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With the release of Spring Training report dates, baseball is close enough for me to start thinking about Opening Day again. Can we do better this year with the food options? Like REAL Chronic tacos? Speedily?

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Who sells their soul so that we cannot have In'N'Out inside Angels Stadium? Or so that Ruby's Diner had to strip down their menu, and fail to do even that right? If we can finally get something like a Chronic Taco, why does their service have to be so slow? Why does their menu have to be so limited? Why can't they be everywhere? Why do tacos served in Anaheim have to suck? In ANAHEIM?!? It can't be an accident. Somebody who sells to these vendors in order to entice them within the stadium walls must think that all this is a good idea. It ain't.

I dunno. Tacos are on my mind. It must be Tuesday.

OT: Just sayin', before we begin, but it seemed to me that the only force that had a greater impact on running up points on the scoreboard last night than that of the Clemson offense...was the Clemson defense.............

Have some TacoLinks:

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Angels Notes: Spring training dates have been announced for all teams, with the Angels showing Pitchers and Catchers Report date of February 19th, and Full Squad report date of February 24th. No pressure, Billy. No pressure..........Training Mike Trout is a heavy responsibility, mostly because Trout is off of MLB charts...........The Angels shuffled a lot of managerial deck chairs throughout their farm system. In a lot of other organizations, this might be some sign of future foreboding as skippers are moving up to put pressure on the Big League manager. But, in Anaheim, who would we be kidding?. By the way, Jose Molina is back in the organization, as a minor league catching coordinator coach. The full list is here...........

Arby's: Arbitration Friday is coming this week, and perhaps the most interesting story is the one developing between the cheapskate Miami Marlins and their just-turned-in-a-phenomenal-season Dee Gordon..........

Justin Time: Justin Upton is not biting on the theory about signing a 1-year deal to slip his Big Payday to the weaker 2017 Free Agent Market. Upton's agent is still intent on cashing in now, with a major, long term, deal...........

Baseball Biz: Here we go, folks. Not waiting for MLB to get its act together, and not waiting for any franchise to step in and fix things on behalf of MLB, and not waiting for any media outlet or Congressional committee or town mayor to intervene on behalf of the viewing public, some baseball fans turned themselves into a certified class action and have sued MLB over the blackout rules and broadcast territories. The trial opens next week.  If the judge finds in favor of the fans, it will only mean that MLB will appeal until they find some way to go over the head of the Supreme Court. They are, after all, Major League Baseball............

Head Games: Now we're talking! The White Sox are offering an interactive Chris Sale bobblehead, with a K-counter. This might be worthy of an eBay visit after May 7th.........

Ces-Pe-Don't: Uh, OK. I take it all back. I wanted Cespedes from day 1. But not at no $150 million over 6 years (gotta scroll way down). For that kind of money, I would be thinking something close to twice that many years.........

Getting Pwned: When I look at this final tally of how fans feel about the ownership of their favored franchise, my one takeaway is that 5% of Angels fans have an active Facebook account..........

Curiosities: There was a lot of chatter yesterday concerning how many teams were aggressively pushing the Oakland A's to trade away starting pitching ace Sonny Gray. It's a nice play, since the A's love to sell high and reap a huge amount of talent in return. Everybody was interested in how Billy Bean was rejecting all the suitors. I find it interesting that it is Billy Beane who is the one rejecting all the suitors. Shouldn't that now be David Forst's job, seeing as he is now the General Manager there and all?...........

Cornering the Market: This man kid has been declared a Free Agent by MLB, and can be signed as early as next month. Of course, even as a corner outfield prospect, the Angels couldn't use to him to solve anything this year. He's only 16. It's not like the kid is Joe Nuxhall or anything...........

Fish Stories: Mike Trout has hit some monstrous home runs. But he has done nothing - nothingeven close to 738 feet!............

It ain't Cricket: Kieran Powell, one of the great cricket players in the world, is working to transition to Major League Baseball. He has been working out extensively in Southern California with Dodgers scouts, and has already had a tryout with the Mets. It should be fun to follow this one..........

Steamed Up: Am I reading this right? Are the LAA Steamer projections saying that the offense in 2016 will be even better than last year?.............

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