The January 2nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels have the top-rated outfield, Hunter claims he was misquoted about gay teammates and much more...
The Story: The Angels boast the top-rated outfield in baseball according to Buster Olney.
The Monkey Says: I love his idea of the Angels outfield possibly getting 100 homers and 100 steals combined. That is a big stretch since it would mean a pretty huge year from Bourjos, but I have to imagine that has never been done before.
The Story: Torii Hunter, predictably, claims he was misquoted regarding his comments about a potential gay teammate making him feel "uncomfortable."
The Monkey Says: The only thing that bothers me more than a bigot is a hypocrite and Hunter appears to now be both. Kevin Baxter, who wrote the story, immediately refuted Torii's claim and says he has the recorded audio of the interview to prove it. Way to go, Torii.
The Story: The year in heat maps, featuring a great Trout map and a frightening Hamilton map.
The Monkey Says: My favorite part of Trout's map is how he murders pitches inside because that was the early book on him when he was first called up. Everyone thought they could beat him inside with a good heater, but that lasted about two weeks before he adjusted and raked anything and everything on the inner half. My favorite part of the Hamilton map is... LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR YOU! I'M COVERING MY EARS. LA LA LA!
The Story: Jim Bowden lists the biggest risks of the off-season and doesn't include the Angels signing Josh Hamilton.
The Monkey Says: How he thinks moving Aroldis Chapman to the rotation is a bigger risk than giving $125 million to an injury-prone former addict with an alarming drop in contact rate is beyond me. Oh, wait, not it isn't. I forgot for a second that Jim Bowden is a dim-witted buttchunk.
The Story: Mike Trout is featured in the top catches of 2012.
The Monkey Says: But only once. ONCE. I think I might have to launch a grand jury investigation into how that happened.
The Story: 10 questions for the Angels as they enter the new year.
The Monkey Says: Secret question #11: when are they going to hurry the hell up and lock Trout into an extension already?
The Story: Katie Hamilton talks about God and supporting her husband Josh.
The Monkey Says: But mostly God. Pretty much all God. Between the two of them, I wonder if they all they do at home is just sit around and talk about how great God is and how much they are blessed. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just know that I want to punch myself in the face everytime my wife tells me a story of hers that I have already heard seven times. I guess what I'm saying is the Hamiltons have more patience than I do.