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Monday, January 14, 2013

Angels Legend Scott Spiezio To Serve As A2 Grand Marshall

Screw bselig/bselig…password SPIEZIO is where it’s at!

Feld Motor Sports® announced today that former Angel and World Series Champion Scott Spiezio will serve as the Grand Marshal at Angel Stadium on January 19 for the third stop of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Spiezio will be available for photographs and interviews on Media Day in the Diamond Club at Angel Stadium on Thursday, January 17 at Noon PT.

A special ticket offer has been made to Angels Baseball fans in honor of Spiezio. For a limited time only, adults can save $12 and purchase tickets for just $23 by using the password SPIEZIO at www.Ticketmaster.com. Offer valid in the $35 price level only and expires on Friday, January 18, 2013. The $23 ticket price is in honor of Spiezio’s jersey number during the 2002 World Series.

...To commemorate this iconic event, the Angels dedicated a red seat in Spiezio’s honor during the team’s 10-year anniversary of its World Series title last August. The 40-year-old father of three who lives in Morris, Ill., trotted out from right field to the pitcher’s mound as the unveiling took place in the sacred corner of the stadium. Coincidentally, the place where Spiezio’s celebrated home run landed is just steps away from the staging area for the riders of Monster Energy Supercross, who are looking to create Angel Stadium greatness with their own performance.

“Looking back at my career, Angel Stadium will always have a special place in my heart, and, while the venue is home to baseball, it also serves as a special place for the world’s top racers that compete in Monster Energy Supercross,” said Spiezio. “It always amazed me how our field could be transformed into a racetrack and returned to its natural state in a seamless manner. This same place is where I, along with some of the greatest teammates I have ever had, laid claim to the Angels first World Series Championship.”

While Spiezio’s prowess on the baseball field will forever remain cherished by the loyal Angels fans, he is now enjoying the next chapter in his life, which includes his appreciation for Monster Energy Supercross.

“Baseball is a team sport, but when you are one-on-one with a pitcher, the individual aspect comes into play, and I see the parallels between this moment in a game and supercross,” added Spiezio. “Even though each racer has a team behind them, they have to go out on the track and apply their skills against 19 other top racers.”

Repoz Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:05 PM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SG Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4346953)
Legend?
   2. SteveM. Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:24 PM (#4346960)
i see we are now loosely throwing around the word legend. I am sure this means at the upcoming Cubs convention, they will trot out legendary Cub Larry Biittner.
   3. Crosseyed and Painless Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:35 PM (#4346972)
I'm an Internet Legend.
   4. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:36 PM (#4346973)
Didn't Spiezio hit the big HR in the Angels Game 6 comeback in 2002? Legend might still be a little strong.

Also, didn't Spiezio have some kind of terrible drinking problem at some point? Sounds like he's cleared that up, which is good.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:41 PM (#4346976)
Legend might still be a little strong.


He's easily one of the top ballplayers to play in Sandfrog.

   6. Esmailyn Gonzalez Sr. Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:46 PM (#4346983)
Over/under on the number of complaints of a faulty password because people can't spell SPEIZIO...SPEZIO...SPEEZIO...SPEIZEO...dammit!
   7. JJ1986 Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:46 PM (#4346985)
Didn't Spiezio hit the big HR in the Angels Game 6 comeback in 2002?


I think he graded out as the best clutch hitter for years that we have data for.
   8. Shredder Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:49 PM (#4346989)
Well, it does call him "Angels Legend", which is a pretty low bar. He did have arguably the greatest at bat in the history of the franchise.
   9. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: January 14, 2013 at 05:55 PM (#4346992)
Who is the sportswriter (from Pittsburgh, I think), who said his favorite sports were baseball and superbike racing?
   10. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: January 14, 2013 at 06:01 PM (#4347001)
I first read this in the sidebar as "AZ Grand Marshall", which raised all sorts of questions. Sheriff Joe was heavily involved in those...
   11. KJOK Posted: January 14, 2013 at 06:30 PM (#4347028)
Also, didn't Spiezio have some kind of terrible drinking problem at some point? Sounds like he's cleared that up, which is good.


Yes, I think it may have been August 2007 that he became so bad the Cardinals got him some type of help. Not sure if his problems were related to Josh Hancock's death that April, but it's possible they were friends and/or drinking buddies.

   12. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: January 14, 2013 at 07:19 PM (#4347052)
While Spiezio’s prowess on the baseball fieldone stupid World Series home run will forever remain cherished by the loyal Angels fans


Fixed that for you.
   13. beer on a stick Posted: January 14, 2013 at 07:22 PM (#4347054)
I'm an Internet Legend.


