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Angels not intimidated by Yankees, weather

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Misc on Oct 15, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Whether or not John Lackey belongs among the elite pitchers in baseball lies in the eye of the beholder. He is without question the Angels horse in 2009 and has competed admirably in big games both before and since he started Game 7 of the 2002 World Series.

But perhaps Lackey is the quintessential Angel: He is neither overwhelming talented when compared to several Yankees, but he is not intimidated by them either.

“I’m not going to get intimidated by anybody,” Lackey said, cutting short the question. “That’s why I’m throwing the ball tomorrow.”

To a man, the Angels were respectful of their ALCS opponent on the eve of Game 1, saying good fortune had as much to do with their supposed head-to-head dominance than anything. Yet they appeared loose and unafraid heading into Friday, saying, to paraphrase, that they have a pretty darn good club, too.

Here’s the manager Mike Scioscia, who spoke for about 20 minutes about, among other things: Teixeira; his closer situation; how the weather will affect his club; Jeter; Lackey; the Yankees; his postseason experiences; what Girardi can expect managing in the playoffs; and how the weather will affect his club’s notorious aggressiveness. I asked him about the last topic and surprisingly he said much of what I tried to convey yesterday, that they are better in the batters box this year than every before.

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After Scioscia came Lackey, who talked a lot about his experience in big games. He also said the weather won’t have an impact on how he pitches. “The last thing on my mind is going to be the weather,” he said.

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And lastly, here’s the always entertaining Torii Hunter. The clip is broken into two short parts, but Hunter touches on the big, bad Yankees and why regular season heroics are meaningless come October.

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64 Responses to “Angels not intimidated by Yankees, weather”

  1. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    27 hours and 24 minutes until Game 1!!!!!

  2. randy l. October 15th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    concerning the lost child and balloon story ,here’s a video that won’t be on you tube for long.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

  3. yankee_diva October 15th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Here is 15 of those “meaningless heroics” as Hunter puts it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qtB_XSbWw0

  4. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    iiicollies
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    I asked this question earlier

    Were most of the successful running teams of the past based in temperate, low rain cities? I’m thinking for example the Dodgers of the early 60s. Can you think of more cases – or recent exceptions to this hypothesis?

    Any thoughts?

    ***

    The Yankees were pretty darn good in the 50s and early 60s. Did it rain less in New York then?

  5. Josh Thomson October 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    The Lackey audio didn’t work for a moment. To any of you tried but couldn’t open it, the file has been repaired.

  6. 100 pitches of fun... October 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I would keep Melky in CF for the next 2 games or so and hope that he starts hitting. With the Angels running you want Melky’s arm in the outfield over Gardner. Melky’s arm hasn’t been accurate this season. But at least they would respect his arm, Gardner they will just run like crazy. But if the rest of the lineup starts hitting especially Swish and Cano at the bottom the CFer doesn’t matter.

  7. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    randy l.
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    concerning the lost child and balloon story ,here’s a video that won’t be on you tube for long.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..r_embedded

    ****

    Can’t access youtube from work and won’t be home until later. Can you summarize?

  8. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    repost

    I asked this question earlier

    Were most of the successful running teams of the past based in temperate, low rain cities? I’m thinking for example the Dodgers of the early 60s. Can you think of more cases – or recent exceptions to this hypothesis?

    Any thoughts?

  9. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I meant base running, like Maury Wills and Willie Davis on the Dodgers then. I don’t think the Yankees from the 50′s were known for base running

  10. Christina October 15th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I am at work also. What is on that youtube link?

    Does anyone know if they were able to find the little guy?

  11. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    iiicollies-

    I responded to you at 4:37

  12. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    iiicollies
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    I meant base running, like Maury Wills and Willie Davis on the Dodgers then. I don’t think the Yankees from the 50’s were known for base running

    ***

    That I am not sure of. I didn’t follow baseball much then ;-)

  13. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Heads up:

    Derek Jeter will be on the Biggest Loser on October 27th

  14. Raymundo (not the sox-lover) October 15th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    bobby abreu is selfish only thinking about putting up numbers before the team.

  15. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Christina-I don’t believe they’ve found him yet.

  16. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 15th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Erica,

    What will Derek be doing on the Biggest Loser?

