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 20, 2005

Putting the Cart before the Horse...

Not that I'm expecting the Angels' season to end anytime soon by posting this, but today's LA Times lists a few highlights about the 2006 Angel Schedule.

The Angels will play their home opener next season against the Yankees.

The Angels open the 2006 season at Seattle on April 3. After three games against the Mariners, the Angels return to Anaheim for three games against the Yankees (April 7-9) and three against the Texas Rangers (April 10-12).

The Boston Red Sox make their lone trip to Anaheim on Aug. 22-24, followed by a return visit from the Yankees on Aug. 25-27. The interleague schedule includes home games against the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, road games against the Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants and two series against the Dodgers (May 19-21 at Dodger Stadium, June 30-July 2 at Angel Stadium).

In a one-year trial, the Angels will start day games at 12:30 p.m. instead of 1 p.m.

That's right boys and girls - Friday, April 7 2006, is the home opener. So go ahead and mark it on your calendar now!

I'm not sure how I feel about needing to get to the ballpark a half-hour earlier for day games yet. That could be a good thing, but I guess that will always hinge on whatever I do the night before.

I realize scheduling the Yankees for two home series (including the home opener) will do wonders for the box office, but wouldn't it be great to open the season against the Oakland A's? What better way to open up the year than with a series against the strongest division rival? Last year's divisional standings were determined in Oakland on the second to last day of the season. This year's standing will most likely be determined in next week's four game series (September 26-29 - good seats still available through Ticketmaster - yes, I checked) in Oakland. Next year could also end in similar fashion, so why not kick the year off against our intra-state foes?

The article also mentions Arte is angling hard to bring the 2008 All-Star to Angel Stadium... I'm already getting goose bumps just thinking about the possibility. - The decision on the 2008 site should be announced by the end of this year.

By the way, the Angels' Magic Number now stands at 12.

Two-out-of-5 years Boston makes two trips to the Big A. Likewise 2-out-of-5 years the Yankees make two trips to Anaheim. 2005 was the 1-year-in-5 both the Bosox or Yanks made just one trip each to Southern California.

Enough about the northeastern teams! When will the 2006 Angels host the other 2005 post season A.L. contenders (Chisox, Indians and A's)?
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