class="comments-post">Posted by: Jason at August 31, 2002 12:04 PM

Matt,

We stand somewhere in the middle. We applaud the fans that threw the foul balls back on the field, but the fans that threw garbage or pizza or anything else were just acting like jerks.

As for Plaschke, he's always hit or miss.

In Arguendo

Posted by: In Arguendo at August 31, 2002 12:46 PM

Matt, keep breaking your promise (see "Quote of the day" post)! Write something about baseball every day. Include your dad or some weird stats in every column. It will be good for you and good for us.

Posted by: henry at August 31, 2002 01:59 PM

David Lassen for InsideVC also berated the fans. I sent him a terse e-mail.

Yeah, I disagree with throwing garbage on the field, but throwing the foul balls back was classic.

The fans have few ways of expressing their frustration or feeling like they are part of the process (it's their game, too). The players tend to take an arrogant, dismissive attitude toward fan letters and generally act as if they don't give a rip about fan attitudes.

I think the Angel fans played a big part in ensuring that there was no strike. It was a clear message about how frustrated the fans were, and probably still are. I know I still am. Until I get a sense from the players that they cherish the game as much as I do, I'll be angry and frustrated.

Posted by: Howard Owens at August 31, 2002 10:29 PM

Matt

I agree with Henry -- keep the baseball talk going. I always knew the Angels drew a lot of people, but I never knew they had fans with real passion. Having lived my whole life in NY and Philly, I always looked down my nose at the disengaged SoCal sports fans. Its good to see some fire out there. Soon enoough, you'll be booing santa claus.

Posted by: pj at September 3, 2002 09:27 AM
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