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Friday, September 02, 2005

Ever since ESPN columnist and noted sack of crap Rob Neyer went behind ESPN's for-pay wall, I've had little occasion to discuss what he has to say about the Angels. Fortunately, Haloblog appears to have a subscription:
What I have difficulty forgetting, however, is just how ridiculous this whole
Rob Neyer thing is. It's as though the Angels are his whipping-boys. Neyer is so
biased in his coverage of the Angels and their players that it's practically
sickening. First of all, the little pencil-neck bastard couldn't even so much as
play catch with a Major Leaguer, so I've some difficulty trusting his word on
baseball. Second, his boyhood loyalty for the then AL West rival KC Royals
clouds his judgment of the Angels. He hates them, hates everything about them,
always has, and it's just too obvious these days. He's spent his "career"
tearing down Nolan Ryan and Darin Erstad, built a reputation on defining who is
and isn't "over-paid" and "overrated." Consistently, his lists include current
or former Angels. C'mon Rob, get over it. His latest,
over at ESPN Insider (registration and payment required) is no exception. First
it was Nolan Ryan, then it was Darin Erstad, now it's GA.

Right. See, all you need to know about Rob Neyer is that he thinks that Erstad's four-year, $32 million contract was "one hell of a price to pay" for their 2002 World Series championship, as if they should've saved the money and spent it on something more important.

That said, let us take a moment to pity poor Rob, whose beloved Kansas City Royals are pretty close to being the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked, and have no relief on the horizon. Even the Brewers are getting better, but not the Royals. In fact, just in this one season, the Royals' franchise winning percentage has dropped from .495 to .491, so maybe Neyer's most recent crampiness has something to do with the fact that the Angels, at .489 and rising, are now poised to overtake the Royals in the franchise success standings - probably for a long, long time.