Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Ready For Philly Phlight After Angel Dive
For the Los Angeles Angels, it’s a murderers’ low.
The Yankees simply exposed the Halos as hollow.
The Angels as the wrong angles.
The city as Loss Angeles.
So much for my prediction: Angels over Philly in six.
For this World Series, I couldn’t be serious.
New York sure is after ousting L.A. in the pennant series.
So now the Yanks and Phils are about to swing away in baseball’s championship round.
As for old news:
What happened to the Angels?
How could the Halos look like such zeros?
The short answers:
Yankee pitchers fired strikes. Halo hurlers lobbed balls.
New York’s batters hit the damn ball. L.A.’s lineup imitated the MLB logo — all stance, no swing.
So what does Disneyland’s neighborhood team do now? Suit up new guys.
Say bye to this costly quartet: Vlad, Figgy, Abreu, Lackey.
Say hi to these famished four: Wood, Sandoval, Evans, Bell.
You’ll need an iPhone to ID next season’s Angels. And time to brood if you’re a Halo fan. The 2010 bunch will hardly win the American League West by 10 games, as this year’s version did.
Which sets up the Halos nicely for 2011 heaven. Meaning a leap into the World Series.
Here’s saying they’ll have to rise that year on the wings of another manager. Mike Scioscia has to wear his Dodger blue one day, so he might as well get that move over with.
But enough about the locals. On the World stage, the Phillie-Yankee show was last set to open in 1964 — until the Phils phlopped horribly in September, handing St. Louis the National League pennant.
Forty-five years later, Philly-New York is a go. Minus Johnny Callison and Mickey Mantle, those teams’ stars back then.
Now we’re about to watch Ryan Howard slug it out with A Rod.
My call minutes before the first pitch: Philly in phive.
Bucky Fox is an author and editor in Southern California who runs BuckyFox.com.