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Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

Posted on: September 23, 2009 6:21 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2009 6:22 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Over the past 10 days, the Angels have played the Yankees and Red Sox seven times, with a very good chance that they'll be seeing at least one of those clubs -- and possibly both -- when the playoffs start in less than two weeks.

Advantage or disadvantage for a club to be playing high-powered potential playoff opponents so close to the start of the postseason?

"The schedule's a joke," manager Mike Scioscia says. "You should be playing within your division at the beginning of the season, at the end of the season and in the middle of the season.

"The fact that we were back east [playing Boston] last week and that [the Yankees are] coming out West doesn't make sense."

Perhaps the root of Scioscia's anger is sleep deprivation. The Angels started last week's trip east with one game in New York on Monday, a makeup of an earlier rainout.

Traveling from Southern California following a Sunday game, the Angels arrived in New York around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Then, after that night's game, they arrived in Boston around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday for the start of a three-game series.

Following the finale in Boston on Thursday, another night game, the Angels arrived at their next stop on the three-city trip, Texas, around 3 a.m.

Wednesday's home finale against the Yankees marked the end of a stretch in which the Angels played 20 games in 20 days and 41 games during a 43-game stretch.

"I don't know if there's ever been an off day more needed for this team than our day [Thursday]," Scioscia says. "The East Coast trip was tough."

Their reward, though, is just around the corner. Entering Wednesday, their magic number was five to clinch a third division title and a fifth in six seasons. While Scioscia says the schedule has been "a grind" lately, he's also learned something about his club.

"I think the depth of our team has surfaced," he says. "It's gotten us through what, looking back, has been a grind."

Likes: Still love the Rally Monkey in Anaheim. He's timeless. ... Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. The four Yankees who date back to 1996 remain class (and winners) today. ... Texas pitching Kevin Millwood to pitch the other night even though he was so close to it guaranteeing his $12 million option for 2010 was the right thing to do. ... Hey, with Minnesota chasing Detroit, we've got one race. Of course, the Twins have six games left with the red-hot Royals -- and are projected to face Zack Greinke twice. Hey, they wouldn't want to back into the playoffs, would they? ... President Barack Obama on The Late Show with David Letterman this week. Letterman remains the master of the late night. ... James Maddock's disc Sunrise on Avenue C has been a wonderful find. ... Big finish last week as the Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central Falcons held off New Boston Huron 20-19. Next victory for the Falcons: Friday night against Grosse Ile.

Dislikes: Rangers reliever Eddie Guardado, 39, considering retirement? Say it ain't so, Everyday Eddie. One of the game's true good guys.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Now the years are rolling by me
"They are rockin even me
"I am older than I once was
"And younger than I'll be
"That's not unusual
"No it isnt strange
"After changes upon changes
"We are more or less the same"

-- Simon and Garfunkel, The Boxer


Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2009 12:27 am

Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

Do you drink or smoke?  If so does that mean you have no class?  Pettitte is an athlete trying to get stronger to compete and that makes him unclassy? 

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2009 12:25 am

Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

It is obvious that someone is voicing opinion and not facts.  To say the Angels that average 90 - 100 wins each year wouldn't see the playoffs isn't accurate in the least.  Put them in the AL east and they beat both the Yankees and Red Sox consistently.  They would be in the playoffs.  The AL central.  I guess the first team to 80 wins in the year takes that one.  The angels would also rule the NL east, where teams like Philly, the Mets, etc play.  The NL central is always up for grabs, when the Cubs aren't choking on their own.  The NL west would be a challenge, but LA, San Fran, San diego would make things interesting.  The next time you want to make a statement, check the facts first.  there is an old adage that says, 'it is better to remain silent and have others believe your a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.'  To beat New York and Boston constantly, the two teams that rule the AL, the Angels have to field a better team to accomplish the feat and that is what defeats your comment.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2009 11:30 pm

Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

I think you're the joke.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2009 10:35 pm

Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

The real joke is the division the Angels play in. Throw them in the other 5 divisions and they wouldn't have seen the playoffs at all in the past decade.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2009 10:09 pm

Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

Phoos: couldn't agree more!  Letterman SUCKS, and basically always has.  He isn't funny, can't do a decent interview (see Carson or Leno tapes for that).  He is just a low-life no-talent scuz.  Perfect place for Bam.

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2009 9:28 pm

Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

comparing steriod going over the speed limit


Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2009 8:41 pm

Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

The words "class" and Andy Pettitte do not belong in the same sentence. I remember when he was in a few religous commercials talking about how faith ruled his life, and how god was such a big influence in his baseball life. Ya right Andy, I wonder if God was pumping that needle up your ass.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2009 7:55 pm

Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

Have you ever cheated on your taxes, told a llittle white lie? gone over  the speed limit? breaking the rules are the same  for everyone so maybe your name should rhyme with claas too ....get a life!Sealed

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2009 7:47 pm

Scioscia: 'The schedule's a joke'

Letterman the master?

Better stick to something you know, Scott.

Letterman has morphed into a bitter and hateful old coot, who hasn't produced an original thought or moment in at least 10 years. He used to be pretty decent until he started getting the mistaken notion that most of us care what he thinks about politics. He should not mistake the lefties who frequent his show with the rest of us.

He consistently rags on people he has utter contempt for, usually conservatives, while spending an inordinate amount of his time smooching the backsides of everyone left of Lieberman. If he'd spent any more time on his knees with Obama, Michelle would have been jealous.

Appreciate the Greinke reference, but the Letterman one was way out of bounds...I gotta' blow the whistle on that one.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2009 6:52 pm

Andy Pettitte, class?

Andy Pettitte...admitted steroid user who cheated and helped denigrate the game of baseball.  Somehow the word class doesn't come to mind.  Something that rhymes with it does though.

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