Wednesday, October 29, 2014


By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

I’m not the biggest Bud Selig fan. There were a lot of actionsand a lot of failed opportunitiesthat happened on his watch.

But, there are two significant changes to the game of baseball for which I have to give him praise. First, the decision to allow a Wild Card team into the post season has been a dramatic improvement to the sport. Second, the decision to expand the Wild Card format from one team to two is worthy of praise.

No serious Angels fan can ever be opposed to the Wild Card. Without that, we never would have captured our first World Series Championship.

As I have said many times, hope is the currency of baseball. It’s what sparks the passion in spring, and keep the fires warm late in summer. The Wild Card teams have added more hope for more fans than any other change to the sport. It has kept the game alive to the last day of the season for many teams, adding drama to what had previously been an insignificant event for so many years. While I would not expand the Wild Card format (two teams is enough), I believe that this change has made the game of baseball far more appealing, interesting, and relevant in today’s evolving entertainment market.

Of the two teams in this year's World Series, credit has to be given to the Royals for showing that the system still works. There’s no denying that there is a financial imbalance in the sport with rich teams and poor teams. Personally, I am a fan of a payroll cap and a commensurate floor to guarantee that shared revenues are spent on the sport, not the lining other owners pockets. But, the Royals have shown that the present system can and still does work for small market teams.

I have no problem with rich market teams making it to the playoffs more often than poor market teams. Rich market teams tend to have larger fan bases, who tend to pay more, resulting in more revenue that is shared to the poorer markets. The fans of those teams need to have their hopes fulfilled more often so that they continue to support the game financially, otherwise the finances for some of the small market teams will fall apart. For fans of the small market teams, the large market teams become the villains of the game, making wins against them more special. It creates an inherent drama for the sport.

But, without any hope for small market teams, the game would fall apart. After a while, it would get boring seeing the same teams playing in the World Series year in and year out. There needs to be some way for turn-over at the elite level, otherwise the overall sport will suffer. As much as I wanted to see the Angels in the World Series this year, I accept the fact that we were beaten by a better, hotter team in the playoffs.

And that’s why credit needs to be given to the Royals. They have shown that through proper drafting, deft trading, and key free-agent signings, a team from any market can make it to the World Series. With 14 home-grown players (including 2 international signings), 9 players acquired via trades, and 2 free agent signings, the Royals turned themselves from perpetual doormats to red carpet heroes. Because of the way baseball hands out draft picks, and, with some caps in place making financial considerations less important to the draft, any team can turn itself around over time. Hope still exists for all franchises.

More importantly, the Royals reminded every other club in baseball that there is more than one way to develop a World Series team. While good pitching is a must, on the offensive side of the game, there are ways to maximize market inefficiencies to develop contending teams. To get to the World Series, the Royals, who scored the 14th most runs in all of baseball (641), had to beat the Angels, who scored the most runs in all of baseball (773). They also had to beat the Orioles, who hit the most homeruns in all of baseball (211), while they hit the fewest (95). They did so by stealing the most bases in all of baseball (153) whereas the Angels stole the 22nd most (81) and the Orioles the least amount (44).

To win the World Series, the Royals have to beat a very comparable team in San Francisco. Offensively, the Giants scored the 12th most runs in baseball (665). And, in terms of pitching, the Giants had the 10th best ERA at 3.50 compared to the Royals who had the 12th best ERA at 3.51. The big difference between the team is in payroll, where the Giants had nearly 168% of the Royals payroll ($154,185,878 vs. $92,034,345). The Giants have the 7th highest payroll in baseball whereas the Royals have the 11th lowest (19th overall).

At the outset of the World Series, some fans speculated if the Royals would collapse on the grand stage. This claim was bolstered by their loss in Game 1, which made them look like a streaky team that made it through the American League just by getting hot at the right time. But, they came back to life and showed that not only did they belong in the World Series, they have the ability to win it all.

