Saturday, December 31, 2011

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer

With the new year getting underway, Angels fans have every reason to be excited for the coming season. A new era is about to begin for the team—one that will see the Angels returning to the World Series several times.

With all respects to David Letterman, here's a Top-10 List of Things Angels fans can look forward to in 2012.

10. Albert Pujols. Did anyone really believe he'd be a Halo at the start of the offseason?

9. An Improved Bullpen. One of the most underrated moves that the Angels did may have been signing Hawkins. Fixing the pen means that games won by the starters stay as wins in the win-loss column.

8. Peter Bourjos. Is there anything more exciting than seeing him make highlight-reel plays on a regular basis?

7. Howie Kendrick. Hitting in front of Pujols, he should become the hitter we all thought he'd be.

6. Mike Trout. At some point next year, we will see him in the outfield, and he should be sticking. The kid is good. Really good.

5. Mark Trumbo. Who cares where he plays on the field, the kid hits bombs and only gets better with experience.

4. The New TV Deal. A steady source of revenue that's more than double what we had before? We now have the money to compete with any team and make any deal that makes the team better. And that money will be coming for the next 20 years!

3. The Four Horsemen: Weaver, Haren, Wilson, and Santana. How would you like to be coming into a buzz-saw like that?

2. The Post-Season. Yes Angels fans, we'll be eating hot dogs in October because . . .

1. Albert Freakin' Pujols. He’s an Angel, he’s a stud, and he’s the guy who will put the team over the top. With him in the lineup, the Angels will win it all in 6!

Happy New Year Angels Fans! It’s time to start getting excited about 2012.
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