Photos: Angels fans remain optimistic about 2016 as season opens at Big A

ANAHEIM– Angels proprietor Arte Moreno strolled mainly undetected via the area level rout, presumably on his way to his collection prior to Monday’s season opener.

Had Tom Everson seen him, Moreno should have gotten an earful from the 40-year Angels follower.

Everson, 68, of Seal Beach, has actually been seeing the Angels for even more than half his life and also claimed the Angels require to make some adjustments before they will certainly win an additional World Collection.

“The day they terminate (Manager) Mike Scioscia is the day they will do much better,” claimed Everson, clad in a well-worn faded red Angels Tee shirts.

Everson likewise claimed Moreno needs to have opened his checkbook for a big-name left fielder as well as obtained aid at second and also third base, too. He claimed he additionally understands the Angels are still paying previous player Josh Hamilton’s contract, which harm their spending. The Angels still owe the struggling outfielder approximately $40 million.

“We invest all the cash on Mr. Hamilton, which was a dreadful investment and due to it, it impedes us for the following year,” Everson claimed. “I believe he absolutely ought to have invested as well as obtained someone in left field for us.”

Still, Everson is positive the Angels will certainly fare well this period. As a matter of fact, he’s wagering on it.

“I think they will certainly win 80 1/2 online games,” he stated. “I additionally wager they will win the whole thing due to the fact that I’m an optimist. When May comes, it perhaps a various tale yet that’s exactly what you obtain from 40 years being an Angels fan.”

Naomi Hillside, 14, of Aliso Viejo, is really hoping the Angels show their detractors wrong. She got there for the opening day video game versus the Chicago Cubs with a huge cardboard indicator that reviewed “Prove The Doubters Incorrect A(ngels).”

“I believe a bunch of people do not think we’re going to do excellent this year, however I think we have a truly good group as well as we’re visiting confirm them all wrong,” stated Hillside, that was born the year the Angels won their only World Collection.

“I assume if the gamers we invested cash on enhance after that we will certainly win,” Hill said, aiming out left fielder Daniel Nava and the oft-injured C.J. Wilson.

Wilson will certainly miss the initial month of the season due to the fact that of shoulder soreness. The left-hander already was recuperating from surgical treatment he had remain August to get rid of bone chips from his arm joint that stop his 2015 season.

Chris Kiger of San Juan Capistrano, worn a while Angels jersey, calls himself a lifelong Angels fan and is not one of the unbelievers. He said he thinks the Angels will have a successful period despite the absence of a prominent freelance.

“They have good chemistry,” he claimed. “They have all the appropriate people to win and also have excellent individuals in left area as well as shortstop.”

Kiger admitted he had his uncertainties in the off-season, yet altered his mind after viewing the Angels on TELEVISION throughout springtime training.

“After watching them progress as a team, I now think they could win,” he claimed.

Steve Baker of Mission Viejo is one of those fans who think Moreno made the best actions throughout the off-season, namely not spending too much. At the same time, he would have preferred to have actually seen the Angels pursue a leading cost-free broker.

“Arte didn’t spend too much and also aside from closing the checkbook and also not examining the luxury tax obligation threshold, he let the GM do his work this year,” Baker said. “And also I think the GM did an excellent work this year with the exemption of not going after among the leading freelances.

“Still, I’m excessively positive because I have to be. I enjoy this team.”

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