Quietly, one March morning as spring ball begins to wrap up, LA Angels fans pick sleet out of their eyes to smack an alarm shouting to get back up. From Tempe, and Goodyear, all the way to Anaheim- yawning half awake, filling cups of coffee just in time. Starting their tablets, televisions, and phones with glee; imagining no special presents under the off-season tree.
“Not Dallas Keuchel,” they think, “that would be crazy,” or “the relief of Craig Kimbrel,” much less other dangling free agent maybe’s. The computer screens turn on, phones fully charged, laptops unfolded on nook tables as emerging minds remembering where they are.
Suddenly the aroma starts to seep in; images on a screen make them second guess what’s pretend. Flickering eyelids open in disbelief, could it be? Arte Moreno’s big off-season ante? But not cash waltzing with free agents to buy their love… instead, asking for a dance from our own while large bills rain from above. It gets even better my faithful Halo beloved.
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Not only did Arte Moreno and Billy Eppler lock in the consensus best player in baseball since practically the day he entered the Major Leagues; for the foreseeable future they provided exactly for their own needs. NO OPT OUTS for Mike Trout. They left no doubt. Opening their wallet and letting unconditional Angel love pour out.
The extension doesn’t start until his current deal expires, giving them time to pay tribute to Albert, and let his deal soon expire. Respect in gesture, letting Mike do it on his owns terms, avoiding the circus playing into media concerns. Spurning the moment where reporters still ask; “where do you want to play Mike, is it East, are you going fast?” Essentially a lifetime contract at 36 million annually. Tying their futures together with vows of a dozen adventurous seasons in admirable gallantry.
Mike Trout appears to have been nauseated by all this free agent buzz. Bryce this, and Manny that, collective bargaining threatening in two years to end the tenured contractual fuzz. MLB sees long-term deals like the one his teammate Albert signed, ultimately as setting a tone for coming free agents to define.
Owners want control of how to spend the money, still, players want to play without being accused of hogging all the honey. Contracts will change for better or worse; in 2020 a Collective Bargain will determine each purse. American sports are thriving like never before, astronomical numbers turning into stars left to explode.
Bryce leaves his squad, Manny traded then leaves too, back when A-Rod left 200 million was still considered shrewd. 430 is… for sports something new, but sports is lucky to have this angelic dude. An example in tone, wanting fewer distractions on the field too, focusing on what he’s actually paid to do. A lesson in modern-day melodrama. Mike Trout wants to do it the right way in the face of good statistical karma.
Alas, Mike Trout with what makes him different; with Philly calling out for him to become just another face on their new team trinkets. Looking in the mirror with a greatness in his grin, knowing what it means to embrace the legacy he feels within.
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Rejoice Halo Nation, Halo Honks, and Hangout Heroes, worry not as we proceed with plenty Center Field deniro. In Espanol it is even more comprendo. La leyenda sigue creciendo. Which means, the legend continues to grow. Arte Moreno, for all of the speculation, all the grief fans give him, and all the inflections; has given Angels fans a very special gift. A career filled with Mike Trout- all of it.