In the last couple of years, the Dodgers have stolen the baseball spotlight in Southern California. But very quietly, The Angels are putting together an amazing season. As of this writing, the Angels are more than 20 games over .500. If they were in any other division in baseball, they’d be in first place by a wide margin. But the trouble is, they’re in the AL West, where there’s one team even hotter than they are-- the Oakland A’s.
And so the stage is set for next week’s Freeway Series- Two games in LA on Monday and Tuesday, then two games in Anaheim Wednesday and Thursday. You’ll have four chances to see two of the greatest baseball players compete against each other; Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig. Those two couldn’t be more different. One is a quiet kid from South Jersey who will inevitably succeed Derek Jeter as the wholesome face of baseball. And the other is, well, as Vin Scully calls him, “The wild stallion from Cuba.”
Speaking of Vinny, I was at the game Tuesday night when the announcement was made that he was coming back next season. There was a thunderous standing ovation. You should check out the video on the Dodgers’ web site. It’ll give you goose bumps. After the game, as Vin left the press box and walked to the elevator, hundreds of fans gathered on the club level to yell “One more year! One more year!” And it all happened on Vin Scully Microphone Night, when fans were given a replica radio mic. Press the button and you here Vin make his signature call, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” Awesome night.