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Friday, November 23, 2007

Angels Aren't Asking Vlad To Move

The Times is reporting that the Angels are asking Gary Matthews, Jr., not Vlad, about moving to another position on the heels of the Torii Hunter acquisition. Now, that doesn't mean they couldn't change their plans, but it's pretty odd that no such query has landed at Vlad's feet. The 2008 Angels now have the oldest outfield in team history, and Vlad and Anderson, the obvious candidates to stop shagging balls, aren't the first guys to be asked to take a DH vacation?

Update: The hyperbole machine winds up:

Angels fans, I know it's the day after Thanksgiving and you're stuffed, but you should be licking your chops.

Close your eyes and imagine this guy in your outfield. There is a reason Hunter is a seven-time Gold Glove winner. Picture Boston in town. Those Red Sox fans and their incessant "Let's go, Red Sox" are making you nuts. Suddenly, Manny Ramirez drives a ball deep into center field.

There it goes, another Manny home run.

Wait, what's that?

It's Torii Hunter flying high above the center-field wall, arm stretched, glove wide.

Home run stolen.

"Let's go, Red Sox"? Put a sock in it.

I chatted briefly with Rich Lederer yesterday, who said Hunter ought to fit right in with the Angels: low OBP, hacks at everything, aging ... which leads to this obvious rejoinder:
Close your eyes and imagine this guy at the plate. There is a reason Hunter is batting in the middle of this underwhelming lineup. Picture Boston in town. Those Red Sox fans and their incessant “Let’s go, Red Sox” are making you nuts, but the bases are loaded with two outs and Daiske Matsusaka's losing it. Suddenly, on a 3-2 count, Matsusaka throws a fastball 6 inches wide of the plate.

There it is, a bases loaded walk. The game is tied and the rally monkey is jumping.

Wait, what’s that?

It’s Torii Hunter flailing away and topping it weakly to short.

Rally killed.

“Let’s go, Red Sox.”

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