The Minnesota Twins are the worst team in the AL, but that doesn't make a difference to the Angels. Losing is their wheelhouse, and even against good odds, they can find ways to turn the tables against themselves. It's quite remarkable, their talent for blunder and bumbling, losing the will to win like only real winners can do. Tonight, we saw it all.
We saw Jered Weaver get rocked at home, giving up two homers (now leading the league in the category, unfortunately), and with his little boy in attendance, too. This start will send reverberations throughout the Weaver household for years to come, if my readings of the space-time continuum are correct.
We saw reliever Al Alburquerque pitch as a Halo for the first time, and we also got to see him give up a dinger after 5 pitches. The game got ugly in myriad, befuddling ways; the fans idly standling by while this rote, limp version of the national pastime was performed with an impressively-joyless demeanor. It was just one of those nights, where balls were bouncing off the top of the walls and into stands for home runs, and the last place losers of the American League can come in and make you look like a washed-up palooka of a prize fighter to their Rocky Balboa on bath salts.
Something was in the air for Johnny Giavotella, though, that is for damn sure. Johnny G is a mirthful enigma at all times, but he's not at all times a good baseball player; there is a give and take there, and like the song says, you take the good, you take the bad, put 'em together and you have the facts of life. Tonight, the facts of life were Johnny G Is King Shit of Blowout Mountain. Johnny B Good went 4-4 tonight, with one RBI and two runs scored. It was one of few bright spots in what turned out to be a death dirge soundtracked by House of Pain.
The Angels scored some other runs in other ways, but the also ended up losing 9-4, so it's all a moot point. The Angels lost to the worst team in their league, with Jered Weaver on the mound and Mike Trout playing DH. To quote Jimmy Conway, "what is this world coming to?!"
The losses can barely hold their sting any more, when you've gotten stung a billion times before already. No, I just grin and bare it, with this squad that's lost 7 out of their last 8 games, and is now 10 games under .500. I repeat: the Twins are the WORST! And they own the Angels.
9-4 home loss to the Twins...marinate on that, and then let me know the next time you're going to spend money to see this squad. Sure, watch at home, but we will eat more and more of this Moreno until something gives. I'll be patiently waiting.