Inspired by Revisionist History

“The good old days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems”-Billy Joel

Like artists and musicians, former teams and players become better when they become memories. We have a love fest in our minds with Wally Joyner. We can’t give enough praise to Bobby Grich. We debate which of the 2002 heroes should have their numbers retired.

Like artists and musicians, current teams and players are crticised twice as much as they are appreciated. Mike Napoli had all of us fooled and will be going down hill from here. Orlando Cabrera is making way too much money for what he can actually ever do for this team. Howie Kendrick will never live up to the hype. We debate which of the starting pitchers will be the biggest disappointment this year.

Managers aren’t exempt either. That poor Gene Mauch was a great manager who had the worst luck in the world. Mike Scioscia over manages a baseball game (if you see no irony at this point, there is no reason to continue on) and sticks with the veterans too much.

Isn’t it great to apply ourselves like we know everything and deep down know that we know nothing? There is no criticism in that statement. “Experts” don’t know anything more. Therefore, we are all experts.

So, here we are again. We will be heading into a season questioning whether or not our bats can take us to the “Promised Land”.

A good idea is to perhaps be inspired by revisionist history.While the 2002 World Series Champions could hold their own, they didn’t become dominant bats to the baseball world until at least half way through the first round.

Will someone step up and be the 2007 version of Troy Glaus? Will someone step up and be the 2007 version of Garret Anderson? While I can’t figure it out, something seems strange about that second question.

Instead, will we be in for another “wasted” year of great arms due to a lack of bats? Will our bats surprise and have us be let down by what we thought was a certainty?

While it is clear that none of us know, you can be sure that in about 10 months we will have known it all.

Don’t Forget About Kelvim

With John Lackey coming off of back to back outstanding seasons, Ervin Santana winning 28 games in less than two years of Major League service, and Jered Weaver dominating the American League in just more than half a season, fans tend to forget about the Venezuelan Right-hander, under contract for the next three years.

Kelvim Escobar has as good of right-handed stuff as anyone in the Major Leagues, and may be ready to showcase it in 2007. With the talent the Angels possess on the starting staff, any one of these guys is capable of winning 20 games and competing for a Cy Young award. Why not Kelvim? He’s in his prime, entering his 4th year with the Angels, and is reportedly 100 percent healthy. He’ll likely be Mike Scioscia’s number 3 or 4 starter and no longer is pitching for a contract.

Escobar has been a tough luck pitcher for the Angels, posting solid ERAs in each of his three seasons, while getting little run support. If the Angels can produce for him this season, Escobar may finally make his mark as an elite starting pitcher.

Don’t forget about Kevlim! Angel opponents won’t.

Thanks for the memories Darin Erstad

On January 23, 2007, the eleven year relationship between the Los Angeles Angels and Darin Erstad came to an end.

From the diving catches, his reckless abandon on the base-paths and his penchant for getting the hit when the team needed it. Erstad will be remembered as one of the finest hard-nosed players the team has ever had.

His leadership on and off the field is always what impressed me with Erstad moreso than his on the field performances. Erstad with the help of other veterans took to heart Mike Scioscia’s “one game at a time” style of play. It would have been very easy for Angel veterans to ignore that mantra and continue to play for their stats. But it was Erstad who bought into it, and led. The result was a World Series Championship.

A story went around the media after the Game 5 route that the SF Giants put on the Angels. Facing elimination and a glum group of Angels on the team bus back to the airport Erstad stood up in the front of the bus and asked his teammates.

“If you were told in spring training that you’d be two wins away from winning a World Series in October wouldn’t you be excited?”

The mood on the bus lightened up. The Angels let go of Game 5 and the rest was history.

And who was the man at the plate that slammed a solo shot into the right-field stands to bring the team one run closer? It was Erstad.

Thanks for the memories Darin. You will always be in the memories and hearts of Angels fans
around the country.

“Fly ball center field, Erstad says he’s got it, Erstaaaaaad…MAKES THE CATCH! THE ANAHEIM ANGELS ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF BASEBALL! JUST ANOTHER HALO VICTORY!” – Angels radio broadcaster Rory Markas.

