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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Kendry Morales' Walk-Off Gone Wrong

The walk-off, game winning hit is one of the most exciting plays in baseball. The walk-off homerun? Even more exciting. The walk-off grand slam? Pure ankle shattering jubilance. The poor start to the 2010 Angels' season took a crippling turn for the worse on Saturday. The Angels' hard slugging (.290/.346/.487) first baseman, Kendry Morales, won the game against the Mariners with a walk-off slam. Good times, right? Nope. After some high fives, a slip and fall, an air cast and a cart ride, Mike Scioscia had this to say
“It’ll change the way we celebrate,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before the extent of Morales’ injury was known. “It sure was exciting, but you always wonder if it’s an accident waiting to happen. This is definitely unfortunate. We’ve just got to wait and see what we’re dealing with. We’ll know more information as the night moves on.”
Well, what they're dealing with is ankle surgery that should keep Morales shelved for 10-12 weeks. Bad news bears. To show you guys that we aren't just going to be dick jokes and absurd baseball humor (note: there will be a lot of dick jokes and absurd baseball humor), I'm going to throw out some actual analysis. The Angels are screwed. That's why I gets paid the big bucks. The Angels almost have to turn to the trade market to replace Morales. Robb Quinlan isn't a replacement level player no matter how many B's he spells his name with. The Brandon Wood project at third isn't working out, although I have my fingers crossed that we'll get to see a platinum sombrero soon. So the Angels are back to having no real power to speak of. Hey, how's Texas going, Vlad?

I'm sure the Angels will now kick the tires on Paul Konerko and Lance Berkman or discuss poor decisions like Jermaine Dye. Here's my off base suggestion, teach Elijah Dukes first base and some common sense. He's still young and talented and mentally unstable. And cheap! Come on, Reagins, roll the dice.

And now for your viewing pleasure, the video summary of the walk-off slam and injury...

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