Los Angeles Times readers are feeling pretty good about themselves today, crowing about Josh Hamilton snubbing the Texas Rangers and taking his freak show to the Left Coast.
Three out of four Times readers said they thought the Hamilton signing was a good move for the Angels.
Check out these nuggets in the comment section:
- “WOW…this came out of nowhere…the Angels weaken the Rangers and make themselves stronger. SWEET!!!!!”
- “The Rangers hoped they could get Josh for no more than anyone else would pay, instead of showing gumption. Let them eat crow, instead of pretending they got rooked.”
- “The Rangers brought this on themselves. If I recall correctly, didn’t Nolan Ryan say he shouldn’t have quit tobacco when he did because it hurt the team? So much for having the player’s best interests at heart.”
Laugh it up, suckers.
And maybe give credence to the one out of four readers who aren’t chugging the Kool-Aid.
- “This will work out well for the Rangers because Josh is the 2nd coming of [Albert] Pujols. Another overpaid past his prime hitter for the Angels who won’t live up to expectations. And notice how Josh is looking unusually slim. You don’t think he was using… Like I said he won’t able to put up the same numbers.”
Remember the Pujols deal? He too was a celebrated slugger who became a free agent and signed with the Angels last year for a staggering $240 million over 10 years. Pujols had a subpar season, and the Angels missed the playoffs.
The Angels now have about $50 million a year tied up in Hamilton and Pujols. The entire payroll for the Oakland A’s is only $55 million, and even they finished ahead of the Angels in their division last season.
Didn’t anybody with the Angels see Moneyball?