I'm new to the posting, and I'm not sure if anyone will see what I write. And when they do read what I write, they might not agree with what I have to say.
The reason being is that I was born '86. The first team introduced to me were the Angels, and I went to my first game in 1992, Angels and Mariners. I saw Ken Griffey Jr. blast a home run...but my best memory was sitting by the outfield wall and seeing all of the players and the cool uniforms and seeing that Big A outside.
That whole decade my parents would take me to a couple games a year and I loved the Angels and their players. From Spike Owen, Rene Gonzales, Chili Davis, Discar, J.T. Snow all the way to Salmon, Edmonds, and Garret my favorite player and most under appreciated player of the last 15 years. Of course I couldn't stand Al Leiter or Russ Springer who always seemed to blow games when I went. And it didn't help that we saw a lot of Yankee games early that decade, since my dad is a Yankee fan from the east coast but I loved those teams anyways.
Fast forward to 2002 and the miracle season. I couldnt believe they won and really never thought they would win. I knew they would beat the Yankees but winning the whole thing?
It's not because I was a bad fan, but because I remember those 90s Angels so well, and of course the 1995 season. Yeah I watched that whole season and remember watching that epic collapse. Of course guys like Timmy and Percy really stepped up at the end of the year, but the way Johnson was killing teams, I knew we had no hope in a one game playoff.
But even though the Angels had down years, those are the only years that I know. And sometimes I miss those years. There are tons of Angels fans today who jumped on the bandwagon in 2001 or 2002 and don't know all of those other years. They have no appreciation for how well the franchise has treated fans at the park and the kind of character they mostly employ.
So when I think of the Angels now, I cringe when people post such harsh words at manager Mike (he's the best thing thats happened to the franchise) at owner Moreno who has basically done all he could to put a great team, quality guys and not turn into the evil empires of the east, and our players that really bust their butt. Do I agree with everything? Of course not. But does that mean we need to sacrifice the way our franchise is molded? The ANgels have been the little team that couldn't and then finally became the little team that could. I prefer it that way. We're not the east coast transplant big machine Dodgers.
I still remember Luis Sojo blooping that stupid single into the chairs at the Kingdome and everybody running around the bases and Mark Langston lying on his back in agony wondering what else could go wrong. 2002 did a long way to exercise those demons. But it does not need to mean to change who we are.