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Nick Adenhart 1986-2009

April 10, 2009

adenhartAs I begin to type this post the Angels/Red Sox game is about to get underway. This is the first game after the tragic loss of the Angels’ rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart.

I was at the Angels/As game on Tuesday night, the second in the four game home opener series. On Wednesday night I watched the third game of the series against Oakland with 22-year old Adenhart pitching. He pitched a helluva six innings. Sure, he got himself into a couple of tight positions with loaded bases, but when he was done for the night he had pitched six shutout innings. The Angels lost that night, but I was already looking forward to the next night’s game — I had tickets for Thursday night.

Then I heard Thursday morning that the young rookie pitcher who had just pitched six shutout innings the night before was gone — a victim of car accident claiming not only his life, but those of two others and leaving a third in critical condition. Thursday’s night game was understandably postponed.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an Angels fan. There’s an official MLB home plate at my bedroom door with the Angels logo on it. I have a number of baseballs signed by various Angels players over the last number of years. An official Angels batting helmet rests on a high shelf. I’m the kind of fan that wears the jersey of the team’s manager, Mike Scioscia to the game.

Even though I wasn’t at the game tonight, but watching it on television at home, it was emotional. I’m an emotional fan as it is. I cried when they one the World Series in 2002. When I’m at a game I cry almost every time they show the pre-game video on the diamond-vision showcasing great moments in Angels history. So, it wasn’t surprising when I cried during the tribute and moment of silence for Nick Adenhart tonight.

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Game Over

October 6, 2008

And, with that… The 2008 Major League Baseball season is over for yours truly. Boston Red Sox’s Jason Bay (damn him this whole ALDS) slides by my Angels‘ catcher Mike Napoli in the bottom of the ninth to win the game 3 to 2, and the series 3 to 1. Time to pack up my jerseys until April and pay more attention to my fantasy football teams. It was a good run for my Angels — 100 wins, 50 on the road and 50 at home. But when it comes to post season play, the Red Sox just seem to have the Halos’ number. To Lackey, Napoli, Weaver, Shields, and any of the other guys who pop into the Goathill Tavern from time to time… I owe you a drink for one helluva season.

Are YOU Ready For Football?

September 4, 2008

I’m not. The official kickoff of the NFL season is at 4:00 PM Pacific (right after Ellen on NBC — now that’s a double-feature). I’m still wrapped up in Major League Baseball — especially my Angels, whose “magic number” to win the division is only seven with twenty-four games left to play. And, I hope to still be wrapped up in baseball through the post season as my Angels go on and win the World Series. As long as the baseball season is going on I won’t fully be into the 2008 NFL season.

That won’t stop me from enjoying games (and beer) on Sundays with friends, as well as keeping up with my football team — the San Francisco 49ers (yes, still), who ESPN currently ranks at 29 out of the 32 teams. And, I am of course, once again playing fantasy football this season in two leagues — my keeper league (that I’ve been playing in for three seasons) and my “big-money” league.

But, I will have the Redskins/Giants game on in the background this afternoon/evening as I work. The Angels had a day game today.

Gotta Love Weekday Day Games

June 11, 2008

The baseball fans back east, especially the Chicago Cubs fans, might not appreciate the weekday day game as much as us baseball lovers on the west coast do — they’re a much more frequent occurrence out there than they are around here. Today I attended the second of only three or four (pretty sure it’s just three) weekday day games at Angel Stadium. I got tickets to the game from a friend of mine, and appreciated them greatly. She had offered me tickets to the Angels first weekday day game, but I was unable to accept because I had a telephone meeting scheduled that never happened (grrrrr). When this opportunity became possibly available I was all over it.

Angels at home versus the Tampa Bay Rays — John Lackey pitching my Halos and Scott Kazmir pitching for the Rays, a good match-up. Home runs Gary Matthews Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero. Winning pitcher was Lackey and Rodriguez got his 27th save. Angels over the Rays 4 to 2 — a good day.

The thing I love about weekday day games is the sense of Ferris Buelleresque notion that I’m playing hookie and I’m sticking it to “the man.” Well, when you’re a freelance writer you’re only playing hookie from the scripts waiting to be typed, and it turns out that you’re your own “the man.” But, damnit… It’s so worth it — and needed sometimes.

