I have lost an epic battle with my middle daughter. Despite my best cajoling, she is an Angels’ fan. The only thing more disappointing would be if she were an Indians’ fan, doomed to a lifetime of misery. Recently, she just wrote a piece about the Angels for a sportscast for school. While her choice of teams is heartbreaking, check out the sentence structure from my little fourth grader in her report — it is the structure of champions.
This time last week, the Angels’ playoff chances appeared dead in the water. They had just lost three games in a row to their division rivals, the Texas Rangers and were seven games out of first place. Texas looked unstoppable, and the Angels looked horrifying. They were losing a fourth game to the Rangers in the bottom of the ninth inning 1-0. Suddenly, rookie Mark Trumbo hit a two run home run to win the game, and the Angels have been hot ever since.
Following that dramatic victory, the Angels then swept three games from the Baltimore Orioles in convincing fashion, outscoring the Orioles 24 to 12 over the series. Then the Angels took two games from the hot Chicago White Sox. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers began stumbling, losing five out of seven games. Suddenly the Angels are only 2.0 games out first.
In other great Angels’ news, superstar pitcher Jered Weaver signed a long term contract that will keep with the Angels for a very long time. Weaver has a very good chance at winning the American League Cy Young Award, which is given to the best pitcher in the league. There still is about a month of baseball to play, but the Angels are hot, hot, hot. Over to you, Katherina.