Now I have no illusion that all small market teams will be able to compete at the World Series level as often or for as prolonged a period as a large market team. As the stars on the Royals hit free agency, they will be offered more lucrative contracts by other clubs, who will undoubtedly outbid the Royals, and the Royals will have to start the process all over again. Once again the process of rebuilding will take longer for the Royals because with their success, they will have lower draft picks, meaning that they are more likely to suffer from lower quality in development. This will open the door for another smaller market team, that follows a similar path of smart player development, to make it to the World Series, and stoking the passions of its fans.

But the fact that the Royals have made it to Game 7 of the World Series, and have the possibility of winning it all shows that the baseball system still works. No matter what happens in Game 7, they Royals have once again given fans in every market hope. As the Royals have shown, all teams, regardless of market size, can make it to the October Classic if they follow a sound plan. So, good for the Royal—they are good for baseball.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at AngelsWin.com we've focused our attention on our writers, contributors & website members throughout the 2014 calendar year. Today we put the spotlight on Robert Cunningham. Robert, or 'ettin' (his member name on our community forum) has been a tremendous contributor to both online discussion and in-depth articles for our blog. Robert's pre-season article on Hector Santiago found its way on MLB Trade Rumors which later led to Peter Gammons joining our website. 

Let's get to know Robert a bit more in today's AngelsWin.com Member Appreciation Interview.

AngelsWin.com: When and how did you first come to AngelsWin.com?

(ettin): I first lurked back in late 2009 after the Angels had made it fairly deep in the postseason. The thought had popped in my head that maybe there were some Angels forums out there and when I did a Google search AW.com was the one that caught my eye. After about a year and a half I started actively posting and then, when the Angels signed Albert Pujols, I was inspired to write my first article, "Masterstroke" at the end of 2011. The rest has been history.

AngelsWin.com:  What keeps you coming back to the site?

(ettin): I love reading and writing articles about the Angels. I've pulled back from overly posting too much as I sometimes find myself getting a little too emotional in my responses. :) In particular I really like the Minor League reports, updates, and Top 50 Prospect List each year.

AngelsWin.com:  What have been some of your favorite articles and threads?

(ettin): Saltzer's articles really seem to strike a chord with me. "A Roll of Quarters" was one of my most favorite pieces in recent memory from anywhere on the Internet. I become particularly fascinated when I see a thread start that clearly has no meaningful existence and suddenly it snowball's sideways into some bizarre Twilight Zone episode of 10+ pages. I get sucked in somehow and feel simultaneously dumb and thrilled at the same time.

AngelsWin.com:  What in-person events have you attended from AngelsWin.com (Spring/Summer Fanfests, Charity Golf, Charity Softball)?

(ettin): Recently, for the very first time, I attended the Angels Fanfest tailgate just a few months back and got to meet many of the faces behind the e-sig's here on the site! In the future I'd like to attend more but that is currently dictated by my work schedule which has been very fierce over the last year and a half.

AngelsWin.com:  Why is AngelsWin.com your internet home for the Angels?

(ettin): The host, Mr. Richter, has been gracious in welcoming me into the AW.com writing community and so I use it as an outlet to share my opinions about Angels baseball with other great, like-minded individuals. As I pointed out above the articles and Minor League discussions fascinate me.

AngelsWin.com:  In your opinion, what is AngelsWin.com’s best feature: the articles, charitable events, game-day chat, message boards, Fanfests, podcasts, etc?

(ettin): The articles first and foremost but after attending a Fanfest event I can say that I'd love to attend more as I am able. I suspect the charity events are even more fun so I'll try to get to one in the coming seasons.


Ligther Side


AngelsWin.com:  Where do you live and what do you do?

(ettin): I live in Palos Verdes, CA and am an aerospace engineer working for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

AngelsWin.com: Why are you an Angels fan?

