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Angels out of the 2012 World Series playoffs!

4 Oct

English: Retired ballplayer Tim Salmon, at a M...

English: Retired ballplayer Tim Salmon, at a Morale, Welfare and Recreation event at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, May 11, 2008.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Mike Trout (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, anybody who has been following me for a while knows of my love for baseball, in particular, for the Anaheim Angels. Unfortunately, they didn’t get the chance to play for the wildcard position, and sadly, they are out of the playoffs for 2012 World Series. But hey, folks, they finished strong, and that’s what counts-that they finished at all! One of the great things the team can boast is the outstanding numbers put up by rookie Mike Trout. 30 home runs with 40 stolen bases! All this in his rookie year with the Angels!  Very, very good for a rookie player. This guy just turned 21 recently. We haven’t seen the like of that talent since Tim Salmon was a rookie player for the Angels. Of course, the team has come along way including winning the 2002 World Series, something all Angel fans dreamed would happen one day. I remember back in the 1960’s, and my Uncle Don would take me and my older brother John, down from Santa Barbara, California, where I grew up as a child, to Anaheim, California, some 123 miles. My uncle instilled in the then 12-year-old boy a love for baseball which continues today. The great thing about it is that I was able to do the same for my son, when he was 6! I took him to his first game, and he has been a big baseball fan ever since. I have always encouraged my kids to do whatever they like, and to pursue it if they had the time and money to do so. Unfortunately, my son and I don’t get to go to see the Angels very much anymore. Because of health issues, the trip is just too hard on this 55-year-old body, but thank God for TV! But still, there is something magical about being there. Well, I guess as they say-its an experience you must take for yourself to really, truly, understand what I am writing about today. It’s like Disneyland! Been there, done that.  All the sites, and the sounds of the game, not to mention the excitement. You know a friend of mine, who is a big basketball fan, once asked me how I could like a game that is so laid back? To which I replied because it reflects who I am as a person. Moments of long silence followed by moments of sheer excitement! I don’t know how else to describe it to you. So whether you are a baseball fan, or not, I know that if I have written this piece correctly, and have kept your interest thus far, that you have enjoyed taking the trip to the ballpark with me all  without ever leaving your home!

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