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Garret Anderson tells it like it is

Say what you want about his bat, but G.A. is suddenly a panther-of-the-mouth.  Naysayers be damned:

From the official website:

http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070817&content_id=2153802&vkey=news_ ana&fext=.jsp&c_id=ana
"They don't want to accept us," Anderson said. "They want to see superstars, players they're familiar with. They don't even have to be good players -- it's the perception that matters.

"We put a bunch of good players on the field that people don't seem to recognize. Look at Chone [Figgins]. The year he's having [batting .341, and .410 since May 31], imagine the attention he'd be getting playing on some of these other clubs. Here, he just goes about his business.

"Fans can tell you everybody who plays for the Red Sox and Yankees, but they'd have a hard time identifying our players. On the West Coast, they know about the East Coast, but it doesn't work the other way.

"It boils down to who gets air time. You watch the TV highlight shows, and they break down everything the Red Sox and Yankees do. For the West Coast teams, they show two highlights and it's over."

Anderson takes it beyond Anaheim and a team largely known as "Vladimir Guerrero and Co."

"Even when [Ken] Griffey [Jr.] was playing in Seattle, and A-Rod when he was young, they didn't get that much national attention, really," Anderson said. "Edgar [Martinez] was one of the best hitters in the game, and a lot of people didn't know it. It's all about the exposure.

"That's just the way it is. Those are the facts."

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