(ettin): Growing up my parents would drive us on field trips from where we lived, in Santa Maria, CA, down to see Angels and Dodgers games. These were really great and I found myself particularly rooting for the Angels as time went by and really settled in as an Angels fan in the early 80's.

AngelsWin.com:  What was your first Angels game that you remember? Who’d you go with?

(ettin): Unfortunately I was  young kid when I attended my first game so I don't remember which one it was. I know I was with my mom, dad, and brother which was always a good thing! :)

AngelsWin.com:  Who have been your favorite players? Why? Any great stories or interactions with them?

(ettin): My favorite Angels hero was Brian Downing. Others over the years included Doug DeCinces, Bobby Grich, Bob Boone, Wally Joyner, Mike Witt, etc. For a while after my parents passed in the early to mid 90's I didn't watch for a while but players like Chili Davis and then later Darin Erstad, Vladimir Guerrero (rivals Downing in my book), Erick Aybar, Jered Weaver, Peter Bourjos, and of course Mike Trout. One time when I was about 13 years old my family was in Las Vegas and we were walking through the hotel we were staying at and I saw Rod Carew. I wasn't sure it was him at first glance but then I quickly became sure but couldn't work up the nerve to get his autograph.

AngelsWin.com:  How do you survive the offseason?

(ettin): Hot Stove, hot stove, and more hot stove. I notice that I tend to write more articles in the off-season than I do during the season so when I have time free from work I imagine I'll pump out some articles that everyone can either praise or lambast as needed! :)

AngelsWin.com: What’s one thing you’d like everyone in AngelsWin.com to know about you?

(ettin): I love my wife, Firozeh, and my three dogs, Blackie, Tweety Bird, and Bella! Love any type of games and in particular for the last 2 years I've wasted an inordinate amount of time playing League of Legends online under, unsurprisingly, the handle of 'ettinone'. Love baseball and space not necessarily in that order.

Monday, October 27, 2014


By Rob Goldman, AngelsWin.com Historical Writer - 

Edison International Field, October 26, 2002

Scott Spiezio knew he’d hit it well. How well, he wasn’t sure; but from the moment he turned on the Felix Rodriguez fastball, he felt it had a chance to go out. As he left the batter’s box and headed for first base, the crowd became eerily silent. Spiezio stared at the ball he had crushed just moments before, now hanging high in the sky.

“Please, God, make the ball go out! Please!,” he thought to himself.

Spiezio had tattooed the low inside fastball. He had put his absolute best swing on it. And as Rodriguez whirled around to spot his pitch sailing high above the outfield grass, Spiezio paused momentarily to revel in the moment. Had he just erased 40 years of bad breaks and bad luck for the Angels? Was the misfortune of one franchise vanquished with one swing of his bat? 

At that moment, the person best equipped to answer that question was Giants right fielder Reggie Sanders. Although Sanders was well aware of the game-changing potential of the ball headed in his direction, he was unaware of the emotional baggage that came along with it. He was too focused on the present to be concerned with the ghosts of Angels past. 

Although the Giants were ahead 5-0, Sanders had been around long enough to know that in the postseason, momentum can change in a flash. As he raced to the warning track, Spiezio was frozen between home and first. Just like the ball, he, too, was suspended in limbo.
“Push it out, God! Push it out!” He screamed inside his head.

No matter who or what your beliefs may reside in—God, fate, baseball superstition, or curses—it’s certain that something had kept the Angels at bay for 40 years. Something had seen to it that the Angels remained a frustrated franchise, occasionally on the cusp of greatness, but never able to grasp it. So why would tonight be any different?

Something suggested that it just might. Maybe it was the electric undercurrent that charged its way through a restless crowd. Throughout this wild month of October, the underdog Angels had accomplished amazing feats. They had out muscled the heavily-favored Yankees three games to one in the divisional series. They had out pitched the Twins with relative ease to clinch the American League pennant. Now it was Game 6 of the 2002 World Series, and the Angels were staring down defeat. Just nine outs stood between the Giants and a World Series trophy. It was time for David to pull back on his slingshot and launch a killer stone at Goliath. It was time for the mighty Giants and the magnificent Barry Bonds to fall. 

