The shine of Aaron Kushner-led Orange County Register continues to lose its, um, shine, as national media watchers pay attention to what we've been saying from the beginning: that despite hiring hundreds of reporters, fattening the paper, and doubling down on the future of dailies as a viable indust ... More >>
This year marks a decade since Phoenix businessman Arte Moreno bought Orange County's Angels baseball franchise, becoming the first Latino owner of a major-league professional sports franchise. It's been a stormy 10 years, with Moreno at first endearing himself to fans by spending hundreds of millio ... More >>
While your Anaheim Angels underachieve through yet another season of overpriced, over-the-hill free agents (what the hell is this: the early 1990s of Von Hays and Hubie Brooks), Halos fans can take solace in at least one victory for their team: Mother Jones has deemed Arte Moreno one of the least-as ... More >>
On Dec. 27, 2008--three months after graduating from his second DUI offender program, Angel Herrera Leal of Los Angeles decided to party by himself.Leal, who was convicted of DUI in 2005 and 2007, watched television at home and began drinking shots of tequila supplemented with lime sucking.He kept d ... More >>
The Rams are, of course, long gone and the Honda Center remains in need of an NBA team, but Orange County still has the Angels, Ducks, a whole bunch of mixed-martial arts fighters and assorted pro sports retirees who reside and/or hailed from here.Current and former pro athletes get into trouble som ... More >>
320 Main in Seal Beach rightfully gets praised in these pages again and again as OC's premier cocktail lab, a place where owner Jason Schiffer and his manager Dave Castillo dominate local competitors like the 1927 New York Yankees and give LA's bartenders not only a run for their money, but frequent ... More >>
America, go at it. From 2 to 6 p.m. today, Taco Bell will be giving customers a free Doritos Locos Taco.The fast-food chain had promised fans that if any player stole a base during the World Series, it would declare today Free Taco Tuesday. On Thursday, Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants swiped ... More >>
Despite a disappointing season--remember when World Series tickets were being printed up after the Angels landed Albert Pujols?--Anaheim skipper Mike Scioscia was recently lavished with job security comments from general manager Jerry Dipoto and owner Arte Moreno.So why is a MLB Network expert convi ... More >>
Vladimir Guerrero has returned to Anaheim.But, alas, not the Angels.The Toronto Blue Jays granted the former Halo slugger his wish to be released from a $1.3 million minor league contract after he left the AAA Las Vegas 51s late Monday night to return to the town he calls home.
"I had to pee so bad. It was unbelievable. I had to go relieve myself. Superstition had to go out the window."-Jered Weaver, after pitching the Angels to a 9-0 no-hitter vs. Minnesota last night at the Big A, explaining his mad dash out of the dugout after the eighth inning (via USA Today).
The Year on Navel Gazing and Beyond!
There is the Reconquista, and then there is what's happening with our Anaheim Angels--once the paragon of suburban gabacho aspirations as exemplified by Gene Autrey and Wally Joyner, now owned by a Latino (Arte Moreno), narrated by one (Jose Mota), and recent acquirers of Albert Pujols, the Domin ... More >>
The Angels may have huge holes to fill, a wet-behind-the-ears GM and a nagging lack of bat, but at least they don't have to give up another complimentary home game seat to Ian Alberto Callaspo Santana.You'll recognize two of those names as also belonging to the Halos' most-recent starting third b ... More >>
Flickr user beatluv As a by-the-glass fellow, Dave applauds the rising use of enomatic wine dispensers, shares a tongue-tantalizing recipe for authentic Catalan aollioli, dives into multiple bowls of pho in "Dueling Dishes," lists five crappy restaurant penny-pinches that piss us off and gets a h ... More >>
Flickr user waldo swiegersYour Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles have always excelled at the suicide squeeze, but this is ridiculous: About 15 Angels headed for the team bus taking them to today's game against the Yankees (5-0 NY in the seventh as this is being typed) witnessed the aftermath of an ap ... More >>
shop.mlb.com"Sport Spuds Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Mr. Potato Head," $15.99It looks like I may have created a bit of a stir in the Angel community in my first "Give 'Em Halos" post by suggesting the Angels could be in trouble so early in the season. Angels fans are very committed to their tea ... More >>
Christopher VictorioTaken at Game 5 of the Angels vs. Yankees ALCS last year. Three burning questions all OC'ers have to be asking this morning. One, what will airlines charge us for next? Two, what else will someone see an image of Jesus in? Most importantly however being are the Angels already ... More >>
The WeaveJered Weaver will receive the first Nick Adenhart Award during tonight's game at the Big A against the Oakland A's.Bestowing the award will be charged with emotion. Tonight also marks the one-year anniversary of Adenhart's death after pitching six scoreless innings at Anaheim Stadium. ... More >>
As usual, I stay out of this fray (mostly), because I'm condemned to fruitlessly root for the Chicago Cubs for eternity. But that doesn't mean I don't like to see other fans duke it out!Here are five topics to get the chingasos rolling...
