AF vs. YF

Thanks for the intro, YF! Glad to be aboard. Like YF, I live in New York. However, I grew up in LA, as an Angels fan and Dodgers-hater, courtesy of my Yankee Dad. That also means that I like the Yankees — but not this week. Needless to say, when the Angels won the 2002 World Series, it was pretty much the best day of my life. Actually, going to game 2 that year probably was.

The Angels spanked the Yankees quite hard in the ALDS that year, to everyone’s shock, and I think even though the Red Sox are the bigger fish in this story, there’s still an undercurrent of wanting revenge in this matchup.

And the Angels always play the Yankees hard, and are the only team to have a winning record (49-48) against them in the Torre era. And the Yankees are playing in Anaheim tomorrow because the Angels still own the Yanks this year, too (6-4), which is the deciding factor in their won-lost tie.

The other night, one of the Angels’ TV announcers said that Joe Torre, after the first two games of the 2002 ALDS (a split) looked serious and uncommunicative when travelling to Anaheim for game 3. The next year, Torre was relaxed and talkative at the same point and was asked what the difference was. Torre’s explanation for his concern in 2002 was that the Angels weren’t scared of the Yankees.

In other words, this should be a great series.

A word about the goofy team name: The Angels originally were the Los Angeles Angels, and they actually played in Los Angeles. When I was a kid, they were playing in Anaheim, and I knew them as the California Angels (and, in fact, once at Yankee stadium this year, the out of town scoreboard labelled them CAL, to my surprise), and to me, that will always be their true name.

In 1997, they became the Anaheim Angels, to my displeasure (I am not from Orange County, thankyouverymuch). This year, new owner Arte Moreno is wisely seizing the opportunity to market the team as a winning alternative to the sputtering Dodgers, and in so doing, has renamed them. Contractually, however, they must have Anaheim in the name. Hence, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It’s a stupid name because a) it sounds silly, b) it makes no sense, and c) you could as easily call them the Pittsburgh Angels of Anaheim.

So, I will do as the Angels announcers do, and call them The Angels. That’s their name. Not Anaheim. Not Los Angeles. The Angels.

8 comments… add one
  • Sox fan isnt even a real sox fan, give me a break. Id love to see this guy peddle his propaganda in Boston. You either hate the yankees or love the yankees, you cant just choose to hate them in postseason or the offseason. Buy an Angels hat and jersey, but please dont try to call yourself a Red Sox fan.

    hayman October 3, 2005, 6:44 pm
  • Welcome, Ivan! Here’s to your Halos, or, as I hope to call them over the course of the next few days, “the team that made the Yankees whine, moan, and suck eggs”.

    SF October 3, 2005, 7:27 pm
  • Hayman: I think you misread. Ivan is guest posting here during the Yanks/Angels series. He isn’t me. I am SF, and I hate the Yankees. I don’t root for anyone else, except for whoever is playing the Yankees. This week that includes the Angels. Though I won’t be buying a Vlad shirt, in case you were wondering.

    SF October 3, 2005, 7:30 pm
  • Clearly, they are and will always be the _California_ Angels!

    Fred Vincy October 3, 2005, 8:26 pm
  • Thanks AF, looking forward to tomorrow’s scouting report.

    YF October 3, 2005, 10:46 pm
  • Good post, AF. Hey yfs, here’s the lineup, as quoted from the comments in Bronx Banter:
    Jeter
    Rodriguez
    Giambi
    Sheff
    Matsui
    Cano
    Posada
    Bernie (DH)
    Crosby (CF)
    This is a beautiful lineup, great move by Joe to upgrade in CF. I didn’t think he had it in him.

    tom yf October 4, 2005, 1:08 am
  • And Joe’s ALDS rotation:
    Moose
    Wang
    Unit
    Chacon
    ???
    Moose again on four-days rest for game 5?

    Spidey October 4, 2005, 10:10 am
  • ———————
    The Angels spanked the Yankees quite hard in the ALDS that year, to everyone’s shock …
    ———————
    My wife, a Yankees fan since 1976 and a devoted radio listener to every game since 1996, was not surprised at all.
    She said the Yanks’ pitching was showing itself as soft all season. The only thing she was surprised at was that the other Yankees fans she spoke with didn’t see the loss coming.

    Thanks for bringing in another voice for the DS. … Go Boston!

    Allan October 4, 2005, 10:38 am

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