The slingshot in this case was Spiezio’s T141 black Louisville Slugger. Just days earlier, Spiezio had been spotted among the fake rocks beyond the centerfield fence at Edison International Stadium yielding another weapon: his electric guitar, which he smashed into the ground—a la The Who’s Pete Townsend—during the filming of a team promotional video. Spiezio’s brash style and Generation X attitude epitomized the modern player. He shared nothing in common with Donnie Moore, Gene Mauch, and the ghosts of Angels past. Those Angels were long gone. It was time to make a mark for the new Angels. 

The 2002 Angels had already proven that the team had the potential to be an instrument of change. Now, Scott Spiezio was poised to be the messenger and deliver the Angels into a new era of baseball. He was used to the bright lights of the small stage as front man of an alternative rock band, but never had Spiezio been on a stage so massive with lights beaming so bright. On this night, Spiezio would thrust himself onto center stage of the baseball universe. 

* * *

Miles away from Edison International Stadium at his home in La Quinta, California, Albie Pearson was saying a little prayer as well. Prayer came easily to Pearson, an ordained minister since the 1970s. An original Angel, Pearson had patrolled centerfield for the club during its first five seasons. Now, surrounded by grandkids and bowls of fresh popcorn, Pearson felt like shouting as he watched the game on TV, but instead he repeated his quiet, fervent petition, “Please, God, make it go out!” 

In Houston, Texas, where he was promoting a boxing match, the Angels’ first and only Cy Young Award winner squinted at his battery-operated TV and smiled a wicked smile. Dean Chance had been writing daily reports on the World Series for the L.A. Times and bragging to anyone who would listen that the Angels would beat the Giants in four straight. “It’s meant to happen,” Chance told himself as Spiezio paused between home and first. “Unbelievable.”

“If only Gene could see this!” thought Jim Fregosi, as he leaned toward the big-screen TV in his living room in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Gene Autry’s “Fair-haired Boy,” Fregosi had carried the franchise on his back during its first 10 seasons. In his heart he had always been an Angel. Now he was a speechless one.

“Shouldn’t have taken this long,” thought a reflective Alex Johnson, watching the game in his Detroit, Michigan home. “We should’ve won the damned thing in ’ 70!” For Johnson, the only Angel to ever win a batting title, the moment was bittersweet. The controversial slugger-turned-mechanic still believed the 1970 Angels were the real team of destiny, not this one.

But there was nothing but joy in a hotel room in San Antonio, Texas. “It’s their year!” rejoiced Nolan Ryan, watching the game on his hotel room TV. The players’ collective effort had impressed Ryan, who fully understood that teamwork—more than anything else—was the trait that brought about championships.

“Yes, we can! Yes, we can! It’s happening all over again!” Don Baylor shouted to his wife in the living room of their home in La Quinta. Baylor was referring to his 1979 MVP season, when fans chanting “Yes, we can! Yes, we can!” helped propel the Angels to their first divisional title.

A proud Rod Carew was also watching the game on TV from his California home in Cota De Caza. Just two hours earlier he’d been at the stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He left after that to go home and look after his wife. As the Angels’ hitting coach in the mid-’90s, Carew had taught many of the current Angels their batting skills. 

Reggie Jackson was at the stadium entertaining friends in an upstairs suite. The former Angels superstar knew a thing or two about October magic, and what was happening out on the field looked like the genuine article to him. 

“We should have taken those tickets!” Jim Abbott whispered to his wife at the CafĂ© Zulu restaurant in Laguna Beach, California. The former Angel pitching ace had declined the team’s offer of tickets due to a prior commitment. Now, as he sat transfixed—like everyone else in the restaurant—by the scene on the television, a wave of regret swept over him. If the Angels pulled it out tonight, Abbott would throw out the first ball for Game 7 tomorrow, and it would take a building falling on him for him to miss that one.

