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 15, 2005

Red vs. Blue

You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. Do you know what that makes you? - Larry? -
Lollygagers. ~ Bull Durham

What happened to that team I saw Monday night at Angel Stadium? The team I saw just four days ago was not the same team that took the field tonight.

Tonight's team looked lethargic in the outfield, infield, and at the plate. Balls rolled through the infield as Figgins and Cabrera stood idly by. Finley waited for balls to carom off the centerfield wall back to him instead of charging toward them. Anderson routinely let balls fall in front of him without putting forth any effort at catching them. Erstad illadvisedly attempted to ignite the team by stretching a double into a triple, and know how that ended.

Without much action by our boys in red, much of our (the fans) attention was turned toward the boy in blue. (By the way, many thanks to the guys over at Pearly. Over a dozen of these double-sided beauties were distributed to grateful fans who did not have the opportunity to make their own.) For those who say Angel fans should get over it already:
  • Yes, the call affected Wednesday's game, not today's.
  • Yes, the White Sox won tonight's contest without any outside assistance.
  • Yes, I know that ' call/non-call/call was only a part of the Angels' demise in game 2.
  • But tonight was the first opportunity the Angels fans had to voice their opinions regarding his call/non-call/call. And he got everything he had coming - including his own website with this singular mission:
This site is standing up for America and for our god given right to play an extra inning when the score is tied and your pitcher strikes the hometeam out.

Contrary to published reports, security was beefed up quite a bit around Doug. In addition to a stadium security officer and an Anaheim Police officer on the field with him at all times, between each inning, there were two to five additional security personnel stationed in the aisles keeping an eye out for anyone who may have been dared to do something or those who may have lost large sums of money on game 2.

Tomorrow evening, that team which played with conviction and confidence needs to show up. That team had Santana on the mound, and tomorrow's team will as well. By the way... Doug will be stationed along the left field foul line tomorrow. So if you didn't get an opportunity to let him know how you feel about his abilities and past performance today, be sure to let him know.

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