So I planned a weekend of eating whatever I wanted and watching a dozen baseball games. The Angels - absolutely horrible in the last month but still with a fighting chance for a Wild Card berth - had a crucial series with Tampa. This will be great, I thought. (Foreshadowing.)
And as for the game? Weaver had what was statistically speaking the worst game of his career, allowing nine earned runs. After that performance he dropped from the best ERA to the fifth-best.
"Oh well," I said to the cat, "at least tomorrow can't be this bad."
(Still more foreshadowing.)
I tossed in about a cup of Fritos then covered them with hot chili. On top of that I added cheddar cheese, sour cream, and diced Hop-Pickles.
The game was not.
I watched the pre-game ceremony. The Angels were honoring their 2002, World Series-winning team. After shaking my head about the fact that it's been a decade (I went to games 1 and 2, and I remember it like it was a month ago) I was able to enjoy seeing everyone again. For obvious reasons - to those of you who are not baseball fans, that is the only championship team in the Angels 50-year existence - that was my favorite Angels team of my life.
The current Angels team, in the presence of that great, gutty team, then blew an 8-run lead to lose 10-8. It was largest blown lead at home in the history of the Angels organization.
"Well," I said to Hawkeye, "at least tomorrow can' t be this bad."
(This is not foreshadowing. Sunday's game was bad, but it was not close to being as bad as Saturday night.)
All three pickles received a slice of Brooklyn Brine Company's "Spicy Maple-Bourbon" pickles. And all three of them were quite tasty.
It wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be. But it took my mind off the Sunday afternoon Angels game; yet another loss, this time "only" 8-3, to complete the four game sweep at the hands of the Rays - who had failed to even have a baserunner in their previous game before coming to Anaheim.
1) His hat
2) He doesn't seem to care if they win or lose either
At least I can always count on a gummy rat to make me happy. They didn't have any white ones - my favorite flavor - at Economy, but the black ones are my second-favorite.
I hope you had a good weekend.