If you could make one move as the Angels GM, what would it be? Would you start planning a budget to sign Justin Verlander or Clayton Kershaw? Would you make a big trade at the deadline? Would you micro-manage the lineup, like in the movie "Moneyball"? Would you start teaching all of your pitchers to throw the knuckle ball to try and produce the next R.A. Dickey?
As much as fans may want to the be the GM, the inner workings of a Major League front office are known to only a very few people in the world. And, most of the time, when a GM speaks, the message is very guarded, and often filtered by the media.
But, at the 2013 AngelsWin.com Spring Training Fanfest the fans were given a very rare treat--the opportunity to ask their questions directly to Jerry Dipoto, the General Manager for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In a very candid, humorous, honest, and direct interview, Mr. Dipoto delved into all of the above issues and many more.
Mr. Dipoto did not shy away from the tough questions from the fans and gave insights into the man who has come to be known on the internet as "JeDi". Talking with over 200 fans at the event, Mr. Dipoto answered the questions that the fans wanted answered and then stayed to sign autographs and take pictures with all who were present.
In what was the highlight to an incredible evening, the Board of Directors want to thank everyone involved from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and especially Mr. Jerry Dipoto, for taking the time to interact with the fans. It was truly an incredible opportunity for everyone to learn and be entertained by one of the game's best GM's.
Click below to watch Jerry Dipoto talk with the fans at the 2013 AngelsWin.com Spring Training Fanfest.