July 5, 2013
Sunday evening at approximately 5:05 p.m. the Angels will take on the Boston Red Sox. Normally, any meeting between the two teams has the potential for drama and all the things one can hope for in a baseball game. This game, which will be ESPN’s Sunday night game, has an element to it that makes it extra special; it features Jered Weaver going against John Lackey.
That’s right; the once undisputed leader of the pitching staff – Lackey goes head to head against the team’s current lead dog - Jered Weaver. If ever a matchup had “epic” written all over it for Angel fans, this is it. Both are emotional leaders whose competitive fire is always evident whenever they take the mound.
One left the team and in his own way sent jabs at a fan base and an organization that haven’t been forgotten. The other cemented himself as a fan-favorite when he signed an extension at a discounted price and calmly asked “how much do you really need?” when asked about his contract.
In many Angel fans’ eyes – this is the battle between good and evil. This is a game you circle, clear your calendar for and make sure any and all distractions are eliminated beforehand.
Maybe the game will be uneventful. Maybe it will be one sided.
Then again, maybe- just maybe, it will be one for the ages. If you’re only going to go to one Angel game all year, this is the one you want to be at. This is what it’s all about. Forget about looking ahead to possible post season plans. Forget about all the games that await us. It’s time to focus on this game and this matchup.
My adrenaline is already rocketing upward. I want this game. You want this game. We all want this game more than any other regular season game thus far.
I’m sure both pitchers will down play the matchup and Mike Scioscia will say it’s just another game, but you and I know differently. This is anything but just another game.
I want this in the worst way and anything short of a victory will be a huge disappointment. When you have that much on the line – it makes your stomach queasy and your head spin. I know how you feel and trust me – this is a good thing.
This is baseball at its best. It’s time to go all in, knowing we have no control over anything that’s about to happen. There is potential for absolute joy and also the possibility for feeling the lowest of lows.
To that I say - bring it on. Let’s bury John Lackey and the Red Sox. Let’s come in with a swagger and rise up victorious.
Angel fans – it’s time to rally, put on your gear and come to the stadium to make sure the world knows that John Lackey isn’t welcome in our house and we want his head on a platter.
Let’s do this.