In my attempt to learn more about baseball this summer, I will profile a team once in awhile and determine their potential likeability using an arbitrary criteria. Think of it as an adult book report. Feel free to chime in with your questions or comments and support your favorite teams.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
AL West, 45-27
Pros: Jim Abbott, The Naked Gun, Vlad Guerrero (who needs batting gloves anyway?), their stadium.
Cons: The name, the rally monkey, their fans, the potential commute to Orange County, the name, Bartolo Colon’s hair, lack of history, Rex Hudler and their announcing crew, the way Chone Figgins spells his name, Orange County in general, their stadium, did I mention the name?
Current jersey: Vlad without a doubt.
Throwback jersey: Jim Abbott
Hat factor: 3 out of 10. Lots of options but they’ve got a bad logo.
Fat Guy quotient: Bartolo Colon is the most recognizable fat guy on the team. He sorely lacks in fat guy awesomeness though.
Summary: When they won the World Series in 2002, they became Southern California’s trendiest team and people still haven’t fallen off the bandwagon. Their stadium offers awesome amenities and zero history: it’s both everything right and everything wrong with modern ball parks. I want to vomit everytime I write their name when I remember the State government actually spent time litigating on the issue. They’re the perfect representative of Orange County: they look pretty good from the outside but sorely lack substance or personality.
Overall likeability: None. I could never be an Angels fan.