Follow the Bouncing Baseball Fan, Kendrys Morales is Back!

He’s back! He’s back! Kendrys Morales is back! And he looked pretty darned good too, with a single in his first at bat in an Angels’ uniform since Memorial Weekend, 2010 and another in his third at bat. He’s running. He’s sliding!! And all in more or less regular form. I tell you, it brought a tear to my eye…okay more than one.

Yes, taking photos of my television set is probably more than a little lame. But, is that lineup not a thing of beauty? Angels vs. Royals Spring Training on Fox Sports West, March 22, 2012. Photo by This is a very simple game...

Flushed, cheering and bouncing around the room from excitement, I posted something similarly gushy on FaceBook. And what stupendous outpouring of love did I receive for this momentous announcement? Pray tell, how many ‘hell yeahs!’ and ‘Right ons!’ exactly? *crickets* That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Nothin’ but *crickets* I say this with extreme affection, but baseball philistines the lot of them. 😉  And this, in a nutshell, is why I blog. Whoever you root for, you’ve been there before. You all get why this news is so amazing!

I haven’t posted a whole lot about Kendrys lately. I haven’t been documenting his progress religiously in this blog and I’ve avoided making impassioned predictions about his ability to return. And, trust me, it’s not because I haven’t been tracking his progress since his second surgery with keen interest. And it’s not because I haven’t been hoping that he could make it back to the roster this season with all of my little old baseball lovin’ heart. No, it’s just that I’m a practical person and, while I do tend toward optimism, it’s a cautious, guarded sort of optimism.

After last season’s disappointment, hoping and rooting for Kendrys to play again and then the setbacks, the second surgery, and another season on the DL, I had to take all of the reports this offseason of his impending 2012 return with several cups of salt – forget those measly grains. Foot and ankle injuries are terrible. Even when they heal, scar tissue can prevent the injured foot from ever working properly again, from ever functioning without a great deal of pain again. And that’s just for those of us who expect normal things of our bodies. For a professional athlete who requires so much more strength and dexterity from his body? Yeah, it’s just that much harder.

Yep, more photos of my television set. But, but, it's Kendrys Morales at the plate!! And that's the swing that resulted in his first hit. So. Very. Cool! Angels vs. Royals Spring Training on Fox Sports West, March 22, 2012. Photo by This is a very simple game...

So I promised myself that I wasn’t going to get excited about Kendrys until I saw him stride up to the plate, bat in hand, in a regular season game. And I meant it. No, seriously. I promised. Not until the regular seas…yeah, and that all flew out the window today watching that perfectly quirky, half pigeon-toed batting stance. You know the one. Yeah! And then the foot twist and the kick when he swings. And the sound the ball makes when it flies off his bat?! It was exactly like the old Kendrys…okay, with some rust. But you can see the old Kendrys not too far underneath the rust. Promise now thoroughly defenestrated, I can’t stop thinking about a regular season lineup with Kendrys batting 4th right behind Albert Pujols. A prediction? Why, yes. I think it’s absolutely going to happen and I couldn’t be more excited.


  1. Mateo Fischer

    I can tell this is a really fun time for you right now. As a Yankee fan, I’ve gone through many a season where the team makes a big acquisition and it feels like “how can we NOT win the World Series”. Enjoy the season.

    P.S. I put the video of the “Box Score Rebooted” panel up on the entry you commented. So if you you have an hour to spare and a desire to watch it, you can watch everything I paid $350 to see. You might even be able to see me in the front row snapping pictures.

    • This is a very simple game...

      It is a really exciting, fun time to be an Angels fan right now, Mateo, but I definitely don’t feel like ‘how can we not win the World Series.’ I am certain I’m going to see my favorite guys playing some stellar baseball this year with a couple of incredible new aquisitions, but beyond that? I love stats and analysis but, in the end, I am leery of predictions about who will finish where and I don’t believe there are any “sure things” in this game. Baseball is absolutely played on the field, not on paper and while I think the Angels have a good shot at the post season, I know that once those two perfect words, “Play Ball,” are called, anything can happen and often does…and, besides, even as happy as I am right now, I wouldn’t necessarily argue that the Angels look like a sure thing on paper either.

      — Kristen

  2. crzblue

    Hey Kristen, Nothing wrong with taking pictures from the TV of our boys of Summer. I do it too and have posted some in the past. Soon our boys will be back and be playing against each other and then Opening Day! Can’t wait! I am back in LA so that is my next trip down South to see my boys there.

    • This is a very simple game...

      Okay, if you do it too Emma then maybe taking photos of the tv isn’t that silly. 🙂 Enjoy the game! Opening Day tix were expensive so I’m staying away from the three exhibition games to balance it out, more’s the pity.

      — Kristen

  3. Minoring In Baseball

    Always good rooting for these guys to come back from injuries. I hate seeing players dreams and career threatened, and it is very exciting when they make the comeback. Enjoy it for all it’s worth, and best of luck to him!

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