If you’ve never seen the SB Nation corner of the web devoted to the LosAngeles Angels of Anaheim, Disneyland, California, United States ofAmerica (sometimes shortened to LAAADCUSA, other times shortened toHAHAHA), Halos’ Heaven, you’re not missing much.
When the admin isn’t banning people who disagree with him, he’sdeleting posts that make fun of him, changing diaries that other peopleposted, changing polls, and editing his own posts to make himself looksmarter after the fact, you have to suffer through endless reams ofdata about why Darin Erstad is worth having on a baseball field despitehis tendency to end the season with an OBP barely breaking .300.
But today I witnessed the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. Itstarted with the site admin pointing his users to an article on thesatirical website, The Onion, entitled "Ichiro: ‘The Best Part AboutPlaying For My Country Was Not Playing For The Seattle Mariners’"
"SAN DIEGO?In an interview following Japan’s 10-6 victory against Cuba in the World Baseball Classicchampionship game Monday, Ichiro Suzuki called the tournament a "greatopportunity to represent anything besides the Seattle Mariners.""Playing alongside my countrymen on the world stage was nice, but thehighlight of the event for me was not having to watch helplessly fromthe on-deck circle as [Seattle outfielder] Willie Bloomquist pops outfor the fourth time in one game," said Ichiro, who has beencontemplating a return to his non-Mariner roots since late 2003."Honestly, I would have played for the Netherlands team if it meant 17days away from the Mariners spring-training camp."
Now, that’s pretty funny, though not as funny as The Onion usuallymanages.
Well, here’s the first response by an Angels fan on HalosHeaven:
I’ve never heard of "Onion Sports" before Rev, but it’s hard to believeIchiro said these things. I mean, I don’t blame him for being sick ofplaying for a losing team, but he’s always seemed like a prettysoft-spoken guy. A professional who keeps his mouth shut and does hisjob.In addition those comments are very much like a spoiled Americanathlete speaking and VERY un-Japanese. For those of us who knowanything about the culture and mores of the Japanese it is verysurprising to hear that. It makes me think that something BIG must havehappened behind the scenes — the Mariners must have insulted Ichiro ina big way to cause him to do that. What’s the real story here? Wasthere some conflict about him playing in the classic? - Jack Frost
Wheeeeeeeeee! Is there anything more satisfying than findingirrefutable evidence to back up the long held belief that the dumbestfans in all of baseball support a team that employs a monkey toencourage people to pay attention, while claiming to be a part of acity that is, in actuality, home to another team?
I’m going to start a petition that they should change their team nameto Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Hollywood And Halos, America. Thatway we could change their abbreviation to LAAAHAHA.