Back in 2011, our old supreme leader, Rev Halofan, brought a handful of us Halos Heaven ruffians up from the realm of the comments and the Fanposts, and into the world of official, front page posting. Yep, he had given us the keys to the Halos Heaven muscle car and was now allowing us to take it for a spin whenever and wherever we’d like.
In a couple months, I’ll have been in my site manager/editor-in-chief role for two years, and one of the things I’m most proud of in that time is curating a new group of amazing and talented writers to grace the front page of our esteemed site. I have tried to do the same thing for the new blood I’ve brought on as Rev did for me all those years ago, giving them the outlet, the tools and all the audience one could ever need to broadcast their Angels-related opinions.
As a community, it’s also crucial to know these writers, to feel familiar and friendly with them, because that’s what makes the Halos Heaven vibe so special. So, once again, I’m doing just as Rev did back in 2011, and I’m posting some Q&As that I did for each of the new staff writers that we’ve seen come on in the past year. Heck, I even used Rev’s same questions!
So, without further ado, let’s meet the Halos Heaven staff, shall we?
Chad is somewhat new to the staff, but he’s been putting up good Fanposts for awhile, so I’m sure you were already somewhat familiar with the name. Halos Heaven has recently added a few youngsters to the roster, and Chad is one of them...he goes to Cal State Fullerton, isn’t even old enough to drink yet (legally), and recently switched from a journalism major to history major.
But he tells me the plan is still the same: He wants to write. I could have assumed as much just from his Fanposts, or the fact that he had his own Angels blog at one point, which he told me nobody read. To me, that’s a feather in the cap, not something to be down about. That shows me someone who just loves to write, no matter if thousands are reading, or if nobody whatsoever is reading. (I felt the very same way about our very own Jessica DeLine, and look how great of an addition she’s turned out to be!!)
Dude loves the Angels, loves to write about the Angels, and is pretty dang nice, to boot. That’s all I need to see to put him on the official HH roster.
Of course, after his thoughts on “Buttercup”...you may not be hearing from Chad very much any more. (I’m totally kidding, Chad, I promise)
WHO WAS THE FIRST ANGELS PLAYER YOU DECIDED WAS "YOUR GUY"?
Troy Glaus was the first player to earn the title of “My Favorite Player,” and I’m still not completely sure why. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that he played third base, and I happened to play third in Little League at the time, so I just decided that the third baseman on my favorite team would be my favorite player. It could have just been because I might’ve been fascinated with monster home runs when I was younger. Regardless, Troy Glaus was my guy, and he still is.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CURRENT ANGEL AND WHY?
This is a tough one, but I’ll go with Andrelton Simmons. Simmons is just so much fun to watch. He does something spectacular on defense almost every night, and it’s so often something I’ve never seen before. There’s just something about watching a good defender in action that never gets old. Yeah, home runs are cool and all, but they get boring after a while. However, there are so many different plays that can be made on defense, and Simmons seems capable of making just about all of them. Simply put, Simmons is the game’s best defensive infielder, and his style is like no one else’s.
WHICH SIDE OF THE "STATS VS CHEMISTRY" DEBATE ARE YOU ON AND WHY?
I think I fall somewhere in the middle, but slightly more closely to the stats side. On one hand, it makes sense that you’ll probably perform better at your job if you like the people you work with. However, if I have to choose between Player A, who is perceived as a “good clubhouse guy,” and Player B, who is seen as the opposite, but Player B has better numbers, I’ll take Player B every time. I think there might be something to chemistry, and I’d rather my players enjoy playing with each other than not, but I would never place such a big emphasis on it that I would sacrifice on-field value for the possibility that my players might like each other a little better and will therefore play a little better.
PICK A SONG FOR THE ANGELS TO REPLACE BUTTERCUP WITH?
Just wait for the last question…
IF YOU WERE IN CHARGE OF THE ANGELS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, NAME THE PERFORMER YOU BREAK THE BANK TO GET...
The obvious answer for me is Weezer because, well, they’re awesome.
SAY SOMETHING BALLSY / CONTROVERSIAL FOR US TO REMEMBER YOU BY...
I don’t mind Buttercup being played during the seventh inning stretch.