The Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles, the Santa Ana Drags, Huntington Beach surfers, Santa Cruz surfers and OC-bred quarterbacks Matt Leinart, Colt Brennan and Mark Sanchez wind up in this week's especially sporty compilation of things said about or from Orange County on the Interwebs.
Piggybacking off a post about changes in the Seattle Mariners lineup, one blogger tosses out this intriguing possibility: Former Angels' spark plug Chone Figgins returning to Anaheim.
Crypt from the headlines, here are our annual 31 flavors of fiendishness
Things really are tough all over. Robert Castillo was let go as a production manager with the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles in the 2007 off-season. He hasn't latched onto a new job since, so he is selling his 2002 Anaheim Angels World Series Championship ring. Asking price: $19,995.What's even sa ... More >>
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We told you last week about Angel Herrera Leal facing a murder charge in Fullerton's North Justice Center a December 2008 crash on the 5 freeway near Disney Way in Anaheim that occurred after the Los Angeles 30-year-old drove several miles the wrong way. Leal was found guilty by a jury today of ... More >>
Andrew Thomas GalloSeparate murder trials for two alleged drunken drivers begin this morning in Orange County.One you've heard a lot about, the other not so much.Guess that's to be expected when a rookie phenom Angels pitcher is a murder victim in the more talked-about case.
Tommy Craggs is having a helluva time revealing the financial secrets of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in "MLB Confidential" on Deadspin.com, thanks to leaked documents team officials have confirmed are the real deal.Major League Baseball and Angels' VP of Communications Tim Mead are not amu ... More >>
Yes, they're eight games back in the AL West. Yes, they can't even win their series against miserable teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles, though in the Halos defense Baltimore had magic on its side. Yes, very few Angels players seem like they give a crap right no ... More >>
Jay Brockman/OC WeeklyWe're well into the last half of the Major League Baseball season, and if you've been paying attention to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recently, you'll know they haven't been playing their best. There have been a few players worth noting (Hint: his name rhymes with ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyMajor League Baseball's All-Star Game isn't known for enlisting sluggers with squeaky clean criminal records. Exhibit A: this mugshot gallery.And Orange County, where today's All-Star Game will be held, has time and again lured athletes into trouble--legal, medical ... More >>
MLB.comIf you've been reading along with OC Weekly recently, you'll remember that we reviewed the eats both inside and outside the stadium where a certain important baseball game will be played tomorrow.If you can't handle the idea of overpaying for stadium food, here are some additional suggesti ... More >>
Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter began the season making controversial comments about blacks and Latinos in Major League Baseball and headed into the All-Star break calling out teammates who may be dogging it.Now Spiderman says he wants to do whatever a general manager can.
Courtesy of Angels BaseballThis has been as odd a season of Major League Baseball as there has ever been. That's really saying something for an organized sport that has been played for more than 100 years.Consider the four no-hit games pitched before the break, how two of those no-hitters were perfe ... More >>
California's planned high-speed rail system has been the target of varied criticism, including from Orange County state assemblywoman Diane Harkey who wants to kill the thing outright. Now, a study from UC Berekely--funded by the high-speed rail authority--says the entire project is based on ride ... More >>
What a great time to be a sports fan. The world's best soccer players are battling in South Africa, the world's best basketball teams played an epic Game 7 for the NBA Championship and, here in Orange County, the Angels are back!After a long struggle that had many reaching for the panic button, t ... More >>
Originally posted 2:45, June 15. Updated 4:59 p.m. with non-comment comments from the city and the Angels. See bottom of post. J. Paul Charlebois says that he wanted to watch a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game from the Anaheim stadium's club level, which is the swanky tier with box seats ... More >>
When Kendry Morales came down after his game-winning home run celebration, then stayed down; some Angels faithful rewound back to 1999. That was the year the Halos signed Mo Vaughn to a six-year, $80-million contract, at the time the highest in the game. The excitement in Orange County was palpab ... More >>
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zazzle.comDear Mr. Selig,Good morning, Mr. Commissioner, it's me, the voice of all baseball fans! I've been whispering in your ear for some time but you have managed to tune me out more often than not. That ends now: the rumble you hear is the dissatisfaction with the status quo that you have it ... More >>
Faces of Andrew Thomas GalloThe attorney for Andrew Thomas Gallo, the 23-year-old San Gabriel resident facing second-degree murder and other charges in the crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others, has filed a motion to move the trial out of Orange County.