Big deal...I'm a legend in my spare time.
   14. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: January 14, 2013 at 07:31 PM (#4347058)
In college, I was legendary for being the one person who didn't have the Bob Marley "Legend" CD.
   15. phatj Posted: January 14, 2013 at 07:49 PM (#4347065)
Great tag.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: January 14, 2013 at 07:56 PM (#4347069)
I am Scott Spiezio in my own mind.
   17. The District Attorney Posted: January 14, 2013 at 08:21 PM (#4347078)
   18. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 14, 2013 at 08:28 PM (#4347083)
Google "Scott Spezio" and the pictures of the Angel legend come up in a Cards uniform.
   19. OCF Posted: January 14, 2013 at 08:51 PM (#4347096)
So if Spezio is a legend, who else is a legend?

Francisco Cabrera?
Sandy Amoros?
Don Larsen?
   20. Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 14, 2013 at 09:37 PM (#4347113)
Blue Jays legend Pat Borders?

   21. jobu Posted: January 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM (#4347135)
Royals legend Darryl Motley
   22. McCoy Posted: January 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM (#4347144)
Mickey Morandini
Lloyd McClendon
Manny Mota
Ken Oberkfell
Lonnie Smith
Denny Walling
Mariano Duncan
   23. flournoy Posted: January 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM (#4347152)
So if Spezio is a legend, who else is a legend?

Francisco Cabrera?


Yes. Obviously!

I love how Google suggests, upon searching for Cabrera, that people also searched for Sid Bream, Stan Belinda, Mike LaValliere, Doug Drabek, and Brian Hunter.
   24. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: January 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM (#4347164)
I love how Google suggests, upon searching for Cabrera, that people also searched for Sid Bream, Stan Belinda, Mike LaValliere, Doug Drabek, and Brian Hunter.

I always think of poor Jeff King, too. From the behind home plate replay, you see him jump into the air and pump his fist in exultation anticipating an "out" call. When "safe" gets signaled, he goes down like he'd been shot.
   25. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: January 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM (#4347204)
One huge world series home run is perfectly enough to be an XX team legend. Jim Leyritz could be a yankee legend if it weren't for the various unpleasantness.
   26. Walt Davis Posted: January 15, 2013 at 12:03 AM (#4347206)
Seeing as how the Cubs only lost one game total in the 1907-08 Seria, I guess the closest thing we have to a legend is Spike Owen for winning the Sandberg game.
   27. Shredder Posted: January 15, 2013 at 01:56 AM (#4347284)
Well he wasn't quite on a par with Francisco Cabrera, the obvious parallel aside. He was more than just one big at bat in 2002. He hit 327/424/600 in the 2002 post-season, with a then record 19 RBIs, and he was a hell of a defensive first baseman that year. Cabrera had like ten at bats all season.
   28. The District Attorney Posted: January 15, 2013 at 02:07 AM (#4347287)
Cabrera IIRC had a really good minor league resume. I seem to recall Bill James liking him a lot as a prospect. It's unclear to me why he never became a regular.
   29. Transmission Posted: January 15, 2013 at 02:25 AM (#4347290)
Walt - we don't even have that. It was Dave Owen.
   30. Walt Davis Posted: January 15, 2013 at 05:21 PM (#4347758)
I suppose at one time I knew that Spike Owen and Dave Owen weren't the same guy. However I never knew until just now that Spike Owen's real first name is ... Spike.

Well, he's on the all-Buffy team:

C: Richard (Rick) Wilkins (the Mayor)
1B: Hal Chase (no Cordelias in baseball, only a vague Willow)
2B: Spike Owen
SS: Oz(zie) Smith
3B: Xander Bogaerts
LF: Cory Snyder
CF: Angel Pagan
RF: Brian Giles (not cheating, Giles was his last name)
P: Wes(ley) Ferrell
PH: Champ Summers

Sexy babe: Eliza Dushku (what, you DON'T want her on the team?)

Apologies to Wes Covington but we needed a pitcher.

EDIT: And I demand a spot for the all-Buffy team in the birthday leagues
   31. JJ1986 Posted: January 15, 2013 at 05:26 PM (#4347766)
   32. Transmission Posted: January 15, 2013 at 05:39 PM (#4347784)
# 30 - That's fantastic.
   33. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: January 15, 2013 at 07:57 PM (#4347861)
One huge world series home run is perfectly enough to be an XX team legend.
Not only was it a huge World Series home run, it was the single most important hit in Angel history. That counts for something around these parts.

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