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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Simers: Angels are unraveling, but why should anyone care? It’s baseball

Woe woe woe…

I just saw “Olympus Has Fallen,” a truly great shoot-‘em-up, bombs-blasting, suspense thriller of a movie, which explains why I occasionally tune in to an Angels game.

No one crashes and burns like the Angels, a team loaded with talent and high on expectations, only to flop.

What great reality TV it would be to just train a camera on the face of Angry Arte, beginning with inning one against a low-payroll team like Oakland, and then watch him lose it.

He got so angry at the media this past off-season for documenting his mistakes that he moved the press box, which sat next to his luxury suite behind home plate, down to the right-field foul pole.

I worry now where Scioscia might soon be sitting.

Scioscia has already had a team meeting, and I wish I could have seen the grin on the face of Torii Hunter in Detroit when he heard that.

Hunter was the Angels’ yin to Scioscia’s going yang on everyone.

Without Hunter, I worry the Angels will have no soul or voice of reason after listening to Scioscia speak.

Repoz Posted: April 13, 2013 at 09:58 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. AROM Posted: April 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM (#4412951)
He got so angry at the media this past off-season for documenting his mistakes that he moved the press box, which sat next to his luxury suite behind home plate, down to the right-field foul pole.


Seriously? I did not know this. If true, some actual value to a Simers column. Potential for very interesting research into the effect of press box location on gameday strings, an area of research that Colin Wyers has pioneered.
   2. Greg K Posted: April 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM (#4412957)
I just saw “Olympus Has Fallen,” a truly great shoot-‘em-up, bombs-blasting, suspense thriller of a movie

BTF's critical consensus was very different. Who am I to trust?
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM (#4412966)
How did I pick the Mariners to be this year's surprisingly good team, without having any idea that the Angels might be the team they replace in the AL West race?
   4. valuearbitrageur Posted: April 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM (#4412979)
He got so angry at the media this past off-season for documenting his mistakes that he moved the press box, which sat next to his luxury suite behind home plate, down to the right-field foul pole.


I'm sure it was moved just out of spite.

Or because Simers was in it.

Same thing I guess.
   5. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4413046)
Apparently, at least some of the views in the new press box are obstructed view. Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez posted his picture to Twitter from his seat:

View from Angels new press box
   6. Matt Welch Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4413048)
How did I pick the Mariners to be this year's surprisingly good team, without having any idea that the Angels might be the team they replace in the AL West race?

I am asking myself the exact same question.
   7. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:44 PM (#4413070)
   8. pthomas Posted: April 13, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4413233)
The sweep by Oakland was bad enough. But last night's game was horrendous for the Angels. And, the picture of the stunned faces in the dugout after Hamilton's brain fart with one out in the ninth ended the game was pretty telling.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 04:32 PM (#4413268)
The sweep by Oakland was bad enough. But last night's game was horrendous for the Angels. And, the picture of the stunned faces in the dugout after Hamilton's brain fart with one out in the ninth ended the game was pretty telling.


Haven't the Angels faced one of the toughest schedules so far? I think it's a little early to be writing them off, or even seriously worried about them.
   10. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 13, 2013 at 04:40 PM (#4413279)
Getting Cincy, Texas and Oakland to start out is a tough schedule, but it's not just that they've lost, but the way they've lost that's been painful. Beyond that, if you're not competitive against the best teams in the league, that's a pretty good sign that you're not one of the best teams in the league. That's a problem.

The Angels will hit. At some point, Trout and everyone else will swing the bats. But the bullpen was bad last year and it's bad right now, and the starting pitching is worse. The Angels aren't a sub-.500 team, but they play in a very tough division — Texas and Oakland are playoff contenders, and Seattle's probably at least a .500 team, they've lost ground to division rivals, and now they've managed to dig themselves the same hole they were in last year.

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