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About brianvargo

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  • Birthday 12/20/1971

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    Angels baseball, music, my wonderful family, writing, literature

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  1. I am no runner, but I am a great admirer of Steve Prefontaine, who is as legendary for his colorful personality and pure determination as the many records he set in the sport of distance running during his short lifetime. I know that many runners continue to wear "Stop Pre" t-shirts as a means of honoring the man. I don't know how I feel about appropriating the slogan for Trout, no matter how great his talent, but among certain people it will certainly resonate. It does make sense, but it makes me feel just a tad uneasy.
  2. This will be a telling year for Weave. If there is something to be figured out, and he's actually hit upon and addressed it, then he could end up being the difference between an Angel team that wins 85-or-so games and an Angel team that makes the post-season. He might also figure out a way to pitch effectively into his late 30s, hopefully for the Angels. Of course, if it turns out that his decline was irreversible and led to 2016 being his final big league season, at least in an Angels' uniform, then he'll still rightly be remembered as a Halo great who fought until the end and who truly
  3. Angels are finalists in Heyward sweepstakes, per mlbtraderumors. Jon Morosi: https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/675031390208057346
  4. I miss Jim Healy. I used to love listening to his show before the Angels' pre-game as a kid. "A-wunnerful, a-wunnderful."
  5. Following this link down the rabbit hole, I was surprised and impressed to discover that Brian Downing had an OPS of .835 in his age-41 season with the Texas Rangers. That's in 391 plate appearances. The previous season he was at .831 in 476 plate appearances. I do wish the Angels hadn't let him walk. It still bothers me that he retired a Ranger. But I digress. Was it Bob Starr who called Mike Witt's phenomenal 12-to-6 curve ball "the yakker"? I'm glad that The Witter is in. As for Dean Chance, he's a bit before my time, but even if he gained entrance to the Angels' Hall of Fame
  6. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding you, but Duke Snider was elected to the Hall of Fame decades ago.
  7. Years from now, we may all look back on the 2010 to 2013 seasons as the development of a foundation of much better things to come, in a way justifying the positions of those who claimed "it's early" in each of those seasons. Looking back on the mid to late 90s, and how talented the team was, and how frustratingly close they would occasionally come to reaching the post-season, it's now much easier to see that they were building toward the amazing decade that followed, kicking off with the 2002 season. I'm not saying that the current team has reached such heights yet, or that they will, but if
  8. That was one of the guttiest wins I've seen in my 33 years of pulling for the Halos. I've never been prouder to be an Angel fan. How sweet it is!
  9. Here's sort of a simplified overview of Frieri's Angel career so far, at least as I view it: He comes over to the AL and is, at first, virtually unhittable, thanks largely to a fastball with incredible movement. He gets a lot of strike three calls by throwing it tight to lefties and having it break just over that inside corner at the last moment, as well as a lot of swinging strikes by throwing it - seemingly - right down the middle and having it break out of the strike zone. His stuff is electric. The league makes adjustments, of course. Batters begin to realize that their best bet is
  10. Congratulations to Albert. Both 499 and 500 were monsters and contributed to an Angel victory. Man, do I love being an Angels fan.
  11. I'd wear the Vlad shirt that the Angels gave away at a Sunday game in 2004 - if it still fit! I wish I were there in person to see the first pitch, not to mention the game that follows, but I'll make do with watching from my living room with my girls, who are equally antsy for baseball to start. Vlad is one of my daughter's favorite Angels, even though she was only two years old when he left. She's got taste!
  12. I think it comes down to this: Mike Trout wants to be an Angel, and he wants to win with the Angels so much that he's wagering his prime years on the team's chances. It feels so good to have a player of Trout's caliber want to be here for reasons that transcend making the greatest amount of money possible. That's no slight on players who maneuver for the best deals they can get - who can blame them? But this is refreshing. I'm proud to be a fan of the Angels and of Mike Trout.
  13. Frankly, I would have liked to have had one year of 4.50 ERA Blanton. I wasn't a huge fan of the contract, to be sure, but I thought that Blanton was going to provide us with pitching of a reasonable standard for a back-end starter. I'm sorry - for his sake, for the team's sake, and for ours - that it didn't work out that way.
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