The 2007 Angelswin "Sick" Lineup

Well, this is the first post on the Angelswin.com Blog so I thought I’d start off by announcing the Angelswin.com roster & starting lineup’s for the 2007 season. As you all know, Angelswin.com went live following the 2002 championship season and has taken off since.

It was my hope that this site would be created by a fan for the fans. To this day, it has been just that, an expression of my passion for the Angels that has far succeeded any goals or hopes I had for this site. We’ve been on ESPN, Fox Sports, LA Times, Washington Post and interviewed live twice, representing you the fans on KNX 1070 AM in So. California during the controversial name change news & trial.

We’ve also gained respect not only from the media as “The Voice of the Halo Fans” but from the Angels FO. Eddie Bane, Tony Reagins, Tim Mead & even owner Arte Moreno have aknowledged Angelswin.com with high regard. We’re so very grateful for their acknowledgement and contributions to our Angelswin online community.

Still, even with all that, it is you the fans and Angelswin team that makes this thing work. It brings me pleasure to announce this year’s 2007 lineup and roster. Look for these guys to tickle your itching ears throughout the season & offseason bloggin’ here and posting on our message board over there: http://www.angelswin.com/forum/category-view.asp?catlock=1

So with no further ado….

2007 lineup:
CF – Alex (yk9000): He’s the perfect table setter, gets things going.
2B – Justin (RallyMo): Contact hitter, quick, team player and a professional
1B- Geoff (LightTheHalo): Power hitter, swings from the “Left” side among other things
SS – Lou (iebruin): Move over A-Rod, this guy can do it all, need a lawyer?
DH – Brian (Angel25Fan): Proven veteran, power to all fields, drives them in, out and crazy
RF – Barry (Barringer): Pure hitter, big upside and is a strong defender in right
C – Jeremy (jwbrown77): No, this isn’t the C on the A’s, JW swings a mean stick from the left side of the plate
3B – Adam (Adam Dodge): Who says we need someone at the hot corner? Clubhouse clown
LF – Eric (JabronieRamone): Scouts compare him to a David Eckstein, gets on base and is quick

Reserves: Jeff22view, Halo-, xboom28x, Angelsfansjm, Chonito, Bloodbrother, AngelStew43, mulwin444, & Catwhoshatinthehat

Rotation:
SP – Tony (BigDel): Ace of the rotation, flame thrower, big bodied innings & food eater
SP – Craig (HaloNArizona):
SP – Victor (Victor):
SP – Paul (DowningRules):
SP – Tank (Halo Tank):

RP – Thomas (ChiliDavisEyez):
RP – Tim (Disarcina):
RP – Gordon (GogoTheHalofan):
RP – James (Halo82):

Setup Man
RP – Kurt (crampknees): Coming off knee surgery but still has a nasty knee buckling curve

Closer
RP – Sean (Red321): One of the best closers in the game. 3-2-1 you’re out!

Coaching Staff: Kevin (Coachbulldog), Paul (Pablo), Phil (wopphil), Brent (ucsbhubs), & Penny (Salome13).

Statistician: Charles (CharlesonMac)

Manager – Bruce (AngelInRed): Technically he’s the best in the game!

Owner & GM – Chuck Richter (chuckyy): F’n StoneChuck

* Others of note*

Team heckler: Mark (calscuf)

Booster club: Patti (Pattimelt)

Top Prospects: Bonglor, YouthofToday, Phenom07, Halos Rock, Chrispie, Saangels, elbooboo, HaloGator, SuperDave, Angelsjunky, MountCyanide, Reilec, calicoolguy, ShaneTyler, WS02game6, FanSince64, Punxsy, Milwaukee Halo, Revrobby & Floglag

There isn’t enough time or blog space to acknowledge everyone whether you’re the occasional posters on our message board or just daily subscibers and readers that support and contribute in other ways to Angelswin.com. You do not go unoticed!