Angels start 2013 with a bang, but baseball seasons are long hauls

Apr 2, 2013

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cincinnati Reds

Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 1, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Angels started their season on the road in Cincinnati on Monday, where they went 13 innings to earn a 3-1 win after some deft managing by Mike Scioscia, who reconfigured his players in the 11th inning in hopes of breaking a 1-1 tie. Angels fans will hope Scioscia can keep recreating that magic. The team has spent big this year, racking up a $170 million wage bill this season, though, if baseball fans know anything it’s that big spending alone does not a World Series trophy buy.

While the Angels have lingered in the shadow of their “crosstown rivals,” the Dodgers, who have spent lavishly on team and stadium, the Angels could certainly be a force to be reckoned with, especially if Scioscia can continue to manage creatively. Will the Angels have the legs and brains to go the distance?

Mike Giovanna, Los Angeles Times sports reporter who follows the Angels

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