When will the Dawgs return to national prominence?
Let me jawbone about baseball a bit before answering the question posed
Angels’ outfielder, Josh Hamilton is coming around, doubling against wicked
submarine relief pitcher Darren O’Day in the Baltimore series and homering
against starter Bud Norris, a week or two ago. Hamilton went the other way
with both hits.
So what’s wrong with him? Hamilton is beset by allergies, for one thing. For
another, the batter wants to stay ahead in the count so he gets a
predictable pitch, while the pitcher wants to be ahead in the count, so he
can throw an unpredictable pitch. Hamilton has been plagued by
Kudos to catcher Chris Iannetta who drew four walks in the Armed Forces Day
win over the White Sox. He has an OBP of .361 (third highest on the roster)
while batting just .204. He leads the team with 27 walks.
Injuries haven’t helped the Halos; neither do pejoratives. (Columnist T. J.
Simers of the Orange County Register repeatedly calls Angels owner, Arte Moreno,
“Angry Arte,” this presumably relating to an unsettled dust-up between the
two of them some time back).
Angels’ pitching ace, Jarred Weaver, who has been out since April 7, looks
to return by the end of May.
Albert Pujols’ plantar fasciitis can only get better with proper treatment.
Hang in there, Albert; I appreciate your gutsiness.
Reliever Ryan Madson is on his way back, and the list goes on.
I wish to thank
Arte Moreno for allowing
permanently handicapped people and their
companions to sit in the Diamond Club for $50.00 each -- yeah, I know all
about the lawsuit. Diamond Club seats for the Boston game on Jul 7 are
selling for $241.00 each. I have idiopathic Parkinson’s disease and find
that sitting in the Diamond Club is good therapy, win or lose, for Angels
baseball is the best show in town. Watching baseball is better for me than any
Note my Chrysler Town and Country (left) with my wheelchair and its
hydraulic lift. I call the Van and wheelchair, Big Red and Little Red,
Growing up in Seattle, I followed the Seattle Rainiers in the old Pacific
Coast League and remember begging the girl who lived next door to bring her
sixth grade math book home so I could learn how to compute baseball
And then there’s my fourth grade math teacher who turned learning the
multiplication tables into a baseball game, with the four corners of the
room being the bases and flashcards being the pitches.
As a young kid I cut the Rainiers’ box scores out of the paper and glued
them into a scrapbook, being fascinated with the stats. Nowadays, the At Bat
application on my I-phone keeps statistics updated as the game progresses,
as does the scoreboard at the ballpark, Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The preceding link is a historical article relating to the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim, the name of which pays homage in part to the Los Angels of the
old Pacific Coast League.
Real Angels fans have the songs "Build Me Up Buttercup" and "Calling All
Angels" in their Itunes' playlists and enjoy attending games whether the
Angels "light that baby up" or not -- you know the Halo outside
In 1948, Seattle sportswriters called the PCL Hollywood Stars the "Twinks,"
and down south the Rainiers were known as the "Suds."
There was no television in those days so we kids relied on radio announcer
Leo Lassen for a description of the Rainiers’
games. We used to mimic Leo, as in “Mmm, Gyselman slides” or “back, back,
back and it’s over.” “If you’ve never been hit by a foul tip, you don’t
know what you’ve missed,” he used to quip in reference to a foul tip hitting
the batter, catcher, or umpire. “Pitching is 90% of baseball,” he used to
say in his indisputable knowledgeable manner.
Likewise, line play is probably 70% of football, my thoughts borrowing from
the last Leoism. So, let me answer the question posed by the headline above
(insert drum roll here): the Huskies will return to national prominence when
they recruit one or more offensive and/or defensive linemen who are capable
of being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. For example, in the
first round of the 2013 NFL draft, 18 of the 32 players chosen were either
offensive or defensive linemen.
The defensive goal in football is to place the opposing quarterback in
predictable situations by stopping the run; conversely being able to run the
ball gives the quarterback the option of being unpredictable, for example in
Help is on the way. During the 2013 recruiting season, the Huskies landed
two 4-star defensive linemen, according to scout.com. See “Blame it on Ngata”
for more on this subject.
A forecaddie is a
caddie who doesn't carry your clubs. A forecaddie will accompany a group of
players, working on behalf of all members of the group, but without carrying
clubs for any of them. Shown in the photo above (taken in 1995), my 4caddie
is about to carry my clubs. See our companion website,
Richard Linde can be reached at