Remember when everyone felt bad for the Angels?
Yes, that was quite a long time ago. Their futility when they used to be the California Angels was the stuff of legends. It even merited a movie that starred Danny Glover, Tony Danza and a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, pre-, well, everything.
I’m going to go ahead and stop feeling sorry for them. Actually, we all should have in 2002 when they won the World Series.
And we really should have stopped when they changed their name from the California Angels to the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
You’re not fooling anyone, Angels owner Artie Moreno. We know Anaheim is absolutely, positively not L.A. The Dodgers secretly laugh at you.
Finally, the sympathy should have just flat-out died when the Angels started pouring money into players, and those players picked the second they set foot in Angels Stadium (or whatever it’s called now) to underachieve. And yes, I’m talking to you, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton!
Normally, I would have no problem with the Angels and their mediocre performance this season. But they just so happen to be in a position to help out the Cleveland Indians and their quest to make it into the playoffs as a Wild Card. They boys from Anaheim (Not L.A. Seriously, guys!) are closing out the season against the Texas Rangers, the team a game behind the Tribe.
And what are the Angels doing? Well, exactly what you’d expect them to do: Show some fight then ultimately roll over in the end.
This was such a great investment of $142 million in payroll. The New York Yankees that their performance was outstanding in proportion to what they spent.
We can hope that the Angels don’t completely phone it in this weekend, Tribe fans. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.