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Halo Headlines – 2/23/10
  • The Story: Hideki Matsui is expected to boost the Angels’ revenueThe Monkey Says: Well, duh!  Don’t think for a minute that Matsui’s international appeal wasn’t a major reason the Angels went after him so hard in the off-season.  Then again, his ability to generate additional revenue is also probably a reason the Halos were able to afford the small boost to their payroll for 2010 despite the economic downturn.
  • The Story: Anxiety is part of the job for Brian FuentesThe Monkey Says: And with Fuentes still the closer, anxiety will definitely be part of the job for any Angel fan watching him pitch in a close game.
  • The Story: Fernando Rodney wants a championship not the closer’s jobThe Monkey Says: Nice to see he is tempering his expectations, especially since the jury is still out on if he can even be a quality set-up man in Anaheim.
  • The Story: Scot Shields could begin throwing off the mound within the next ten daysThe Monkey Says: That is most certainly good news as it means Shields is on schedule to make good on his promise of being ready for Opening Day.
  • The Story: Brandon Wood is more like Troy Glaus than Dallas McPhersonThe Monkey Says: Or at least we hope so (assuming it doesn’t mean that Wood also used PEDs).  Drawing comparisons is really a fruitless exercise anyway, especially since I still hold out hope that Wood can blossom into a star and become the first Brandon Wood rather than the next Troy Glaus.
  • The Story: Robb Quinlan actually can’t really hit lefties that wellThe Monkey Says: Not quite breaking news, but more of a friendly reminder that Q pretty much stinks and has no real usefulness on a MLB roster.  No doubt Quinlan will still end up winning the final bench spot over the more deserving likes of Freddy Sandoval just to piss me off.
  • The Story: Torii Hunter is the “Shaolin monk” of the teamThe Monkey Says: I don’t know why Torii is trying to shed the label of being a leader despite the fact that he is such a natural.  Hunter was a great leader when the team needed him last year, so hopefully this isn’t him shedding responsibility so much as him being humble.  I just hope he doesn’t take the Shaolin monk thing seriously a la David Carradine from the Kung Fu show and end up hanging from a closet rod wearing fishnets.
  • The Story: Bobby Abreu and Kendry Morales might be late reporting to campThe Monkey Says: It may not matter if they are late if the rain keeps washing out the Angel workouts as it did all weekend.
  • The Story: Tickets for the All-Star festivities in Anaheim go on sale todayThe Monkey Says: Anyone want to buy me some tickets to the Fan Fest?  Anyone?  Aw, c’mon!  Jerks.
  • The Story: An interview with Angel PA announcer David CourtneyThe Monkey Says: Read this for sure if you ever wanted to get into the exciting career of… PA announcing?