WeekEnd HaloLinks: - July 12 - Ever Fallen In Love Edition

Fantasy lovers may want to double down on their ownershp of this red-hot machine! - USA TODAY Sports

I can't see much of a future..........Unless we find out what's to blame..........What a shame..........And we won't be together much longer..........Unless we realize that we are the same..........

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As I sit here and type this, the Pacific Ocean breaks on the shore of Carpinteria State beach, a mere 50 yards to my stern, and the sun transits toward it's setting by warmly plowing through the cooling powers of an eternal onshore breeze. No matter where you sit and read this - and that includes you eyespy! - the weather is better here. The folk have been friendly, the beer and wine tasty, and the sweet salty air has imbued within me with an especially strong sense of laziness. True, the Mexican food here is an abomination, but the tequila is bottled from palaces far to the south and no amount of canned salsa can defeat a fine reposado.

As the saying goes, "I've been on a tequila diet and so far I have lost two days!" So it speaks volumes that, in spite of all, you folks find a way to inspire me to take time out from pleasure and pursue, well, even more pleasure. Lucky for all, it was a rather brief week of baseball to date and it's easy to check in now and polish off what I, in fact, already shelled out last week!

And, yes, for all those in the know, the HaloMobile made the trip, towing our red and white color-matched teardrop trailer. Quite a parade we make!!

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UPDATE!

Raadad has Chapters 5 & 6 now up of his online Tribute Novel, The Great Gatsby 2: Revenge of Gatsby

He reports that there are some interesting pictures and commentary on the fan page, as well.

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On To Angels Baseball!

Buy Stuff - Crazy-ass Baseball Find On the Internet:

Angels minor leaguer Brandon Warriax signed baseball. No. really. We truly did have a player in our farm system at one time named Brandon Warriax. Why don't we all know this?

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Friday, July 12 @ 7:10 PM, (FS-W / MLB.TV) LA Angels vs. Seattle Mariners - Safeco Field, Seattle

Jerome Williams (RHP) 5-4 4.16 ERA versus Joe Sanders (LHP) 7-8 4.51 ERA

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Saturday, July 13 @ 7:10 PM, (FS-W / MLB.TV) LA Angels vs. Seattle Mariners - Safeco Field, Seattle

Jered Weaver (RHP) 3-4 3.38 ERA versus Felix Hernandez (RHP) 9-4 2.69 ERA

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Sunday, July 14 @ 1:10 PM, (FS-W / MLB.TV) LA Angels vs. Seattle Mariners - Safeco Field, Seattle

Joe Blanton (RHP) 2-11 5.40 ERA versus Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP) 7-4 2.97 ERA

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If it were not for he fact that the Halos are so hot, I would find all kinds of worry here.

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This Day In Baseball History: 1890 - This is a great one. Some person, a rookie, has a pro career that lasts all of 3 innings as he surrenders, in that short time, 13 hits, 7 walks, and 20 earned runs. his career is so brief that they didn't even have enough time to learn his first name. He is immortalized merely as "Lewis"..........1901 - Cy Young, for which the award is named, already reaches his 300th career victory. See me next Friday when we celebrate his 500th. He will finish with 511..........1910 - Tinker to Evers to Chance..........1945 - Tommy Holmes of the then Boston Brave finally goes hitless, leaving his National League consecutive game hit streak at 37, a mark that will last until 1978...when Pete Rose breaks it..........1949 - The Outfield Warning track, for all ballparks, is decided upon by MLB owners...........also in 1949, the first All Star Game to include black baseball players is held............1955 - In extra innings of this year's All Star game, Stan Musial calls his shot. "The Man" steps to the plate leading off the bottom of the 12th, and responds to the tiring complaints of Yogi Berra with "Don't worry, I'll have you home in a minute", and jacks the very next pitch out of the park...........1979 - Disco Demolition Night!!!..........1996 - Mark Grace's equipment fails to arrive in Montreal, so Expo first baseman David Segui leaves his glove at first base at the end of each inning as he returns to the dugout, sharing the glove with Grace..........1997 - Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon pair up for the first combined EXTRA-INNING no-hitter in baseball history, as the Pittsburgh Pirates best the Houston Astros on Jackie Robinson Night.

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Rounding Up The Major League News...

