The Rainbow Connection: 5/14

The main nemesis for the Angels this year has been the injury bug. It’s bite was felt again at the end of last week when all-world outfielder, Mike Trout went down with a strained hamstring and missed the final two games of the series against the ‘Stros. Having been out of the lineup for only six games in the past two seasons, it’s a rarity to stare out at centerfield and not see the superstar AL MVP who mans the position as well as anyone on the reality side of Marvel character, Spiderman. An Angel’s game without Mike Trout is like like peanut butter without jelly, ham without swiss, or a burger without fries — there’s just something BIG missing without Mike.

So, after being scratched from the three game series with the A’s that saw the Angels drop two of three to begin the week, it was a welcome relief for Angels fans Across America to see Mike Trout return for the four game series against the Tigers.

Perhaps the oh for eight start at the plate after Trout’s return might have worried the most nervous of Halo followers but could any knowledgeable Halo lover be surprised by Trout ending the week connecting three times in three consecutive games?

Some say that it’s a law of physics that without rain, there would be no rainbows. That may be so but Angels fan have become acquainted with some new scientific theories since the arrival of Mike Trout in 2011. With Mike in centerfield, there is an ever-present rainbow hovering over the Big A, rain or shine. He is the ultimate rainbow connection.

Angels fans were once blessed with some terrific Salmon. Hopefully, we’ll all share rainbow Trout for many years to come.

After nearly a quarter of the season, the Angels record stands at 19-21. Like our record, we’ve had our ups and downs. If Danny Espinosa’s 0-36 record-breaking Angels streak, and our maintaining the Major League lead in homers surrendered, represent the negative stats this week, perhaps the positives were highlighted by Alex Meyer’s two victories, Matt Shoemaker’s bounce back win, Albert Pujols’ 596th career homer, and his 26th and 27th RBI’s giving him a career total of 1,844 and tying him with Red Sox great Carl Yaztrzemski for 11th place on the all-time RBI list.

Happy Mother’s Day to the Mom’s of Angel’s fans everywhere–and especially to my Mom, Lynne, who has consented to my living on PDT while residing on the Atlantic shore.