Los Angeles Angels fans should feel very fortunate.
In a city that features one professional sports franchise with a head coach on his way out and another with an owner slated to exit, the Halos are poised to break out when MLB clubs leave their spring training homes in Arizona and Florida and rejoin their respective home city.
Though the city geographically remains Anaheim, owner Arte Moreno made sure the technical location would read "Los Angeles" years ago.
As spring training heads into its last full week of Cactus and Grapefruit League action, the Angels are looking swell. A split-squad sweep over the Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Indians on Friday improved the Angels' spring record to 12-8, but more importantly, it showcased the talents of several key Halos contributors whose 2012 transitions will be vital as the season begins.
I'm not referring to Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson—those two have already proven their ability at their respective positions.
Instead, it is pitcher Dan Haren who threw five successful innings against the Brew Crew and has a spring training ERA of 1.80.
It is Mark Trumbo, going 2-for-4 and thriving in his new role at third base after being pushed across the diamond by Pujols' arrival. His .357 batting average and 1.027 OPS is the best it has ever been during the preseason, while an impressive diving grab against the Giants this week confirmed Trumbo's ability to react well in his new hot corner of a home.
"He was getting great jumps on balls and he made a great diving play to his left," said manager Mike Scioscia, adding, "Hopefully he keeps progressing."
And it is Kendrys Morales, thriving after returning from a nearly two-year stint on the DL. After collecting a hit in his first at-bat since his 2010 injury, Morales capped off his abbreviated week with a 2-for-3 performance on Friday, including his first home run of the year.
After finally ending his injury-induced, 664-day homer drought, Morales was upbeat: "I felt pretty good mentally. I feel like it lifted my spirits a little bit."
It sure lifted ours.
Yes, things are coming together for the Angels, the new stars of Los Angeles. Although, someone ought to tell MLB that—whoever scored today's Angels game kept referring to some crazy team called "ANA."