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Left Coast Champions

Thursday, 07 November 2002 12:00 AM

Docs are people and like baseball too. Since one of these writers lives in Orange County, Calif., home of the world champion Anaheim Angels, and the other in Seattle, where the Mariners have finally kissed goodbye Lou "Never did a manager do less with more" Pinella, we thought we might offer some deep thoughts on baseball, the Word Series and life.

Have we mentioned that the Left Coast Anaheim Angels won the World Series?

Both local and national media keep referring to the Angels as a team without stars. Well, not exactly! While they do not have anyone who behaves or acts like a spoiled brat or conceited superstar, they have a dugout of athletes who just "play" like stars.

No one here has four lockers, a special private rest area, with Barcalounger and personal television. Not even the kind of top-tier well-behaved stars that (forgive us, one of us is bitter) Lou Pinella squandered for so many years in Seattle: Griffey, A-Rod, Randy, Ichiro, a pair of Martinezes and, come back, Joey, all is forgiven.

But there are now 31 other teams who would be glad to have some of Anaheim's "non-stars." Garrett Anderson, Darren Erstadt, Tim Salmon, Scott Spezio, Adam Kennedy, Troy Glaus, David Eckstein, Jarrod Washburn, John Lackey, Ramon Ortiz, Brendan Donnelly, Frankie Rodriguez and Troy Percival.

TO NAME A FEW. HEY THERE, YANKS AND GIANTS: WANNA TRADE?

During last Tuesday's celebration at Edison Field, shortstop David Eckstein – all five foot six inches of him (truly a short stop) – told the youth-filled audience that his success was due to good, supportive parents and siblings, making the right decisions and choices, and never letting someone else tell him that he wasn't good enough. All the Angel players will tell you that the "x-factor" of grit and pride was the mega-force of this special, scrappy, relentless, inspiring team.

But, alas, not everybody showed similar grace. Negative kudos to Disney CEO Michael Eisner for:

And while we're at it (and not to rub it in, of course) – if the East Coast fans refuse to watch any finals they're not in, they will be in for many sportless seasons, days and nights.

Lets review the champs of the last six months:

And then let's not forget:

And, by the way, while other baseball teams are growing old, the Angels are growing young. Pitcher K-Rod is 20. John Lackey is 24. Series MVP Troy Glaus is 25. So, how about them Anaheim Angels? Our Left Coast guys are young, signed, and "We'll be back" next spring for your national TV viewing enjoyment.

Deal with it.

Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., is a multiple-award-winning writer who comments on medical-legal issues. Robert J. Cihak, M.D., is a former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Contact Drs. Glueck and Cihak by e-mail.

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