T.J. SIMERS

New year, same old Angels and Dodgers

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But Dodgers fans seem to think I'm always negative, and especially when it comes to the Choking Dogs, who began the day in last place. It's crazy the way people think.

Now you take the Angels, and I think we all agree, no one here is really interested in doing that.

But maybe you've seen their billboards around town. Moreno was a billboard king before failing to win a World Series.

It explains his proclivity for signing big-name players because they're basically walking billboards.

This season the Angels put up real billboards, featuring a large A topped by a halo. In the background it reads: "4 MVP awards … and 11 World Series Appearances."

My first thought: Where was I when the Angels were making 11 World Series appearances?

But like the team's name, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, that's as big a stretch as the billboards.

Much of the success noted belongs to players when they were competing for the Cardinals, Rangers and Phillies.

I presume Chris Iannetta is included in the 11 World Series appearances because he was on the Rockies' roster in 2007, although he never made it into a game.

I don't know for sure because I didn't hear back from the Angels, but 11 appearances sounds better than 10.

When I showed a picture of the billboard to Bill the Waiter, an Angels honk working at the Mini-Gourmet, he was speechless. Anyone who knows Bill the Waiter knows he never shuts up.

I understand why fans might be shocked to learn the Angels have to promote the accomplishments of their players while they were employed elsewhere.

Not much to get excited about now.

Breaking down the billboard numbers, the Angels seem to be counting Vernon Wells' three All-Star selections, three Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger award earned in Toronto. You see, he did contribute something here.

The billboards seem a little misleading because Wells was on his way to New York before they began to appear beside the highways.

But however you want to look at things, games won or pounds lost, obviously beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

t.j.simers@latimes.com

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