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LA Angels Series Preview: Bringing Tyler Skaggs back home

By Ryan Falla
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 25: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 25: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Remembering Tyler Skaggs

The Angels will be opening up the first game of this three game set against the Mariners with a pre-game ceremony to honor the late Angel Tyler Skaggs. It’s sure to be a heavily emotional event for all involved; Angels fans, players, brass, and employees will be sharing in the memory of a talented young man who passed far too early. It’s been a week since his passing and while it hasn’t gotten much easier the second half of the season will be waiting for no one. After the pre-game ceremony the Angels are going to have to honor Tyler Skaggs the way he would want to be honored; with a winning second half.

It’s going to be a long road back into a competitive position for the Angels, but that all starts with one game. One win can turn into two, two wins can turn into a sweep, and a week later that sweep can build into a winning streak. A winning streak can take the Angels from 6.5 games back in the Wild Card to a more palatable number. Who knows, by the end of this month the Angels might be right back to where they were just a couple of weeks ago, or maybe even better. All wins are important, but with the memory of Tyler Skaggs hanging mightily over the team this first one at home will probably be the most difficult win to pull in out of the entire season.

Be sure to tune into the game tonight early so you can join in on the memorial for the late, great Tyler Wayne Skaggs as we celebrate his memory as a family. Not just a collection of ball players, fans, and executives, but as one large family. That’s not just the way we’ll all move through the tragedy of Skaggs passing together, that’s how we’ll take this team to the Wild Card in the second half of 2019.

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