One perk of this job is catching Angels games from the press box, where for nothing more than unreadable team coverage you get to enjoy the best seats in Angel Stadium, pluck free hot food from an all-you-can-eat buffet and snap rubberbands at the LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna. But on opening day at the Big A, the press box will have moved from behind home plate to the right field line, and while that does not bother occasional occupants like me as long as the free 'dogs keep coming, beat reporters are experiencing bunched panties.
Your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim have decided to further help subsidize those long-term, multimillion-dollar contracts owner Arte Moreno has been doling out like Chiclets, more luxury boxes will replace the primo press box location–once reconstruction crews find all the baseballs Wonder Dog dropped while trying to juggle and broadcast at the same time.
LaVelle E. Neal III, the incoming president of the Baseball Writers Association of America, considers the move a travesty, tweeting:
But it's a good bet the reaction of the average Angel fan will mirror this NBC Sports Hardball Talk comment to recipient of my black Halos cap tip Craig Calcaterra:
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.