The first six innings tonight were the best I've ever seen ANYBODY pitch. Hyperbole? You're damn right. Don't believe me? I'll let the Angels make my point for me.
Mike Scoscia starts us off (via the OC Register):
He just keeps getting better and better," Scioscia said of Halladay. "The first five or six innings, I don't know if we had a loud foul ball off him. He was as good as any pitcher we've seen with command of both sides of the plate.Joe Saunders; emasculate yourself (via MLB.com):
I thought we played a little tentative and scared because of who was on the mound," Saunders said. "I think it was just our mind-set going in. No one says it, you just kind of get that feeling as a pitcher, like, 'OK, I'm facing Roy Halladay today. If I give up a run, I might lose.'Not so fast Saunders, the LA Times wants to make you sound like a punk AND a vapid cheerleader. Like, fershure!
"We go into it thinking this guy is, like, the best pitcher in baseball, and we're going to score one run if we're lucky."Torii Hunter, punch drunk love (again MLB.com):
"Doc Halladay has surgery," Hunter said. "He was a doctor today. You have got to give it to him. He had surgery on all of us.Hunter must've ingested half a white valium, as he is more lucid a few moments later:
"He's the best there is in the game right now...He throws the ball in and out the zone, out and into the zone. He's one of the best at doing that. There are some pitchers I own, and some pitchers that own me -- he's definitely one of them."The most telling thing for me watching from home was each Angel, almost to a man, would get to first base with a big goofy grin. They seemed shocked, amazed, amused, and generally excited just making contact! Forgone conclusion indeed.
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