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...

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Fish out of water

Instead of soldiering on through the season (and whatever post-season there may be) and then having surgery on his ailing shoulder, Tim Salmon is bowing out of the season now. He will have surgery on his shoulder and surgery on his knee. He will not play again this season. He will not play next season, as the combined surgeries and recoveries will take the better part of a year.

His contract is up after next year.

It wasn't supposed to go down like this. Tim Salmon, who began his career with the Angels, and played in multiple uniforms under multiple owners and led the team to a World Series Win, was supposed to ease slightly to the side this year, play DH for this year and next, put up respectable numbers, and then retire in a blazing sea of red haloed glory. It was supposed to be planned. We were all supposed to have time to get used to it. Tim was supposed to have time to get used to it.

And now it is like this. Tim still wants to play in his future. I wish him the best, I wish him luck with the surgery and recovery and road back to playing. But I do not know if that is what lies before him. In 2006, will there really be a place worthy of him on the team? Would he play for another team? Could he even imagine doing that, could we?

It just wasn't supposed to be like this. But it is.

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