With the mayor of Anaheim, Calif., expected at Angel Stadium for the first time this season, Angels owner Arte Moreno again defended his decision to change the team's name from the Anaheim to the Los Angeles Angels.
According to Moreno, his intent was to broaden the team's market penetration in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which has a population of 18 million.
"Growing the broadcast audience means [earning] more revenues to invest in the team," he said before Tuesday's yesterday's Game 1. "Our television revenues have substantially jumped."
Moreno said the team formerly drew 90 percent of ticket buyers from Orange County, and 10 percent from elsewhere. Now, the figures are 60 percent and 40 percent.
Moreno said his team's financial picture is now "competitive with the other baseball team in the marketplace" -- which means the Los Angeles Dodgers.
John Lackey, who starts for the Angels in Game 2, does not have the gaudy numbers of teammate Bartolo Colon. However, some scouts and opposing hitters who saw the Angels down the stretch have said that Lackey's stuff was better than Colon's. Lackey was 6-1 over the season's final two months.
"Being the Game 2 starter is a big deal to me," said Lackey, who went 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in the 2002 postseason for the Angels. "I'm going to go as hard as I can for as long as I can."
At 42, Boston's David Wells has pitched longer than most observers would have expected. But he won 15 games this season and hasn't shown any more signs of falling apart than he did seven years ago.
So it was a surprise when Wells, when asked about his troublesome back, said, "I'm feeling pretty good right now, but I hope we can just win the whole thing and I can run off into the sunset and say good-bye."
He would just walk away?
"I mean it would be an easy exit, but like I said, I'm not going to jump the gun now," he said. "I want to win it first. So when I do, then it will be an easier decision for me."
Sheinin reported from Anaheim, Calif., Carpenter from Chicago.