I’ve used “Casey at the Bat” more than enough in my titles. This one comes courtesy of E-40.
The Giants are going through a truly depressing, Bonds-less drought that I’d rather not think about, but there is joy in Mudville (dammit, there I go), since I’ve got baseball-related semi-news about myself.
First, some background. The nearest baseball team to me right now is the Angels, in Anaheim. Now, they’re not my favorite team, having beaten the Giants in the 2002 World Series (Julie and I drove by Angels Stadium recently, and when we passed World Champions Way I almost lost my shit), and they’re also the main rivals of the A’s, whom I wish the best. Nevertheless, I’ve developed a certain amount of an Orange County identity–don’t worry, Kerry-Edwards is still on my bumper–and so when the otherwise cool new owner of the Angels, Arte Moreno, announced that he was changing the team name from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in order to get some of that fat LA advertising money, I was agin’ it. Orange County is not LA, and if Oakland wanted to be the San Francisco Athletics I’d oppose that too. Let the town have its team. Plus it sounds stupid.
Anyway. John Donovan, baseball writer for Sports Illustrated, noted in a column that, between the Dodgers and the Angels, LA drew more fans last year than New York did. That struck me as specious, so I wrote him an e-mail saying so…he responded! (It’s the last message on the page.) And then the next week, some other guy responds to the response,, taking my side! (Again, last one on the page.) I’ve started an internet controversy! Albeit an irrelevant one, of interest to only a small group.
I mean, in the end, I think Donovan’s right. Dismissing my hyperbole is fair enough, and it’s nothing new to have teams in the suburbs; in the NFL, the “New York Giants” are in East Rutherford, NJ. But still, I’m proud of my contribution–this is the closest I’ve ever come to breaking into sports journalism.