As a title I was going to use, "Why I hate the Angels." But the more I considered it, the more I realized that I hate neither the Angels nor their fans. From my time in that area, I have many good friends who are follow the team with fervor, in good seasons and bad. I'd rather reserve my hatred for objects, ideas and people more deserving.
All that to say, I really don't like the Angels and can't imagine ever cheering for them. They are the American League version of the Giants, the team I always want to lose, every day, no matter what. But why?
I suppose it goes back to my 5 year sojurn in Orange County in the early 1980's. The Angels were good, but not great, always hovering around excellence but never attaining it. I went to many an A's/Angels game there, usually had pretty good luck on the outcome. My favorite was this one, a rare double header because of a rare rainout the day before. The A's won both halves, and I have eight hours of fun.
But it didn't matter if they played the A's or not. I always rooted against them. I didn't like their high-priced talent and seemingly forever deep pockets to buy even more. And then Disney, the corporate monster of the world, bought them and put rocks in centerfield. Really? Rocks? I found Gene Mauch, "The Little General" to be the most overrated manager ever. And little balls Sciosia is not a lot better. I still relish the clip of Dave Henderson crushing their 1986 hopes, which is probably akin to their love for Kirk whatshisname.
I can't stand their red, white, & blue pseudo All-American persona. They named their team after celestial beings-just a tad arrogant isn't it? I lived in Anaheim, and it's as far removed from Heaven as you can get. Their concession food is lousy. I don't like the lines on their field. Their parking lot attendants lack charm and personality. I don't even like the 57 freeway that runs by the stadium. Their franchise dates to 1961, the same year as the Bay of Pigs debacle. Write your own punchline.
The California Angels. Wait, the Anaheim Angels. No, it's the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Pick a fricken name already! Three different names and they've never moved. Except that they first played at Wrigley Field, not the real one, but the one in Los Angeles. I can't wait to beat these guys.
Let the blood boil and the 2011 series begin. I'm ready to rumble.