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...

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Designated Non-hitter

Jeff started at DH against the A's. He was hitless with no walks and more strikeouts than I've ever seen from him untill he got a nice double in the bottom of the 8th. He then got thrown out advancing to 3rd on Benji's single. The Angels are all about agressive baserunning, so even if Jeff had a choice about whether or not to run, he didn't have much of a choice. He seemed kind of angry that he got thrown out though, but moments later he was joking with Figgins, so I guess he got over it.

The home plate ump had a really bizarre strike zone, and Jeff, in particular, seemed confused by what the ump was calling as strikes.

The most important thing about the game was that Jeff was in the starting line-up. According to the broadcasters, Salmon really wanted to play this game, but Mike told him they were going with Jeff.

I feel for Salmon, transitioning into a new role is never fun. But he needs to get over himself. And also, he needs to shut up. Whining to the media just never ever looks good. Future professional athletes of America, hear my words, whining to the media never looks good. Whine to your friends. And your friends are not the media.

This also sucks for Jeff. He always seems to do well when the rest of the team doesn't, which obscures his accomplishments, or when the team does well he hits a slump, making him look like the weak link in the chain.

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