Fox SportsSteve Physioc (left) and Rex Hudler, before they were fired in November.Steve Physioc, who was fired as the Angels television play-by-play man in November (along with his color man, Rex Hudler), is showing there are no hard feelings, at least when it comes to outfielder Torii Hunter, wh ... More >>
On the drive back from Rio Hondo College in Whittier yesterday, I managed to hear Angel Talk for the first time. It's the call-in show that follows any game by your Anaheim Angels and is hosted by Angels radio broadcaster Terry Smith. Yesterday, people called in whining about shortstop Erick Aybar n ... More >>
Everyone likes to get in on the fun on April Fools' Day, but perhaps not everyone should.
Bye-bye Frankie. ESPN is reporting that now ex-Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez has signed a three-year, $37 million deal with the New York Mets.Rodriguez, who broke the single-season saves record in 2008 with 62, will certainly make bank in NYC. And considering that he usually only works a single ... More >>
Others on this blog will undoubtedly dissect your Anaheim Angels' embarrassing flameout against the Boston Red Sox, so I'll just focus on the linguistic disaster that is the Halos' radio announcers (excluding the always-classy Jose Mota). One of them--Rory Markas? Terry Smith? Steve Physioc? Maybe e ... More >>
Faithful reader Cesar's attacks on an Angels fan got me thinking: why are Halos fans generally such pussies? I know of many exceptions, of course (Weekly managing editor Rich Kane being one of them), but the general stereotype of Angels followers being plastic, effete, polite pussies is just too tr ... More >>
As daily newspapers have laid off employees, they also make the mistake of hiring the foundation for their structure: the copy editors. We'll just assume that's what happened with the Orange County Register, which since its decision to suicide itself these past couple of years has increasingly had m ... More >>
Angels vs. Chicago White Sox
Revolution Rock, 9 p.m. Vagrant Vinnie spins old '45s and delights with hillbilly funk jazz. Viva La Revolución! Proof Bar 215 N. Broadway Santa Ana, CA 92701 714-953-2660 Joyride Mondays, 8 p.m. DJ Adam Smasher drives the fun bus tonight The Pike Bar & Grill 1836 E. Fourth St. Long Beach, CA 90 ... More >>
Anaheim Angels vs. Cleveland Indians
The Angels are auctioning off Chone Figgins' helmet for charity! Did Chone steal your heart as well as second base this season? Then cast your online bid and his helmet can be yours. No, ladies, not that kind of helmet. Where's Commie Girl when I need her to make GOOD jokes about Angels' genitalia ... More >>
Quite a night last night for Garret Anderson, who socked in a club record 10 ribbies for the Angels in their 18-9 thrubbing of the hapless Yankees, who they totally OWN (the Halos are the only MLB team with a winning record against the pinstriped peckerwoods during the Joe Torre era). Included in G. ... More >>
Remember when Disney owned your Anaheim Angels? Yeah, we've erased that from our memory as well (though not that sweet, sweet 2002 World Series win, por supuesto). But the fact remains that Disney is still very much an Orange County institution, especially Disneyland. That's why it shocked us last n ... More >>
The life and times of orange picker-turned-big leaguer Jesse Flores
Chances are if you were caught sneaking off to a baseball game instead of doing your job, you'd get in trouble. And if your job was a position of great public trust, in which you were literally holding a person's life in your hands, and you refused to return to work after you were contacted at the ... More >>
Nothing will ever outstrange what happened to the Angels in 1986
A coincidence, but one which raises a question. The coincidence: last night Japan won the title game in the World Baseball Classic, and last night I happened across a curious minor relic of the relationship between baseball in the U.S. and baseball in Japan. The question it raised in my mind: do th ... More >>
Last night, Anaheim was home to both The Happiest Place on Earth™ and a little corner of Mudville, where there is no joy, because last night in Anaheim, Team USA was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic. Mexico beat the major leaguers representing United States, 2-1. Only four teams now ... More >>
It's almost Valentine's Day, so it's only natural that dysfunctional relationships, crushed hopes, and the reek of squandered affection are in the air. What's a little less natural is that they are also in the sports pages. But when it comes Angel's owner Arte Moreno and Anaheim, you'd expect nothin ... More >>
The LA-OC Pedophile Priest Swap
The rest of us are stuck here
Latinos are front-runners, just like everyone else