their signature long-ball. The Angels bats were cold…both figuratively and literally. Honestly, I couldn’t help but grab my Angels logo throw blanket to snuggle with on the couch while watching that icy wind rip through Yankees Stadium. Maybe my A/C was on too high. Or could it have been the frozen yogurt I was eating?
Game 2 was just plain nuts. That game, literally, could have gone either way. There were no big heroics, no jaw-dropping plays. Both teams made errors, neither team was able to deliver much of anything with runners in scoring position. It was a 13 inning marathon between two mediocre playing teams. I don’t really understand the purpose of pointing the finger of blame at any one or two players. If you want to pick apart a team’s performance half-way through the season, go for it. Second guess the manager all you want. But when it comes to the play-offs, it’s just a waste of time and energy and can really drive fan morale straight into the ground. Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. The quicker you put a play-off loss behind you, the better. What’s done is done, and you have to look forward with hope and optimism because as a fan, that’s all you can do. To me, the real heroes of that game were the faithful Yankees fans who braved the rain, cold and risk of hypothermia to be there for the final pitch. Kudos to them!
In these tough economic times, it’s nice to know the Angels and the Yankees are doing their part to help fans get the most bang for their ticket buck as they again, threw in a couple of “bonus” innings on Monday. Game 3 looked and felt different than the games in NY. The sky was blue, the sun was shining and I didn’t spot one parka or umbrella in the crowd. But if Angels or Yankees fan were waiting for their team to turn it on or bust out with the kind of play that got them to this point in the first place, they’re still waiting. Instead, the game stayed close, going into the 10th, tied 4-4. And again, it could’ve been anyone’s game. Thankfully, it was the Angels. And kudos to the faithful Angels fans who braved the balmy warm afternoon with just the perfect breeze blowing in from left field and the very real possibility of a touch of sunburn on the bridge of their noses….ha. Just kidding.
Game 4 is just about a half hour away. Scott Kazmir takes the mound for the Angels while CC Sabathia will be back with just 3 days rest. I’m ready to see the Angels play like they have all season…smart, gutsy and balls out. But if I’m being honest, I’ll take a win any way we can get one. Let’s go ANGELS!!!
Angels Baseball…Fan Strong!