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Matthews: "I can contribute every day", So Can A Woman in Philly: Wednesday Halolinks

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rallymonkeys: A pause for praise
There are so many things to respect and admire about the Angels. Here are some that leap to mind in the afterglow of one of the franchise's greatest triumphs:

Looking At What Exactly is Angels Baseball - Beyond the Box Score
Sure, back when the Halos won the World Series in 2002 they were a great defensive team led by Darin Erstad's +20 defense in center field. They were also very good the following season. However, since 2003 they've only had one really stand out defense squad (2005) followed by some below average to average ones before the 2009 team.

Los Angeles Angels Have a Big Offseason Looming - Bleacher Report
For those of you scoring at home, the Angels could lose their No. 1 starter, their leadoff hitter, their No. 2 hitter, and their cleanup hitter. That is a lot to replace in one offseason.

The Most Delusional Man On The Planet - FanGraphs Baseball
The contract makes it impossible for the Angels to trade him, so in the end, they’ll just end up releasing him, at which point Mr. Matthews may be shocked to learn that other teams do not share his optimism about his ability to still be a top-line center fielder.

Most Angels free agents signal their desire to stay, except for Matthews --
Three key Angels headed for free agency -- Chone Figgins, Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero -- have publicly expressed a desire to return to Anaheim, and center fielder Torii Hunter, after talking to free-agent pitcher John Lackey, is convinced the right-hander wants to remain an Angel. Gary Matthews Jr.? Not so much.

The rich go on getting richer in the Bronx - The Globe and Mail
There will be sentiment aplenty tonight when ailing principal owner George Steinbrenner shows up for Game 1. But this Yankees organization has moved beyond what even The Boss might have envisaged, having become an economic armada that pumps cash at a rate its competitors simply cannot match.

The Bronx Bombers are back in the World Series - and bringing ad dollars with them. Ad sales are about 5 percent ahead of where they were at the same time last year, network and ad industry sources said.

Former GM expects Padres to eventually trade Adrian Gonzalez - Sporting News the Red Sox
"They're going to have a $40 million payroll for the foreseeable future," said Towers, "and there's just no way they can devote half of that to one player. It's just a matter of when they decide to trade (Gonzalez)."

Angels pack up, clear out after early exit - FOX Sports on MSN
Adenhart's locker has remained undisturbed for more than 6 1/2 months as a shrine to the 22-year-old pitcher, killed along with two friends in early April when their car was broadsided by an alleged drunken driver. "I would say the only thing I'll remember from the season is the death of a teammate and how close it brought us together as a team - and the chemistry is brought," Hunter said. "You realize how close you are with your teammates when you lose one. I think we had a little extra fire for him and we dedicated this season to him."

Adenhart's parents to decide on his locker | News
"I think now that the season has concluded it's something we'll sit down and talk about," said Tim Mead, Angels vice president of communication. "At some point we'll talk to the family and see how they want to handle it. When they were here in April we talked about them coming through and going through the locker after the season, so we'll talk to them and then talk internally."

Police: Woman offered sex for tix | - Philadelphia News
"DESPERATE BLONDE NEEDS WS TIX (Philadelphia) "Diehard Phillies fan--gorgeous tall buxom blonde-- in desperate need of two World Series Tickets. Price negotiable--- I'm the creative type! Maybe we can help each other!"

ESPN fires Steve Phillips after he admits affair - Sporting News
Steve Lefkowitz, Phillips' representative, said in an e-mail that his client "is voluntarily admitting himself to an inpatient treatment facility to address his personal issues, and informed ESPN of his plans Friday."

I wonder what Phillips did with his World Series tickets?

October 28 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on October 28.