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, October 04, 2004

and there was much cause for Cool and the Gang

Back from our weekend in Oakland. Here are a few of my favorite moments and general impressions, in no particular order...

1) The Colesium is actually a time machine. I say this because all the music they play there is at least eight years old. Are they letting Hammer pick the songs? Are they too cheap to buy new music other than the Black Eyed Peas?

2) The Angels actually needed a time machine, so that worked out OK. There hasn't been much magic this year, but the team that played in Oakland over the weekend had magic.

3)A's fans are some of the nicest people I've ever encountered. How can this be the same city, the same building, that produces Raiders fans? When we sat down on Saturday, people were telling us that they knew our team was going to win, that theirs didn't "deserve" to win. Not 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game Saturday, A's fans were wishing us luck and giving us high-fives. In any interaction, an A's fan would first of all say an obligatory "Angels Suck" or whatever, and then immediately wish the Angels luck in the playoffs.

4)On the other hand, it's a very strage experience to be booed and heckled in a mall because you are still wearing your red game-wear.

5)Percival-batter-DaVanon. What a delightful combination, let's see that again. And hey, nice catch!

5)Way to draw a walk.

6) Way to draw another walk.

7)Nice triple Jeff, but couldn't you have gotten it 3 inches higher? Never mind. Nice triple.

8)Curtis Pride rocks. He was amazing in the outfield on Sunday. FYI, according to National Theatre of the Deaf (at first that came out "Dead" and that's an entirely different kind of theatre)you "clap" for a hearing-impaired person by holding up your hands and waving them rapidly (it's all in the wrist). Don't know if that holds true for a baseball game or not, but you'd think we'd be able to come up with something.

9)Nice steal Jeff!

10)So after the game on Saturday, all the Angels fans congregated in the stadium next to the Angels dugout. And we hung out. And we chilled. And we chanted. And we clapped. And we chanted some more. Then we stomped. We were fairly hard-up for chants at this point, so we did "na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye" for no particular reason. And we gave each other high-fives. I'm not entirely sure what we were waiting for, maybe for the team to come back out, or something. But we waited. And we waited with enthusiasm. And there were *hudreds* of us. And then they kicked us out. So we strolled through the concourse and chanted some more. Echo! Everyone loves an echo!

11) Too bad the Salt Lake City Stingers couldn't beat the Oakland A's. It's a bit frightening to look at a line-up and realize that Jeff is the most seasoned person on it.

12) Bringing Kevin Gregg into a game now illicits from us the same reaction that we used to give to "Mr. Goggles." It's short and simple. "No!!!!!"

13) I happen to think that selling monkeys in nooses is taking things a little far.

14) One section over from us there was a proposal on Sunday! I'm not sure I'd want to propose to my girlfriend with the assistance of a person in an elephant costume,and with drunk onlookers, but that's me. It was all very nice. She said yes.

15) I don't understand the elephant. He dances.

16) I love the sno-cone vendor. I just wanted to pack him up in a box and bring him home with me so he could just say "sno-cones here, get your sno-cones" for my personal enjoyment. Plus, he gave me a straw when the "no straws or lids for your drinks" policy left me with no way to drink the Dr. Pepper I had purchased.

17) Playing the Josh Paul Drinking Game live is an unusual experience. I almost had to chug once, but he didn't actually catch the person trying to steal.

18) Stupid Dodgers and their stupid, dramatic, come-from-behind-in-the-bottom-of-the-ninth victory overshadowing our victory!

I took some pictures and I'll post them later.

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