The Angels’ Road Trip Was a Scream

By Mark Gubizca

June 14, 2010

     When the Angels embarked on the 14-game road trip, I had no idea what to expect from them. They had just lost their best run producer for the year and I wondered how they would respond. Well, they responded like a true champ. Just ask the Dodgers about their heart and will to win. I know it’s way early in the year but an 11-3 road trip speaks volumes of the character of a team that’s been there and done that! Scos has this team believing that all 25 guys on the team are important and will help them win a game at some time during the year.
     A split in Oakland of the four-game series was really the only somewhat negative of the whole trip. Even that’s not bad, considering the battles these two teams have had over the last decade or so. The West has been won by the A’s or Angels for a long time. A series win in Kansas City, a sweep in Seattle and a split in Oakland. Then it was time to head to Tinseltown. The Dodgers were riding high when the Halos came to take on the Blue Crew. A great rivalry has been brewing for a while. The Angels have a slight edge on the all time record. A crazy train, or should a say a crazy scream, couldn’t slow the Halos. They had a job to do and they did it.
     Friday night was pretty cool at Dodger Stadium. Ozzy Osbourne was at the stadium to attempt to break a record for the loudest and longest scream by a group of people. At least that’s what I think was going on. I may be having an Ozzy moment myself , so forgive me if I don’t have all the details right. I am, and have been, an Ozzy fan my whole life.
     Whether as a solo artist or with Black Sabbath, he can rock. I think a record was set for longest scream, but the Angels were the loudest during the game! Ten runs scored and all of them were scored when there were 2 outs in the inning. Joel Piniero went CG and scored 3 runs himself. I can never resist mentioning a pitcher when he does something on the offensive side. Game 1 went to the Angels as well as Game 2.

     A chance for a sweep of the Dodgers was there for taking. Weaver dealt, mixed a base hit. Torii and Nap went yard as Matsui had 3 knocks a day after his birthday. The broom was brought out against the Dodgers. A great comeback by the Dodgers at the end of the game, made you realize it’s going to be fun when the Boys in Blue invade the Big A next week. In my opinion, the Dodgers are the best team in the NL. The next series is going to be even tougher.
     The Brewers are coming in this week before we go back out on the road again to play the Cubbies. It’ll be my first time in Wrigley Field. A dream come true.
     Before I let you go, I want to tell you what a honor it was for me to speak to Vin Scully at Dodger Stadium this weekend. A true legend and a better human being. We talked about the ’89 All-Star game played in Anaheim. I was lucky enough to play in that game. Vin talked about having President Reagan there to do some color analyst work with him and Hall of Famer, Tom Seaver. He remembered it all like it was yesterday. Vin makes you feel at home . A true story teller.

     Thanks Mr. Scully for giving me a few minutes of your time. I’ll never forget it.