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Vladdy and it's not even close. 

Pujols, easily. The old forum was on cloud 9. When CJ Wilson and LaTroy Hawkins happened in the following hours everyone wanted to suck Dipoto's dick.   That didn't turn out so well.  

The first "big splash" for me as a fan was Mo Vaughn.  Who promptly sprained the ever-loving shit out of his ankle on what seemed to be the first play on the first home game. 

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For me it was Rendon surprisingly. I think a big factor for it being him was losing out on Cole the day before. Getting him was like a big sign of relief. Like a “thank god we didn’t leave without something” type of feeling.

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Jim Abbott, 1988 draft, 8th overall pick.  A lot of hype but also questions about him in the spring BA issues about him leading up the to draft.  He was one of the biggest wildcards in the history of the MLB draft, and he ended up going to my favorite team.  As a draft geek, this was as exciting as it got.

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I will say that when the Angels signed Vlad, I thought to myself... "We just got the best player in baseball." I used to think about that all the time... of course, I now say that about Trout.

Vlad was the reason we bought season tix.

But Hunter will always be my favorite.

Drafting and signing Weave was pretty special too. Go Dirtbags!

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7 minutes ago, T.G. said:

I will say that when the Angels signed Vlad, I thought to myself... "We just got the best player in baseball." I used to think about that all the time... of course, I now say that about Trout.

Vlad was the reason we bought season tix.

But Hunter will always be my favorite.

Drafting and signing Weave was pretty special too. Go Dirtbags!

I, too, was psyched about getting Weaver.  I thought for sure he wasn't going to sign though.  

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6 minutes ago, Dochalo said:

I, too, was psyched about getting Weaver.  I thought for sure he wasn't going to sign though.  

Yep.  I was just looking at those 1st round signing bonuses from 2004 (below), and those Boras clients at #12 and #15 stand out.  But I kind of thought, well, maybe Weave kind of paid the team back with that team-friendly extension later on.  Good thing we took the right Boras client at 12.  Stephen Drew...ugh.

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Vlad's 2004 MVP season was really special. He carried the team the last few weeks into the postseason. It was one if the most impressive stretches I've ever seen. He was a wrecking machine; especially against Texas, if I remember correctly. 

That is probably my all time favorite season by a player wearing an Angels uniform. He had the swagger and that menacing swing.

Trout's MVP seasons have been special, but Vlad's was more memorable to me because it had so many big moments.

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