Update – 5:05 pm: It’s a wash. The game was PPd; Angels still whiny bitches. 

So here we go again. The LA Angels of Anaheim, Orange County, California, play the World Champs tonight for this three-game-series finale. Who starts? Why it’s Kelvim Escobar. Who catches for the ChiSox? Why it’s none other than AJ Pierzynski, the “clubhouse cancer” and the Cheat that “stole” (as the Califronia press would like you to believe) first base last year in game 2 of the ALCS – the ball hit the dirt BTW.

it hit the dirt

The umps have been told to be on the alert for the game tonight. Ozzie and Escobar have exchanged words over the media. But both managers insist nothing’s going on.

From the LA Times:

Both managers vehemently denied there was any animosity between the teams, and if crew chief Tim Welke issues warnings before tonight’s game, Guillen said, “There’s a great chance of me getting thrown out before the first pitch.”

This all seems like it’s a bone the Anaheim and LA papers are wanting to pick with the Sox; “Angry Sox” read one headline, and of course, there was this correction (reg. required) from the LA Times on April 30th:


Baseball: A headline Sunday in Sports about Saturday’s Angel game said Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen was mad at Angel Manager Mike Scioscia. Guillen was mad at Angel pitcher Kelvim Escobar for hitting White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch. —

Maybe LA press has to stir up controversy now that the Angels can’t seem to find their winning ways.

How ’bout stop instigatin’, stop whining, and play ball.

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  1. Nick Kapur says:

    What’s most amazing to me is that Dunn got through wavers, which means that 17 major league teams passed on him, including the Dodgers. Passed on paying somewhere around 3 million for two months of the major league home run leader. If I were the Dodgers, I would have taken him at first base – what an upgrade that would have been over James Loney, on an extremely power-starved team.

    And what a great deal for the D-Backs. Unless one of the two players to be named is actually an uber-prospect or something, which seems highly unlikely, for a couple of prospects they hardly need, they get to add Dunn and all his homers to one of the worst offenses around, plus they get two compensation picks in the draft next year when Dunn walks.

  2. Coley Ward says:

    Maybe the Dodgers just didn’t want to give up the prospects that the Reds wanted in return for Dunn?

  3. Nick Kapur says:

    No, they wouldn’t have had to give up prospects – just put in a claim. Then the Reds can only deal with the Dodgers, so the Reds only have 3 choices. Either they A) work out a trade, B) just let the Dodgers take over Dunn’s salary, or C) they pull Dunn back from waivers and have to play out the season with him. If I’m Ned Colletti and I don’t want to give up prospects, I’d just put in the claim but refuse to work out a trade. The Reds would be stuck and the D-Backs wouldn’t get Dunn.

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