Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 6/1/12

The June 1st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Nolan Ryan to throw out the first pitch today, Mike Trout is off to a historically impressive start, Angels invited media scrutiny with their high-profile free agent signings and much more...

The Story: Nolan Ryan will throw out the first pitch for today's game against the Rangers.

The Monkey Says: So let me get this straight, the Angels are starting their first home series against their division rival by having the rival's owner throw out the first pitch?  And then on Saturday, everyone in the stadium is going to wear cowboy hats... against an opponent from TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If the Halos lose this series, I 100% blame the Angels marketing department.

The Story: Mike Trout is off to a historically impressive start.

The Monkey Says: Considering the others that have posted similar numbers, it sure seems like Trout is on pace to be as good as advertised, if not better.

The Story: The Angels invited media scrutiny due to their big free agent signings.

The Monkey Says: I think we all knew that was going to be the case.  That is also exactly what Arte Moreno wanted when he made the signings, to be elevated in the eyes of the national media.  Of course, he thought it would be a little more positive, but that is all part of the give and take.

The Story: Mike Trout is already making his mark on the Angels at age 20.

The Monkey Says: Yesterday was apparently, "let's all stroke Mike Trout" day.  There were at least three more articles just like this that I didn't post.

The Story: Thus far, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo are amongst the league's most valuable players, according to dollar per WAR.

The Monkey Says: And Ervin Santana and Erick Aybar are amongst the least valuable, so they wash each other out.

The Story: The All-Draft Team for the Los Angeles Angels.

The Monkey Says: Putting Salmon at DH is cheating, but I'll allow it.

The Story: Get an autographed Angel baseball in the Gold Ball Mystery Grab Bag fundraiser.

The Monkey Says: How much would it suck if you ended up getting one of the Vernon Wells balls?


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