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...

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Mystique?



"A hundred bucks says I can get us a rain-out for tomorrow." - Crash Davis

After yesterday's 11-7 loss, the Yankees have somehow managed to get a rain-out for today's game. Game four will now be played Sunday at 4:30 PDT, with the possible game five in Anaheim pushed back to Monday at a time yet to be determined.

Sure, my view may be a bit biased, but am I the only one who is tired of hearing about this alleged Yankee/Yankee Stadium mystique? Aren't they just another baseball team comprised of twenty-five mortal men that play in a stadium filled with people like you and me? This seems to be the best marketing gimmick I've ever heard of - and everybody seems to buy into it.
And this is a tough place to play. It can be intimidating because the fans are so loud and so passionate, but this team deals well with adversity and enjoys playing under pressure. - Paul Byrd
So New Yorkers are loud and there are a lot of them. That's it. That's the secret. Well, can't we create the same aura at Angel Stadium? Actually, the fans have been doing that - cheering and booing loudly because, (like the NY fans), they expect their team to win this year. So why haven't I heard about the Angel/Angel Stadium mystique?

Angel fans are beginning to have continued confidence in their team. Their team has been to the playoffs three times in the past four years and have won the divisional title in consecutive years. How many teams can match that record?

At both home playoff games this year, thunder sticks were distributed to every fan who passed through the turnstiles, but only half of the fans used them. And still, the roar of the crowd was deafening. The crowd knows their team can win and expects their team to do exactly that.

Confidence can be contagious, and that's a bandwagon I hope more people will jump on. I expect my team to win this year, and you should too!


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