  17. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:44 pm
    Heads up:

    Derek Jeter will be on the Biggest Loser on October 27th

    *************
    Awesome! I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

  18. mick October 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    iiicollies

    those dodgers were a speed and pitching team. whether they played in a warm climate really wouldn’t matter.

    ever hear of the go go sox? they flew to and played in chicago.

  19. Erica - always OPPC October 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Fran (the original) and OPPC member
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    Erica,

    What will Derek be doing on the Biggest Loser?

    ****

    Giving the contestants a pep talk and lesson on teamwork before they participate in a baseball themed challenge

  20. Christina October 15th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Erin… I really hope he is just hiding.

  21. Raymundo (not the sox-lover) October 15th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    MYYYYY DOGGGGGG TORRRI HUNTER…..

  22. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    mick

    thanks

  23. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Christina
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    Thanks Erin… I really hope he is just hiding.

    ***************
    Me too. I can understand him not wanting to get in trouble, but if he is hiding I hope he comes out soon. I can’t imagine what his family is going through.

  24. ditmars1929 October 15th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Hello, hope this isn’t off topic too much, but does anyone know what’s up with the weather this weekend? All I’ve seen are rather usual forecasts of rain and showers, but I’ve got several people asking me about a “noreaster”. I’ve checked a few weather sites but haven’t seen anything as drastic as that.

    Thanks.

  25. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 15th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Erin and Christina,

    Apparently there was a bottom to the balloon that is missing. They believe that is where he would have been and they are looking for that piece.

  26. Pel October 15th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    >What will Derek be doing on the Biggest Loser?

    Consoling the team with a destiny.

  27. Christina October 15th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Fran,

    If the bottom is missing, that can’t be good. I would assume that means he was possibly in the balloon, or whatever the thing is called…

  28. Erin October 15th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks Fran. I hope they find it soon.

  29. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Just read that the balloon basket was not breached, implying that Falcon did not fall

  30. NYY626 October 15th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    Fran (the original) and OPPC member
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    Erica,

    What will Derek be doing on the Biggest Loser?

    ****

    Giving the contestants a pep talk and lesson on teamwork before they participate in a baseball themed challenge
    ____________________________________________________________
    This is combining two of my favorite things at once. Awesome.

  31. Benny Blanco October 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    We all have to admit that the weather in NYC has been atrocious the whole year.

  32. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 15th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Joe Girardi is coming up with Mike Francesa at 5:05

  33. The Damon-ator October 15th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Marte over Bruney is a huge mistake.

  34. randy l. October 15th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    christina and erica -

    it”s a video the family made that if funny is the child is ok , but not funny if he’s not ok.

  35. GreenBeret7 October 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm
    iiicollies
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    I asked this question earlier

    Were most of the successful running teams of the past based in temperate, low rain cities? I’m thinking for example the Dodgers of the early 60s. Can you think of more cases – or recent exceptions to this hypothesis?

    Any thoughts?

    ***

    The Yankees were pretty darn good in the 50s and early 60s. Did it rain less in New York then?

    ————————————————————

    Two of the best bae running teams of the 60s through the 80′s were the Cardinals and Royals….the the 50s and early 60s had the White Sox. Temps won’t affect the types of teams makeup.

  36. ditmars1929 October 15th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    ditmars1929
    October 15th, 2009 at 4:51 pm
    Hello, hope this isn’t off topic too much, but does anyone know what’s up with the weather this weekend? All I’ve seen are rather usual forecasts of rain and showers, but I’ve got several people asking me about a “noreaster”. I’ve checked a few weather sites but haven’t seen anything as drastic as that.
    Thanks.
    ___________________________________________

    Sorry for the repost, but can anyone help me out with my “noreaster” inquiry? I’d appreciate it.

  37. GreenBeret7 October 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    So far in te AFL today, Colin Curtis is 0-3 and Brandon Laird is 4-4 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.

  38. bru October 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    i heard that a basket was attched to the ballooon with pegs that they cant find

    very strange

    jg said no major changes to the lineup & melky has hit lackey well

    look for the normal lineup in game 1 with some late game changes

    girrardi on wfan

  39. bru October 15th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Laird is on fire

  40. RalphieD (OPPC) October 15th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    i know the AFL is a total hitters league but geez laird!….early favorite for AFL MVP! (but have a better career than eric duncan)

  41. Betsy October 15th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    The Angels, I believe, are arrogant in their belief that they can take the Yankees down. I hope that arrogance comes back to haunt them – this isn’t the same Yankee team they are used to dominating.