Up in the stadium press box, Jackie Autry was on her feet. Only moments before, wearing her late husband’s Stetson cowboy hat and waving a rally monkey, Mrs. Autry had energized the dispirited crowd. She stood in awe as Spiezio’s blast hung in the darkening sky, gritted her teeth, and whispered, “C’mon, do it for Gene! Win it for the Cowboy!”

Reggie Sanders could care less about cowboys. As he retreated to the outfield wall, Spiezio’s crushing blow fell from the black sky. Sanders leapt into the fence, his hip inadvertently hitting the foam padding lining it. The ball landed beyond his reach, disappearing into the second row of the right field stands. The stadium erupted in acknowledgment that something was indeed happening—a new chapter in Angels history was being penned on the fly as Spiezio rounded the bases and touched home plate.

Somewhere a cowboy was singing….



© 2006, Once They Were Angels, A History of the Team, Robert Goldman  
www.makingofapitcher.com

Friday, October 17, 2014


As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at AngelsWin.com we've focused our attention on our writers, contributors, moderators & website members. Today we put the spotlight on our moderator, contest admin and long time member, Tom Anderson. Tom, who goes by "tomsred" on our forum is both an active contributor in discussions and has headed up our Gameday Prediction Thread contests over the past few years. Tom attends nearly every charity event and our popular fanfest events all year round and is just an overall great guy!  

Let's get to know Tom a bit more in today's Member Appreciation Interview.

AngelsWin.com: When and how did you first come to AngelsWin.com?

(tomsred): I used to participate on the Angels' official site message board for a few years. There got to be too many personal insults between posters, and then I found AngelsWin a few years ago. I'm happy we have a code of conduct, and good moderation. I also think the quality and depth of the posts here are far superior to any other baseball site I've found, plus all the wonderful articles and interviews are great too. It's also a wonderful way to keep up with the young players in the system.

AngelsWin.com: What keeps you coming back to the site?

(tomsred): It's like a one stop shop for anything and everything related to Angels news. If the news breaks, we get it posted here first with lots of good analysis. My wife became interested in baseball later in her life, but now it's her number one sport (it's been fun to see her so into it), and I like to get the news first before she does. It always disappoints her when I find out something Angels' related before she does. 

AngelsWin.com: What have been some of your favorite articles and threads?

(tomsred): This site has some terrific and imaginative writers, I like the really funny ones. I don't like to take baseball too seriously, but I'm still passionate about the Angels. I actually think baseball is a great sport to have fun with, so I love the funny stories that get posted, and especially all the great pictures and videos that frequently show up.

AngelsWin.com: What in-person events have you attended from AngelsWin.com (Spring/Summer Fanfests, Charity Golf, Charity Softball)?

(tomsred): My wife and I like to go to Tempe for Spring training, We go to the Spring Fanfest and a few games. I've done the charity golf, and the tailgate hangouts are great too. I gave up softball a number of years ago after I ruptured my right calf trying to decide whether to run to second, or return to first, on sinking line drive in a company softball game. The result wasn't good! I'm a Vietnam veteran, so I learned early in life to protect my body from bad stuff.

AngelsWin.com: Why is AngelsWin.com your internet home for the Angels?

(tomsred): It's so comprehensive and it's fun to have a specific interest like this that can be shared with others that have a similar passion. I am always amazed over the angles that some of these discussions can take, but I particularly like the ones that get on a roll and really poke fun at something. Some of you have a vivid imagination!

AngelsWin.com: In your opinion, what is AngelsWin.com’s best feature: the articles, charitable events, game-day chat, message boards, Fanfests, podcasts, etc?

