Manager Mike Scioscia just revealed his lineup for the ALDS opener Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Chone Figggins 3B
Garret Anderson LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Torii Hunter CF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Mike Napoli C
Gary Matthews Jr. RF
Erick Aybar SS
John Lackey P
With the Red Sox taking over the field for their workout, Jered Weaver is making good use of the concourse area above the field level seats by using it as a jogging track. It’s the ideal place to jog, really, if you can avoid the temptations of stopping for a cold frosty one, fixing a hot dog with the works and chowing down a plate of orange chicken at Panda Express.
The concourse is shaded except for in center field near the rock formation and behind the left-field seats so it’s an ideal running route. Can’t think of too many places where an outdoor jog is 80 percent in the shade.
If they can use the Metrodome concourse in Minneapolis for roller blading in the winter, then this makes perfect sense.
The Red Sox are getting in their work at Tuesday’s workout (mostly batting practice), while Angel Stadium gets its final touches for Game 1 of the ALDS on Wednesday. The top of the dugout suites, right behind home plate, was freshly painted and now reads “Welcome to the 2008 Division Series,” with a pair of ALDS logos included.
There are also oversized ALDS logos that were painted onto the field in foul territory on the first- and third-base sides. There also is an Angels logo painted behind home plate. Red, white and blue bunting is hanging from the upper deck. Otherwise, the ballpark looks ready to go for Wednesday.
Manager Mike Scioscia and Game 1 starter John Lackey are due into the interview room in an hour or so.
The 2008 Angels are the first team since the 1931 Cardinals to win 100 games in a season without a 100-RBI player, a 30-HR hitter, or a 20-game winner. The Halos are the first AL team to do it since the 1915 Red Sox. Both the 1931 Cardinals and 1915 Red Sox went on to win the World Series.