Purgatory Online

Saturday, October 02, 2004

That's one.

1-0, 10-0, or 24-0, one win counts for one win. Tonight the Angels were dominant in all aspects of the game - starting pitching, relief, offense, defense, you name it. Hell, they're better-looking and have better uniforms, too. They had the help of one moderately bad call (Anderson being called safe at the plate), two calls the umps got right but A's fanboys will complain about anyway (Chavez being tagged out after oversliding and Scutaro coming off the bag before taking the relay on a potentially inning-ending double play), and the Baseball Gods, who decided they wanted to see Alfredo Amezaga hit another grand slam, and Andres Galarraga get career dinger #399. Mostly, though, this one is to Bartolo Colon's credit. You'd have never known he was on short rest; in fact, his normal four innings of topping out in the low-90's were cut to just one or two. From the third on, he was humming it up there at 94-96.

All of that becomes ancient history starting right now. The Angels have a shot at winning their first division title in eighteen years, and right now I'm guessing they're starting to think about Barry Zito.

As a fan, all I can say is that it's been a hell of a ride - especially the last few weeks. There's one more win to get. I don't for a second believe that it'll be as easy as this one was; I don't for a second believe that it won't involve Octavio Dotel versus Vlad Guerrero, or Troy Percival versus Eric Chavez (or both). There will be drama, heartbreak, and triumph. It's gonna be great.

Go get 'em, guys.