Humpday Hubbabaloo — 05/14

May 14, 2008

Went to the Angels/White Sox game last night — my Angels won. It was turning quite the pitchers duel, at least until the eighth inning when my Angels scored two runs. My Angels are back in first place — at least by half a game at the time of this post. Apparently, last night was the only night of the week that they weren’t giving away free swag at the game — Monday night they were giving away Torii Hunter bobbleheads, tonight they’re giving away Angels beanies, and tomorrow night they’re giving away retro-style caps from 1971. But, I’ll take a “W” over free swag any night. John Lackey is expected to return to the mound tonight after having been on the DL since the beginning of the season. This is a good thing, my two fantasy baseball teams could use his arm.

There are a handful of comics that I want to pick up today. They include:

  • SERENITY BETTER DAYS #3
  • BATMAN #676 RIP
  • TRUE STORY SWEAR TO GOD #11
  • ALL NEW IRON MANUAL
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #559
  • GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1
  • SECRET INVASION FANTASTIC FOUR #1
  • CTHULHU TALES #2
  • EVERYBODYS DEAD #3
  • NORTH WIND #5
  • PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #3
  • STAR TREK ALIEN SPOTLIGHT TP
  • WARHAMMER CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1
  • ZORRO #3

Over the last couple of days I’ve had some great artwork come in on the various projects that I’m working on including covers and interior pages. I’m anxious to show some of it off, but it’s probably in the best interest to hold steady a bit and unleash it all when the time is right to promote said projects. But it’s very cool to see artwork based on your words show up in your email inbox.

Last Thursday was the last episode of the seventh and final season of Scrubs on NBC — and in tradition of treating the show like the ugly red-headed stepchild, NBC aired the episodes out of order and finished with what many consider the weakest episode so far. Oh, well… Scrubs will be returning next mid-season on ABC.

And, speaking of Scrubs, my good friend David had a nifty surprise for me when we met to catch Speed Racer last Saturday, a Scrubs directors chair…

Lately I’ve had the urge to play building simulation games and have been tinkering around with my old copies of Roller Coaster Tycoon and Zoo Tycoon. I might have to go out and pick up something new and give it whirl. But, I shouldn’t be tinkering with or whirling any games right now — I’ve got writing to do.

One more week until Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!

I Should’ve Gone To The Game

April 9, 2008

I got the email at about 9:00 A.M. this morning. A friend of mine had tickets available to today’s weekday afternoon game between my Angels and the Cleavland Indians. But, being the “responsible” person that I am — coupled with the fact that I’m broke — I passed on the tickets. There’s little on this marble that I like doing more than attending weekday afternoon games. Folks in Chicago get to do it all the time, but they’re a rare occurrence here in Southern California — especially for my Angels. Just knowing that you’re blowing off the day to catch a game is aces in my book. But, I had pages that needed to get finished up on a script. I had emails I had to send regarding future work, and a meeting scheduled for when I estimated would have been about the start of the third inning. (Oh yeah, and I’m broke.)

But, as I wrote I did have the game on the TV in the background. Let’s see… In the bottom of the 2nd, Angels’ catcher Mike Napoli hit a grand slam (the second grand slam of the series against the Indians, with Torii Hunter hitting a walk-off grand slam on Monday night). In the 3rd inning, both Garret Anderson and Casey Kotchman hit home runs. And, in the 7th inning Vladimir Guerrero knocked his second in two games. Yeah… Who’d want to go watch that kind of fun on a beautiful Southern California afternoon?

Of course, my scheduled meeting never happened, and the one correspondence that I did get back wasn’t to optimistic. But, I did get the pages done that I set out to get done and sent them off to collaborator Kleid.

By the way, the accompanying photo is from Friday night’s season opener at Angels Stadium. (I’ve got to grow my goatee long again.)

Baseball Is Finally Here

March 31, 2008

The 2008 Major League Baseball season goes full-swing today with the majority of the franchises playing their first game with the “third” Opening Day of the season — there was the tw0-game Boston/Oakland series in Japan last week and the Washington/Atlanta “Opening Night” game last night in the newly christened $611 million National Park.

