Guest Podcasts, Interleague, Oh My — It’s a run by Angels blog posting…

One of the best things about starting this blog has definitely been my interactions with fellow bloggers. You are all amazing, inspiring writers and a lot of fun to read, the perfect accompaniment to any baseball season good or bad. And, in the last few weeks, two fun opportunities have come my way as a result of these interactions.

Our colleague Matt, who writes the kickass Dodgers MLBlog Dodger Familia Thoughts, hosts a Live Radio/Podcast called Think Blue Weekly on Blog Talk Radio. He has invited me to join him for a special Freeway Series episode this Sunday at 8 pm PT. So, if you would like to hear me embarrass myself in public – I’m very much a blogger not a talker ;) – or, more importantly, check out Matt’s work, tune in at this webpage http://www.blogtalkradio.com/think-blue-weekly on Sunday.

In other news, in addition to this blog I am now a columnist with L.A. Angels Insider, a much larger, well respected member of the Halosphere. Please check them out!

As for the Angels, ah, Interleague! Interleague play is back in full swing for 2012 which means, of course, that the Angels are on a tear. I’m one of those odd duck baseball fans who actually enjoys Interleague play – teams playing at highly unusual venues, DC/Marvel comic mash up worthy matchups, AL pitchers batting, need I say more? The fact that the Angels happen to kick ass at Interleague play is merely the icing on the cake – rich, delicious, cream cheese butter cream icing thickly slathered over every inch of the cake’s exterior and in between each moist layer, mind you, but the icing never the less.

Just a couple of random thoughts from the weekend:

  • So far Colorado has been good for most Angels batting averages but it has truly been the Trouty and Torii Show! Those two need their own theme song to accompany a montage of their hits and feats of daring do from the series so far. Maybe it could be kind of like M.I.A.’s Paper Planes, only punctuated with the sounds of clobbered baseballs flying off of wooden bats instead of machine guns.
  • Sometime closer, sometime setup man Ernesto Frieri has proven that he is in fact human, having given up two hits as an Angel now, but continues to blow away the competition. Okay, so two guys reached first. It’s not like it did them any good. Listening to MLBN rehash Brandon McCarthy’s ‘Siri, how do you get Josh Hamilton out?’ tweet it occured to me that what he should have tweeted was ‘Frieri, how do you get Josh Hamilton out?’ because unlike Siri, Ernasty knows how.
  • So Albert Pujols can play third and Kendrys Morales looked pretty darned good at first, all things considered. Neither is a great long term option at this time. Besides, I seem to remember hearing something about Pujols’ throwing elbow having issues when he spends too much time at third. Cardinals fans or other longtime Pujols fans, care to confirm, deny, or otherwise elaborate? But it’s nice to know that the Angels do have this option. And, yes I’m a softy, but seeing Kendrys’ huge grin over getting to play in the infield once again, however briefly, was touching and sweet.
  • LaTroy Hawkins is back from the DL and he looked pretty darned good! Welcome back good sir. The bullpen has been trying valiantly in your absence with some definite success – and some scarier moments I’d rather not remember sufficiently to write about them – but we need every good arm we can get! And Jered Weaver is expected to throw off the mound on Monday and return from the DL on schedule. Reportedly his back feels fine now. I pretty much want to just type ‘yay’ over and over again with many, many exclamation points, filling this page The Shining-style but, you know, in a psycho happy way instead of just a psycho way over that bit of news, but I’ll spare you…for now. Once he’s officially back with the team, I make no guarantees. ;)

 

12 Comments

Congratulations! It’s the same with me. I enjoy talking baseball with all you guys. Everyone’s blog has become household names here!
—Mark
http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

Thanks, Mark. Yeah, your blogs get shared with the house too. ‘honey, you really need to go read…’

– Kristen

I totally agree, Kristen! Interacting with fellow baseball fans all around the country is amazing. I’ll have to check out the pod-cast when I get home (can’t access it through the work computer). I loved the Marvel/DC analogy on Interleague play, and I actually enjoy it myself.
–Mike

Almost forgot to congradulate you on your writing gig! It’s always fun to share your opinion on a subject you’re so passionate about.
–Mike (again)

Thanks on all counts Mike and you’re awfully sweet if you make it through the podcast, I was sooooo nervous I kind of sucked. I don’t speak well, LOL.

– Kristen

Congratulations on your come comeuppance! The elbow thing and Albert is true. Same elbow he injured when getting run into by Derek Lee back in the day, but I think it’s all overblown. Pujols came up as a 3B who had to go to left field to find playing time until 1st opened up.
–Jeff

Thanks Jeff! Yeah, he was looking pretty good at 3rd in Colorado, then not so much in L.A. Quite funny.

– Kristen

Congratulations Kristen. It is nice too to meet the fans behind the MLB Fan blogs. Coming to any of the games? I loved the Seattle trip. I am sleepy but will be heading to the stadium later on. Can’t miss the series and especially Jaime Jarrin being honored for his 54 years broadcasting Dodger baseball en Espanol.
-Emma

I’m glad you had funn in Seattle, Emma! I’ll bet the Dodgers had fun too – your guys really crushed the Mariners after that first game.

– Kristen

Congrats! Have fun on the show. Great job becoming a columnist for L.A. ANgels Insider.
-David

Thanks David! I was nervouus but it was a lot of fun.

– Kristen

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