Sunday, September 1, 2013


By Geoff Stoddart, AngelsWin.com Director of Social Media - 

My kid’s new school schedule has me all jacked up.  He just started middle school last week and the bus is picking him up at 6:43 am.  (6:43 am!!!!  WTH?!?!  What kind of school board does something like that to parents … errrrr … I mean kids?!?!)  So getting up with him at 5:45 am has my internal clock all out of whack. 

This morning I woke up at 4:40am and was trying to figure out what day it was.  My internal dialog went something like this …

“4:40 am, Cool, I still have an hour left to sleep.  Wait … do I?  What day is it?  Oh, it’s Sunday.  Sweet!  I can go back to sleep for hours.”  (Rolls over and tries to get comfortable.)

“Man it’s hot in this room!  I should open a window.”  (Gets up and opens window, then gets back in bed.) 

“There, that’s better.  Well … not really better, it’s still hot in here.  But it ought to start cooling down now.  You know what?  I have to pee!”  (Goes to the restroom, and then gets back in bed.) 

“There!  Window open.  Bladder emptied.  Now I can go back to sleep.”  (Checks clock again.  It’s 5:02 am.)

“Hey … it’s September.  Man the summer went by quick.”  (More tossing and turning.)

“Yup … September.  Only a month left of Angels baseball.”  (Lays there for a moment.  Eyes open wide…)

“Only a month left of Angels baseball?!?!?  No!!!!!”

Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it, this has been a disappointing year for Angels baseball.  It’s September 1st and not only is the team 16.5 games out of first place, but they’re still 10 games below .500.  This is not what we were expecting when we gathered in Tempe, AZ last March for our AngelsWin.com Spring Training Fanfest. 

But do you know what’s worse than a disappointing Angels baseball season?  No Angels baseball!

It’s a loooooonnnnnnggggg winter folks.  Starting in just 29 days, we will have 5 months of no Angels baseball action! 

I get that some of you may have already tuned out.  But honestly, if you’re one of those people, you’re not reading this anyway.  If you are reading this (and thank you for doing so!), then you’re still plugged in.  Yes, you’re not happy with how the season has gone, but you’re still plugged in.  You’re addicted.  You’re a fan!

So enjoy this last month!  Cherish these last 28 games!  When the December cold is chilling your bones, you'll be longing for the game’s sights and sounds. 

The crack of the bat.

The freshly cut grass.

The pop of the catcher’s mitt. 

Many fans, myself included, have spent a good portion of the 2013 season complaining about the performances and results on the field.  There has been endless dialog and discussions about what needs to be done to fix the team for the 2014 season.  Who should be traded, who should be fired, etc. etc. etc. 

I get it.  Believe me, I do.  But I submit to you that we have all winter to perfect our hand wringing.  We have all winter to second, third and fourth guess the moves (or lack of moves) that the team makes. 

When the final out is recorded in Texas on September 29th, Angels baseball goes dark.  The field will be empty, the ballpark will be closed and the long wait for Spring will begin.  Don’t hasten that!  There are 28 games left! 

28 games for another towering #Trumbomb. 

28 games to enjoy watching Calhoun, Green and Jimenez bloom into big leaguers. 

28 games to see what #Troutstanding thing Mike is going to do next.

Folks, there are just 28 games left to watch Angels baseball in 2013.  Don’t let them slip by!  Drink it in!  Treasure it!

September 30th will be here before you know it and the team’s schedule will be empty.  The autumn and winter will feel like they last forever.  Don’t cavalierly let these last 28 games slip by.  Cherish it! 

Because you don't know what you've got …

… until it’s gone.
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