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, September 27, 2005

And There was Much Rejoicing....

The Angels' Magic Number is 0!


The Halos have won 10 of their last 11 games, and (Warning: Cliche Ahead) none was bigger than Tuesday's 4-3 victory which clinched the AL West Division. For the second year in a row, the final out was made by the left fielder, and the Angels poured out of the dugout in jubilation. (Juan Rivera got the honor this year, and this site's namesake, Jeff DaVanon had the privilege in '04.)

Now Scioscia can juggle some pitchers to set the playoff rotation, and whittle the team back down to twenty-five players. And with the other American League playoff contenders all losing today, the Angels still have a shot at securing home field advantage if they can maintain their winning ways.

Surprisingly, KCAL-9 provided extensive post-game coverage. Rex Hudler did a fair job of grabbing (in some cases literally) players for a few cliche-laden interviews. Most of the players shied away when he announced they were "live" but few were able to escape his clutches. Orlando Cabrera said he doesn't do anything live, and Vlad spoke solely in Spanish, but Scioscia had the most memorable line of the night when he asked the Wonderdog (and Bosley pitch man) if his hair would stay on if he doused him with champagne.

As the broadcast finally came to a close, KCAL aired a brief montage of Angel highlights from the previous ten broadcast years. Next year, the National League "town rival" moves to KCAL, and the Angels?... Well, not only do they not have a network for 2006 as of yet, but none of their broadcasters (TV or radio) are under contract yet either. But, this seems like a topic for another time....

There has yet to be an official announcement at their website, but Monday at the Big A is "Rally Monday" beginning at 5:30 pm. Hopefully, this year's rally will be bigger and better than last year's. But regardless, I'll be there - so be sure to say, "Hi!" I'll be the one in red...


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