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Friday, July 03, 2009

Abreu, Angels Defeat Matt Wieters, And His Retinue: Angels 5, Orioles 2

To read the mattwietersfacts.com website, you might believe that, Chuck Norris-like etc., etc., etc. Well, no doubt but that he'll be a good, possibly very good player in the Joe Mauer mold very soon, but really, the story was Bobby Abreu and his uncharacteristic two home runs in the very same game; it's something he's done 13 times previously, the last time with the Yanks on September 18, 2008, with the Yankees 9.5 games back of the new-look Rays (the horror, the horror) and days from elimination. Too little, too late, of course, but this year, much earlier and better, especially coming on the heels of a drubbing by his team's division rivals. Bobby, I salute you.

John Lackey was much better than we've seen him lately, and despite giving up a pair of runs he did it over eight innings, and hooray. Just a great cruise to the finish line for the boys tonight, something they haven't had much of lately.

Before I go: Torii Hunter had several great plays in center, including the last out of the ninth on a difficult running catch off Luke Scott's line drive to left-center with a man on first; miss it, and you've got men on second and third easy, and maybe another run across. I was commenting to Helen after the game how, despite my general aversion to owning player-specific memorabilia after having been burned by David Eckstein, I might think about a Hunter t-shirt. He's that good.

Happy 4th of July weekend, everybody.

And only 24 hours (I hope the bribe of some Angels tickets to the AT&T sales guy worked) until I get my new iPhone 3GS.

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Hey, I have a Schoeneweis t-shirt. Top that. (Admittedly, it's not like ever anything close to my favorite Angel, but it's still funny that I have it.)

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