And you thought it couldn't get any worse...
Toronto General Manager Alex Anthopoulos ratcheted up the most hated list in Halo history on Tuesday, trading newly acquired Angels backstop Mike Napoli to the division rival Texas Rangers. The news broke here on HH with a link to MLBTR posted by the always reliable MMP. The Rangers sent relief pitcher Frank Francisco to the Blue Jays, an indication of the career 13 oWAR player's true value.
Of course, the seething Los Angeles fans of Anaheim might take a bit of pleasure in knowing Mike "CERA" Scioscia and Tony "Make Mathis-a Millionaire" Reagins will not be able to bench Napoli nineteen times in the 2011 season and that revenge is a dish best served cold. Napoli batting regularly in Arlington will be the biggest explosion in the American Southwest since Robert Oppenheimer tested the Manahttan Project. Meanwhile, Jeff Mathis will challenge Minnie Mouse and Clarabelle Cow for least significant cartoon character of Anaheim in 2011. Pray for a hot spring for Hank Conger, Bobby Wilson and Ed Ott. Would Steve Yaeger or Joe Ferguson do this much damage were either helming our club? Hey, at least Ryan Budde won't be blocked on Blue Jay Way...
What was last week's worst trade of the century has morphed into a karmic comeuppance of a General Manager who is in over his head, a begrudged billionaire fighting obvious and inevitable market forces and a manager who believes in fairytale RISP and CERA stats over simple things like hitting the darn baseball.
The Angels are getting served a heaping plate of karma for their intransigence against the players that should be wearing a halo. As the OCR's Sam Miler termed it on our LunchTime HaloTalk internet radio show this morning, the "Collusion of One" that defines the Angels front office is willfully ignoring every right, obvious and good move they can make in order to draw a line in the sand over player compensation and playing time... oh who cares any more... they are idiots and three million fans will come out to the stadium to root for a third place team and we will always have 2002 in our rear view mirror, don't drive too fast I want to stare at the light in the glass a little longer as the road ahead grows so dark, dark ... take it away John, tell us about the type of KARMA that this trade represents for the Angels...
Napoli in Arlington
I relish watching Scioscia be served his humble pie (615 votes)
I relish Napoli whiffing in our division except against Oakland (359 votes)
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