A’s 4, Angels 5
It’s over. We sat through game after game after game until that total reached a hundred sixty-two. Some were good, some were bad. We saw Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani...we also saw Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena, Jabari Blash, Kaleb Cowart...
This is about today, however. We appreciate Mike Scioscia, for what may be his last game as manager of the Los Angeles Angels. Stay tuned for any postgame remarks.
Today, Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons didn’t play. Kole Calhoun was taken out in the first inning. Mike Trout was taken out in the second. Mike Scioscia gave all of the old guard an opportunity to hold the lineup card, such as Alfredo Griffin, Josh Paul, Dino Ebel...
If this isn’t goodbye, then it’s a damn well interesting way of going about business.
The particulars weren’t too important. Jefry Marte ripped a HR, possibly his last as an Angel. He later added an RBI double. Stephen Piscotty and Franklin Barreto matched him with two-run HR efforts.
I was sad. I was lonely. Taylor Ward stepped up to the plate and blasted a two-run walkoff homer. I’m still sad and lonely, but I initially walked away from 2018 with one of those little wry smiles you get when you alone know a secret that you can’t share with anyone else. The secret of hope.
We won one last time, and that’s it until 2019.
In the meantime, I leave you with this, courtesy of Rahul and Jessica:
I am going to step down. I will not be returning to manage the Angels next year. -Scioscia— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) September 30, 2018