Flickr user Rich AndersonDarin Erstad hits a game-tying homer for the Angels in 2005.The way the Angels have been playing so far this season, they could use a Timmy Salmon, Troy Percival and especially Darin Erstad in their primes. At least Ersty is giving something back to fans and the Orange Co ... More >>
Kendry Morales' injury: Not as cute as this kitten'sSo, I'm sitting here watching the Angels game on Saturday. They are hosting the Mariners who were pre-season favorites to win the division but are playing more like Mouseketeers than Mariners. Despite that, however, they managed to beat up the h ... More >>
OC WeeklyDear Tony,What's up? How are you today? Feeling a little heat no doubt. Sorry about that, but you know how the old saying goes, if you can't stand the heat...I'm writing today as the voice of all Angels fans. What gives me that right? Well, nothing in particular, I just felt like writing ... More >>
Flickr user takomabibelotWith summer vacation just about to start for most students here in Southern California, a report card is the furthest thing from their minds. For the Angels, however, a quarterly review is not only needed, it has to be signed by a parent and returned ASAP.This isn't going ... More >>
Flickr user IrargerichBaseball is known for--amongst other things--its passionate fans, players with quirky nicknames and managers that wear the same outfit as its players. Nothing exemplifies baseball, however, as much as the stat. No outfield-running drunken fan, player who goes by "Chipper" ... More >>
"We are two wild and crazy guys!"This is exactly what Angel fans were waiting for. Forget the sweep of the A's, the four wins on a six-game homestand or even Kendry Morales' continued torrid pace--fans were waiting on the pitching. On this homestand, the Angels finally delivered.It's no ... More >>
OC WeeklyThe only thing worse than having someone break up with you is to hear the stupid clichés everyone uses to try to cheer you up with afterward:"Dude, you are better off without her.""Come on man, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.""The best way to get over someone is to get under ... More >>
Flickr user SD DirkJohn Lackey Tonight, the Angels face former teammate John Lackey in what was--before some ridiculous comments by the former Halo--nothing more than another game against the Sox. Lackey apparently wanted to up the ante, so he opened his mouth and spewed garbage.
Flickr user DTrigger05We have been spoiled.
The biggest non-surprise of the week: your Anaheim Angels' owner, Arte Moreno, offering no comment to the Los Angeles Times when they asked about his stance on Arizona's SB1070, that piece of Copper State legislation that makes OC's own Proposition 187 seem as anti-Mexican as El Plan de Santa Bar ... More >>
Flickr user myhsuThe baseball season is too long. The baseball preseason is too long. Even baseball's post-season now runs into November!When you have a total of 16 games in your season, as in the NFL, a two-game losing streak is enough to finish you. In baseball, that amounts to a blip on the ra ... More >>
Flickr user chris.ptacek The Angels under Mike Scioscia have been about consistency. Their manager preaches, and seems to live by, a mantra of keeping everything balanced. Losses don't get the team too low and winning doesn't get them too high. The approach has worked well for Orange County's bas ... More >>
The day is this past Tuesday; the occasion, Opening Day for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The music is tamborazo, the brass-band racket native to Zacatecas; the group, from Jerez, where my parents and thousands of Orange County residents are from (most of them coming LEGALLY, because their parents we ... 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 >>
Aaron Boone, the former Villa Park High School star and son of the Angels catcher from 1982-88 Bob Boone, today announced he will retire and become an ENPN baseball analyst.
After losing Lackey and Figgy to free agency, you'd think the Angels would do all they could to keep a budding potential superstar like shortstop Erick Aybar as happy as possible.Happy in the lock-him-up-in-a-long-lucrative-contract sense, because Aybar is not exactly a brooder. But, after Aybar ... More >>
Oliver out!It's bad enough the Angels are losing another solid arm and strong locker room presence, but must such a player go to a division rival?ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick broke the news that lefty reliever Darren Oliver is headed back to his first Major League team--and the Angels' Western Divis ... More >>
I'm of two opinions regarding the news that longtime Anaheim Angels pitcher John Lackey (the big lug above) has left your Halos for the accursed (as opposed to cursed) Boston Red Sox. One is: who cares? Is an ace really an ace when he has a career 3.81 ERA, only two truly great seasons out of sev ... More >>
Henry W. Head, founding father of OC, longtime Santa Ana doctor...I was speaking with a local GOP operative recently when he said something that shocked me. The topic was my recent cover story on the Candy-Ass Gang, the trio of pendejos and one pendeja who prosecutors say drove into Huntington Be ... More >>
Angels third baseman, switch-hitting lead-off hitter and spark plug Chone Figgins is apparently bound for American League Western Division rival Seattle.The Orange County Register, citing multiple sources, says the Mariners are on the verge of signing the free-agent to a four-year contract for ap ... More >>
As anyone following your Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim knows, free agency will likely create big holes the Halos must fill to remain a top tier playoff contender. A die-hard who realizes this oh-so-well is Stephen Smith over at FutureAngels.com, which today pres ... More >>
Johnny Damon's inability to hit the ball is really pissing off the above Yankees fan whose voice doesn't quite match his lips. (But love the hair!)Nick Swisher, who is also lugging an unblemised stick into the ALCS against the Angels, is apparently on notice with this fellow, too.A-Rod and Jet ... More >>
If the Angels are America's Team, does that make Barbara Coe the new Sarah Palin?What is going on with America? Forget about the economy, the Know Nothings, the garbage-dwelling Linda Ackerman campaign and refry this: in an ESPN SportsNation poll that I can't find online but was just broadcast on ... More >>
New York still has fresh memories of winning three of four from the Angels in September, and having home-field advantage for the best-of-seven American League Championship Series as well as A-Rod suddenly finding his postseason bat are huge. But the Yankees live up to their team name when pl ... More >>
"Weave"With this being "Best of OC 2009" week all over ocweekly.com (and in those old-timey newsracks), and Angels hurler Jered Weaver scheduled to take the mound for tonight's game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, it's appropriate to revisit Weave's appearance ... More >>