  • Internet 472, MSM 0 - I love watching the slow, agonizing, death contortions of the MSM crustaceans on a dry beach. The sand fleas of relevance quickly darting to and fro and picking at whatever flesh remains intact. This week's futile twitch for survival comes to us in the form of Mitch Williams. Williams made yet another gargantuan asshat comment blaming Brandon McCarthy himself as the reason for McCarthy getting hit in the head by a comeback liner. Pretty much calling McCarthy a pussy for not throwing inside to batters. So McCarthy whipped out the Internet, smoked Williams, and then proceeded to create a brand new meme using Williams as the viral target. It used to be that the power of the MSM laid in its ability to always have the final word. Not no mo'!!
  • Nucular Power: The other day I was busy fire roasting my pasty white legs whilst gazing out to sea, when I spied a motorboat zooming close to the shore from my right. To my left, I had been watching a pair of kids paddling some cheap inflatable raft out beyond the breakers. I realized that the two were on a collision course, well beyond my ability to do anything about it. And yet, I could not look away. Such is how I feel about MLB's Biogenesis Boondoggle. I no longer can come close to understanding. I know it is now inevitable that it will end disastrously for somebody. And all I can do is gaze in wonder and keep reporting on the developments. This week, Uncle Bud may pull out the Nuclear Option. (For the record, the speedboat missed.)
  • Hysterical Jeter Hysteria: Derek Jeter needs to grab his flip flops and reserve a spot on the beach nearby. I mean, come on, the guy is aging and declining gets one last good year out of his body, which promptly collapses. He goes on an incredibly lengthy rehab which practically gets its own network for coverage. Every last warm-up, every last practice, every last medical review gets hyperbolized in the New York media. Finally, he retakes the field. And, predictably, within a couple of hours, back off he goes with muscle tightness. Dude, we all get old. Even beach hipsters such as myself. Although, to be honest, he might have more options than me.
  • Hystery In The Making: Catching up on this year records progress, The Hardball Times updates their horse races. Good news! There's a real tight one developing for the single-season strikeout record (never have TWO players gutted out 200 or more K's in one season), and Mike Napoli is in the hunt! Some major props are offered up to Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto, but my focus remains on the Houston Astros. It looks like they are losing steam in the record K run.
  • Ministry Of Truth: A great read. Up on Baseball Nation Larry Granillo pulls back the curtain on Winston Smith, official MLB Adjuster Of Reality. "Barry Bonds was not the legitimate home run king. Roger Maris was the legitimate home run king! Roger Maris had always been the legitimate home run king. The next moment there was a tremendous commotion. The banners and plaques with which the park was lined were all wrong! Posters were torn from the wall, jerseys thrown on the ground and trampled underfoot. But within two or three minutes it was all over. The Nostalgia continued exactly as before, except that the target had been changed." (P.S. - those of you who just went ballistic may need to re-read this.)
  • Sneaky, Sneaky: Business Insider discovers that Sportsnet has been sliding advertising into baseball broadcasts in such a way that walks the line versus what MLB allows. Sticking to the surfaces off field of fair play, they are rotating local adverts into the games. Currently, there are limits imposed by MLB on such NFL-style graphics, but like Pandora's Box, or that ephemeral crack in the dam...

Video Of The Week

(Jeff "Knucklehead" Mathis Never Gets Old)


(Trouble viewing the video? Direct link here.)

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Cubs. They'd probably be more fun if it weren't for Chicago!.........July, 1941, and this little punk is ready to play. Just sit there and stare at the picture for a while, and you will realize that this is why baseball is part of our fabric...........Nimble little minx, in't she?..........You may think you have a great baseball collection, but yours sucks..........All Angels fans have been waiting for this day. Paul Konerko finally sucks..........The Best Non All Stars of the past 50 years. Think of these as "Super Snubs"...........Frustration Abounds! The AL West All Star team is loaded with Halos. Not so much Rangers. Yet we still suck..........This is pretty cool. Baseball is arriving in Kenya..........A deep dive into the financial shenanigans of the Marline, and the potential abuse of revenue sharing..........Bummer. I might have watched..........Ok. This Manny Machado kid might be pretty good. A cool GIF comparing Machado circa 2013, with Brook Robinson circa 1970.........Chipper Jones goes all apeshit on Angel Fernandez, because Fernandez appears to have the gall to actually call - correctly - a high strike..........And here I thought I had nothing better to do! PETA objects to the Rays' "touch tank" after Miguel Cabrera nails it with a homer.

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And now, being the full service weekend linkage institution that we are, here is the obligatory moment we take out of each Friday...for beer...

Friday: It's a great time to be hangin' in San Luis Obispo, where the Seven Sisters Beer Festival takes off in El Chorro Regional Park & Campground

Saturday: Saturday is for San Diego way, with a pair offerings. The first one is the 5th Annual Pechanga Microbrew & Chili Cookoff. Poker, chili and beer in Temecula. What could possibly go together better? But if Indian casinos aren't your thing, we got a baseball-themed alternative. The Padres All-Inclusive Tailgate beer & food event will be held at 140 14th Street in San Diego. That would be the parking lot directly east of Petco Park.

Sunday: Come back up to the LA area, and park yourself in Studio City so that you can hunt down Stout Burgers & Beers and partake of the Beer Fest for Beer Geeks. Sounds like a fascinating angle!

BEER BONUS: California is the #1 State in the USA for beer volume! #44 in Per Capita consumption. We drink a lot, and we drink responsibly.

Stay safe, everyone!

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