As the Angels open the 2011 season, fans that I’ve talked to approach this year with a mixed bag of excitement and uncertainty. On the one hand it’s the year of the Golden Halo, the Angels’ 50th Anniversary season and on the other hand the Angels are beginning the season in an unfamiliar place for the first time in recent memory they will not be the defending American League West Champions.
For diehard fans like me I don’t mind it much, I remember when the Angels would inevitable losers of the major leagues, the team that everybody made fun of, there was evening we made poking fun at them postulating that only divine intervention would make them winners. Since 2002 obviously that is not the case, the Angels have made a consistent effort not only to be competitive but to also be contenders in the playoffs. Last year was her first bad year in a very long time, fans at him with management were very unhappy with the results and the organization has vowed to improve.
The acquisition of Vernon Wells should help a pretty potent outfield is expected this point that the Angels will rely primarily on their farm system to get them through this year. The potential in prospects Mike Trout and Hank Conger is infinite. Hank Conger was the most valuable player of major league baseball’s futures game, Mike Trout has been touted as an impact prospect in the Angels’ system in recent years.
The Angels have a huge challenge in front of them this year, primarily how to did defeat Boston this year? With the impact editions that the Red Sox have made such as Carl Crawford among others, I can’t help but wonder how the Angels overcome these challenges and assuming they find a way to defeat Boston how would they handle the team like the Philadelphia Phillies that have one of the best rotations in recent memory? These are issues that the Angels must address.
Overall I’m just excited that we are three weeks away from opening day in the baseball regular season, I can not wait for the best sound of the crack of the bat, the slap of the ball against the catcher’s glove, the roar of the crowd, the sound of the vendors yelling at the top of their lungs “get your peanuts here!” Among other sounds unique only to the game of baseball. Go Angels!