Your good friend STIRRUPS is out of town and I am trying to get the hang of his links while I plan for Saturday's huge party... oh did I mention there was party with CUPIE'S new band playing live to debut their new CD album? Well read on about the Angels and then read about the STRANGER KINGS...
The Gold Glove Awards now has a two-tiered system whereby players get nominated, kind of like the Oscars, and then the best picture - err... fielder - gets announced. Two Angels got named as Gold Glove finalists - Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun. Yes, not Mike Trout and Erick Aybar. Weird. No Link but that is the news for today.
Leave it FanGraphs to nod in affirmation of bunting - it turns out Erick Aybar was the second best bunter in baseball 0 and not just sacrifice bunting, no, bunting when nothing else works. (LINK)
Prospect Cal Towey, age 25, is heating up the Arizona Fall League and may be headed to AA next season. (LINK)
The Sporting News gave out a few awards. They are not the "official real awards" but they still take the temperature of things out there. Mike Scioscia got AL Manager of the Year (LINK) and Matt Shoemaker finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year award behind Jose Abreu of the White Sox. (LINK)
The Angels value assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen enough to NOT allow the Oakland Athletics poach him for their team - they refuse to let the division rivals even interview him for the hitting coach vacancy in Oakland - Chili Davis went to Boston. (LINK)
Basically it is time to send your money to Arte Moreno for your season seat. Why wait for the Halos to sign an overpriced free agent today? (LINK)
Thursday was the 21st anniversary of Joe Carter hitting a walk off home run to win the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays. he hit it off Mitch Williams against the Phillies. Did you see it live? Do you recall where you were when this amazing baseball moment happened? (LINK)
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...
Actually we are serving GIN this weekend - Bombay Sapphire Gin at the record release part for CUPIE and his band STRANGER KINGS, so if you want a refreshing cocktail and live music in Downtown L.A.'s Chinatown, check this link out: (LINK)
Here they are in action: Strager Kings
Friday: Day before Stranger Kings Party
Saturday: Night of Stranger Kings Party
Sunday: Happy Hangover.