  42. Betsy October 15th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I mean, arrogant in the sense that they think they should win – I’m not getting the idea that they respect the Yankees very much.

  43. Pel October 15th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    The Joe Girardi Report on The Mike Francesa Show:

    http://bit.ly/1pgG9P

  44. MaineYankee October 15th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Damon has the chance to something only The Babe did. What is it?

  45. Betsy October 15th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    GB, thanks! Good news about Laird – is Austin Romine playing?

    The weather in NY today is just out and out disgusting…….

  46. vin October 15th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    “Two of the best bae running teams of the 60s through the 80’s were the Cardinals and Royals….the the 50s and early 60s had the White Sox. Temps won’t affect the types of teams makeup.”

    In the case of the Cards and Royals…

    What came first – the astroturf, or the speedy ballplayers?

    Were those teams awful defensively until they added the guys who could get to balls faster on turf? Or were they historically fast teams that joined the turf craze of the 70s?

  47. bru October 15th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    i think the angels see everybody & vegas favoring the yankees & they keep getting asked about the yankees & are a little ticked off

    they definitely are not as humble as the yankees.

    both teams are getting restless

    man how nice would it be if we won game 1 & beat up on lackey hard ???

  48. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Damon hit more than two thirds of his HRs at home?

  49. vin October 15th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    “Damon has the chance to something only The Babe did. What is it?”

    Win a title with both the Sox and Yanks?

  50. GreenBeret7 October 15th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Colin Curtis is now 1-4 with a 2 run homer and hitting .357. Laird, who is playing 1st base today instead of 3rd base is hitting .800. Austin Romine is hitting .500.

  51. MaineYankee October 15th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    vin
    October 15th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    “Damon has the chance to something only The Babe did. What is it?”

    Win a title with both the Sox and Yanks?

    —————————————-

    You are correct.

  52. GreenBeret7 October 15th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Betsy, Romine isn’t playing today. He caught the first two games of the season.

  53. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    No, Everett Scott won titles on both teams too

  54. vin October 15th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I’m surprised no one else did it… racking my brain…

  55. Jones October 15th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I have a question, Sorry if this comes across as a stupid question.

    The players that didn’t make the roster, do they still get a ring if the team wins?

    Example; guys like Pena & Bruney, Mitre?

    I know in football they do, but I’m not sure about baseball.

    Just curious, thats all.

  56. iiicollies October 15th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Everett Scott did it too. AFLAC!!!

  57. vin October 15th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Jones,

    As far as I know, every player who made it to the Bronx this season gets a ring.

    Angel Berroa – ring
    Anthony Claggett – ring
    Ian Kennedy -ring
    Austin Jackson – no ring

  58. MaineYankee October 15th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    iiicollies
    October 15th, 2009 at 5:54 pm
    Everett Scott did it too. AFLAC!!!

    ————————————–

    I should have put it this way.

    Damon has the chance to do something that the Babe also did.

  59. Jones October 15th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    k thanks Vin,
    Its just something I’ve always wondered

  60. Betsy October 15th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    GB, thanks!

    My ? still is what to do about game 4. The Angels have us beat every which way on that. If there are long delays in any of these first two games, we’re going to have to use our pen a lot (yes, so will the Angels)…..including Aceves (how long can he go at this point) and Gaudin (our potential game 4 starter).

    I really, really, really hate the notion of destiny and I think it’s phooey, but this plays into the Angels hands big time.

    Given the weather, I also don’t understand Marte instead of Bruney. Joe uses him for at most 2 or 3 batters at a time. We need another pitcher who can give us innings. I don’t like or trust Bruney anymore, but at least if we need him, he can go 2 – like in the Sox 15 inning game

  61. mick October 15th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    betsy

    check out my post in the next thread.

  62. GreenBeret7 October 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    You’re welcome Betsy. I suppose one of the reasons for keeping Marte on the roster is that most of the Angels switch hitters hit better from the left side. If it wasn’t for the bad weather/wet grounds, I’d prefer that NYY added Bruney and kept Marte (I’d think they will if they get to the WS). I’d prefer they had Pena over Hairston, too, because of the hand/wrist injury but, it’s not my choice.

  63. DaveF October 16th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Test 1 2 3 :)

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