And, while I won’t be seeing a game in person until this Friday with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s home opener against the Texas Rangers, I am jazzed about the Halos’ game today with Minnesota. Other than a shaky pitching rotation — due to injuries to Kelvim Escobar and John Lacky — my Angels are looking strong with the addition of Torii Hunter in center field.

I am in two fantasy baseball leagues this season — both for bragging rights over cash, though knowing me and the fact that their head-to-head leagues, I’m sure there’ll be a side bet or two during the course of the season. Naturally, I ended up with a lot of Angels players on both of my rosters, with some players being on both squads. I have Chone Figgins, Vladimir Guerrero, Torii Hunter, Jered Weaver, Francisco Rodríguez, and John Lackey on both teams — and Garret Anderson and Howie Kendrick on one of the two teams. I’ll admit it here that I’m way overloaded with personal favorites, but that’s how I’ll start the season.

Alright, about a half hour away from turning on the Toronto/New York Yankee’s game — the final season opener in the current and historic Yankee Stadium. Maybe with any luck I’ll get out to New York this season and catch my first and last game at the original Yankee Stadium.

Last Chance League – Fantasy Baseball

March 26, 2008

I decided that being in only one Fantasy Baseball League wasn’t enough to drive me batty this season, so…

I’m putting together another last minute fantasy baseball league for anybody that’s interested using Yahoo’s Fantasy Sports. Scoring will start the second week of the season, April 7th. (Did anybody watch the two games that “counted” between the Red Sox and the A’s that were played in Japan the last two days?) It’ll be head-to-head play with an autodraft that I’d like to schedule for Sunday morning before the Opening Day that we’re having here in the states with the Braves and the Nationals.

If you’re game, send me an email, message, text, signal from the third base coach, whatever, and I’ll fill you in on the details to join.

In Case You Were Sleeping – “Play Ball!”

March 25, 2008

I drive a Toyota Tacoma — a Japanese import that I’ve enjoyed owning for over ten years now. But, did we have to export Major League Baseball’s Opening Day in return? In case you weren’t up early this morning — 6:00 A.M. Eastern, 3:00 A.M. Pacific (such as myself) — and tuned into ESPN 2, then you probably missed the first pitch, as well as the first game, of the 2008 MLB season.

For those of you that were catching your Zs as opposed to catching the game, you missed Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka’s season debut i Tokyo, where he lasted only five innings. The Red Sox, however, managed to still beat the A’s 6-5 in ten innings.

While other teams are still swinging and pitching away in Florida and Arizona for Spring Training games, the Red Sox and A’s have officially started their 2008 seasons  on the other side of the world with games that count. And, they each have exhibition games when they get back to the States.

For the rest of Major League Baseball the season starts this Sunday — a day of the week that should be Opening Day — with the Atlanta Braves playing the Washington Nationals. My Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (who have the best record in the Spring Training Cactus League) kick off the season Monday, March 31st, in Minnesota.

Go Ahead, Brett. You Earned It.

March 4, 2008

brettfavre.jpgAfter seventeen years in the NFL, the durable and gritty Green Bay Packers quarterback, Brett Favre, is hanging it up. Any fan of sports and/or football cannot help but be impressed by Favre’s long career — an era of greatness. Even as a San Francisco 49er fan — with a history of great quarterbacks like Joe Montana and Steve Young — I can’t help but admire the sportsmanship and drive of the three time MVP winner, as well as obtaining numerous passing records. As the football seasons came to an end the last couple of years, the question of whether Favre would continue for another season always seemed to surface. Though, after a renaissance-like season last year it seemed like he would be returning for at least one more season. That’s not the case.

Brett Favre is leaving the NFL with a number of passing records under his belt. Last season alone he set the record for touchdown passes at 442, most passing yards at 61,655, wins by a starting quarterback at 160, and then there is the most interceptions at 288. Favre also took the Packers to two back-to-back Super Bowls in ’96 and ’97 — winning the first of the two. He was also named to no less than nine Pro Bowls.

It’s going to take some getting used to someone else in the QB position for Green Bay, whoever it might be. Aaron Rodgers? Craig Nall?