Did you listen?
While driving home last night in an uncharacteristically good mood, the Angels being on the other end of a shutout, I tuned in to Angel Talk. Now I like Terry Smith on the radio. I think he is very good at baseball play by play. On Angel Talk he can be a little long winded, but I listen for insights he might have as he rubs elbows with the baseball gods on the field and in the office.
But how many of you heard this last night?
A youngster, couldn't have been more than 13 or 14 called to ask Terry some questions. His first question was something like: Trumbo and Trout played for Salt Lake, right? Terry said, "Right". The kid went on the say something like: Trumbo and Trout hit really well in Salt Lake, right? Terry's nose must have went up sensing he was being led on and said in a more grudging way, "Well, right". Then the kid went for the jugular with something like: Well then it would seem their batting coach knew what he was doing, right, and shouldn't he be the Angel batting coach? Terry had fallen into the adolescent trap and immediately began to scratch and claw. He berated the kid [and all fans] who always complain about Mickey Hatcher when the team isn't hitting. He let fly a few things that were clearly piss from refrigerated Angel Kool-Aid. Now, maybe that is Terry's job, who is to say?
But about an hour later it was announced that indeed the Salt Lake batting coach would be the replacement for a fired Hatcher.
There are two issues here.
One, the conspiracy theory: Did the kid know something, who was the kid, who might have put him up to it? Should we care now that Hatcher is finally gone?
Two, should Terry apologize to the youngster, not only for his increasing dispensation of Angel excuses, but more for his foul treatment of a young fan [innocent if we discount theory number one] expressing an opinion Angel fans have had for many years?
What is your call?