By Ellen Bell - AngelsWin.com Columnist
I’m a Spring Training Veteran. For the past 11 years, I haven’t missed a March in Tempe. Every year holds special memories, but last year was different.
Last year was epic.
It was no longer the lazy, laid-back collection of afternoon games in the desert sunshine.
Albert Pujols was was in town and the stakes had gone through the roof. Major League Baseball focused its attention on little Tempe Diablo Stadium with expectations that even the most optimistic fan couldn’t fathom.
A lock to win the AL West? We’re used to that. Best rotation in the game? That’s a little less familiar. But heavy favorites to win the World Series before a single pitch had been thrown? That’s rarified air, even for Halo fans.
The result was a spring season that was off-the charts. Opening Day in Tempe had all the excitement of the first game at Anaheim. Seats were packed. Fans were grinning. I’ve seen a lot of baseball and I’ve never been around more ...