Watching Jeff DaVanon

Watching Jeff DaVanon

A weblog devoted to #55 of the Anaheim Angels, Jeff DaVanon. How is he doing? Is he getting his due respect yet? Let's watch and see...

Monday, June 07, 2004

Angels vs Tribe, not a pretty sight (unless you like watching Jeff)

Jeff was DH In Friday's 9-6 loss to Cleveland. He was 2 for 4, including one that was this close to being a home run. Admittedly, I wanted it to be a home run, so perhaps my eyes are biased. Jeff actually got to hit from the right side for one at-bat, he made contact but flied out. He had 1 RBI.

On Saturday Jeff returned to his old stomping ground in right field, and Vlad DH'ed. Jeff basically carried the bloody team, going 3-4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, and officially catching up to Vlad during the course of the game for owner of best batting average on the team. (On Sunday, Vlad would continue to underperform and Jeff would pass him in batting average.) Despite this great performace (and twice being the tying run at third base)Jeff did not get even 1 RBI or get to score. This is primarily due to the bottom of the order sucking and Vlad and Guillen not being very good on Saturday.

In right field, Jeff made a bunch of easy plays, and slightly bobbled one ball which maybe resulted in a missed out but ultimately didn't effect the score. He hustled a lot, backing up plays at first and center (this is the first time I've attended a game where Jeff played right field, and I saw him in front of us a lot more than I've ever seen Vlad. He was amused by the crowd's antics, especially the right field beachers' "sudden synchronized beach ball unleashing" and was seen pointing to the crowd while making a comment of some kind to Aaron, the right field ballboy, which one can only assume was something along the lines of "check that out." He also hung out to collect Coco Crisp's homerun which the fans threw back on the field, operating under the mistaken assumption that Angels' Field is another name for Wrigley Field. Late in the game, Jeff made it to second by the skin of his teeth, just beating a throw. The Indian's went to the official to contest the call, and the umpire said "he just beat it." Media-wise, since Chone's home run created the only runs for the Angels, and since his botched play at 3rd didn't help matters, he was the star of the game, and the only thing any commentators talked about during it. Although they did make passing note of Jeff's hitting streak when they thought of it in between fawning over Figgins and Vlad.

Sunday's game saw a left-handed starting pitcher, so (of course) Jeff sat out and did not see any play during the game. His batting average is currently .352 and his on-base percentage is .438. He leads his team in both stats and were he eligable to be considered in league-wide stats (for some reason he isn't, probably not enough at-bats or at-bats per game played something) he would be 3rd in the AL in batting average and 4th in OBP.

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