(tomsred): Well, I like the message board (The Angels Daily is virtually the only message board I participate in anywhere). It's really great that this site has found some great charities to support, there are lots of needs in this community, so I would encourage that. The Spring training Fanfest is fantastic too, and it has really, really grown into a terrific event.

Ligther Side


AngelsWin.com: Where do you live and what do you do?

(tomsred): I live in Newport Coast. I am a retired Chief Financial Officer from several public companies in the military, aerospace, and computer industries. I work part time as a Corporate Director of a large semiconductor and electronic systems company in Orange County today. On the personal side, I like playing golf, and traveling in the Western U.S. with my wife and our two terrier dogs.

AngelsWin.com: Why are you an Angels fan?

(tomsred): I moved to Southern California from the Midwest in 1978, and instantly found Nolan Ryan and company, and I adopted them. I was living in Camarillo, and I could barely get the games on the radio, so I endured a lot of buzzing in my head from trying to position my transistor radio close to my ear for best reception. The big treat was going to the Stadium for a few games each year, but wow what a tough drive, and late night's before a work day, those were.

AngelsWin.com: What was your first Angels game that you remember? Who’d you go with?

(tomnsred): I'm sure it was in 1978, but I don't honestly remember. My very first game was to watch the Cincinnati Reds with my dad in their old Crosley Field, I never saw so many beer signs on a wall before, and everyone was smoking. I loved my baseball card collection, but it's all gone now. When we moved from Ohio to Michigan, my cards never got packed, I carried them in the car the whole way. The baseball game I remember the most was a game my wife and I attended in Chicago (while living there) in 1972, It was a White Sox doubleheader, and it was cold and rainy. My wife was pregnant, and the next day she gave birth to our daughter. That's baseball, it will even induce child birth, LOL.

AngelsWin.com: Who have been your favorite players? Why? Any great stories or interactions with them?

(tomsred): My favorite for many years was Brian Downing, and I still have his jersey. I try to wear it once each year, but it's getting harder and harder to put on. I hope it's because it shrinks every time it gets washed, but reality says that's a pipe dream. I never get tired of the Angels video of Brian Downing and Fred Lynn crashing together in the outfield against the fence that is in the pre-game video. That's Brian, he was all about winning, and going all out, all the time. Stradling and I have good taste when it comes to favorite players.

AngelsWin.com: How do you survive the offseason?

(tomsred): It's hard on me. I am not a big football nut, but I do like some college football, especially following Michigan State, where I went to college. I don't like hockey, and pro basketball isn't big on my list either. So I spend lots of time playing golf, chasing my two terriers around, and watching the MLB channel speculate on any and everything baseball related. But after a couple of months of the MLB channel in the off season watching that gets pretty old.

AngelsWin.com: What’s one thing you’d like everyone in AngelsWin.com to know about you?

(tomsred): I think laughter keeps you young, and I enjoy hanging out on the Angels Daily, telling funny stories, and sharing funny videos and pictures. I've also enjoyed administrating the Prediction Game threads and scoring it the past few years, it's been fun seeing a lot of folks get into it. In 2015 we hope to simplify and break it up it a bit with a new format, and get even more posters to participate than ever before. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at AngelsWin.com we've focused our attention on our writers, contributors & website members. Today we put the spotlight on our resident mom, BaseballMom. Jody has been to almost every spring and summer fanfest event we've had to date, including our annual softball tournaments that benefits our favorite charity, the OC Miracle League. Mom, as many of us call her, is a passionate Angels fan and friend of many from the website. 

Let's get to know BaseballMom a bit more in today's Member Appreciation Interview.

AngelsWin.com: When and how did you first come to AngelsWin.com?

BaseballMom: I came over in the mass exodus from the OMB ("Original Message Board" off of the Angels official website).  Lee was still in full swing over there and nobody could resist responding to him. It was too bad because some of us had a really good time over there for quite a few years. Some of the members here posted on a site called HaloHaven...no, not that one...we were dotnet. 

AngelsWin.com:  What keeps you coming back to the site?

BaseballMom: I enjoy reading the back and forth on the forum.  Our board members are really quite entertaining.  

AngelsWin.com:  What have been some of your favorite articles and threads?

BaseballMom: My favorite articles right now are the Point/Counter Point with Nate and Glen or the Shenanigans threads by DR. That's some pretty funny/moving stuff.  I enjoyed some of the classic threads: Common Courtesy, Furniture Sex, etc. I really like reading the old threads.  They bring up some great memories.  One thread that will stick with me forever though is the Nick Adenhart thread the day we found out that he died. I was devastated and the board was like a haven to me that day.  I could say what was in my heart and knew that everyone would understand.  Thanks for that.

AngelsWin.com:  What in-person events have you attended from AngelsWin.com (Spring/Summer Fanfests, Charity Golf, Charity Softball)?

BaseballMom: I have attended most of the events since 2009 when I met a bunch of you crazy peeps. I had been going to spring training with my friend Gail since 2005, but made my first visit to Hail Mary's that year.  I remember sitting on the patio afterward and drinking absinthe shots before heading over to The Library.  Spring fanfest has changed a bit since then. I am the "BaseballMom" to a bunch of the younger members on the site and I treasure that relationship with all of them.  I even brought orange slices to the softball game once. 

AngelsWin.com:  Why is AngelsWin.com your internet home for the Angels?

BaseballMom: Even though I don't post as much as I used to, I read the board almost every day.  Like Stradling said, I have come to know what people will say on most subjects and it's fun to see if I am right. I am pretty sure that most people on the board are also correct in predicting which side of the fence I will land on as well.  

AngelsWin.com:  In your opinion, what is AngelsWin.com’s best feature: the articles, charitable events, game-day chat, message boards, Fanfests, podcasts, etc?

BaseballMom:  The message board and the Fanfests are my favorite things. I have made some good friends through this site and it's a lot of fun to get together in person to catch a game or whatever.  I really like that we have added the charity fundraising to our events.  Several of the teachers in my district coach RBI and love it.


Lighter Side


AngelsWin.com:  Where do you live and what do you do?

BaseballMom: I live in Westminster (or shit town as Adam would say) and work at the Westminster School District.  Living 7 minutes away from work is awesome.  My official title is Educational Services Technician, which really means that I do a little bit of everything. I have 4 kids and 2 granddaughters, so now I am also a BaseballMeemaw. 

AngelsWin.com: Why are you an Angels fan?

BaseballMom: Growing up in Orange County with a Dad who was heavily involved in the Westminster Little League, it was a natural.  They are my hometown team.

AngelsWin.com:  What was your first Angels game that you remember? Who’d you go with?

BaseballMom:  I am way too old to remember that...lol. It probably was a group family/little league event.  

AngelsWin.com:  Who have been your favorite players? Why? Any great stories or interactions with them?

BaseballMom:  Does anyone have a guess here?  =)  One of my favorite players was/is John Lackey. Whatever you might think of him, GAME 7 PEOPLE!!!!!!  Of course Downing, Carew, Joyner etc.  I remember going to games and paying very little to sit wherever we wanted. Got Speez to sign my cardboard World Series "crown" at Throwbacks, that was awesome.  He also signed a birthday card for Cassy.

AngelsWin.com:  How do you survive the offseason?

BaseballMom:  This board and MLB Network really help.  I love watching Hot Stove, even though Harold Reynolds drives me crazy sometimes. I catch up on shows that I haven't been able to watch during the season.  And best of all, I spend time with my granddaughter who lives with me.  Having a 4 year old around is never boring.

AngelsWin.com: What’s one thing you’d like everyone in AngelsWin.com to know about you?

BaseballMom:  Even though I am pretty sarcastic most of the time, I really am a big sap.  That said, I never ever post videos of puppies or kittens on fFacebook

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