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Brian Ilten
Posted 2013-02-01 7:52 AM (#1931867)
Subject: Angels Among Us



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By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

One of the things that I most enjoy about AngelsWin.com is the entire community that we have developed. When Chuck Richter started the website in 2004, I doubt he had any idea of what it would become—a vibrant community that supports and cares for one another. It’s that community that makes AngelsWin.com special.

In our community, there are many angels—people who have gone above and beyond to help someone else in need. These angels can do things ranging from praying for someone who is sick to comforting someone through the loss of a loved one. I know many who have given others free tickets to games to actually driving out, getting someone, and bringing that person to a game. And, all of this happens because of our love for our team and our connection through the website.

Besides those who have been generous and kind with their time and work, there are other angels on our website. These are real Angels, many of whom come here to see what we are saying about them and how the fans are responding to the team. Everyone from the newest players to Arte Moreno and the front office comes onto AngelsWin.com to see what we are saying. Because we go out and interview players in Rookie ball and Single-A, we are often their first exposure to the media, and often the first chance that they have for their family and friends to learn more about their successes. They may not post much, but, they are on here nonetheless.

As one of the writers for the website, I have been fortunate to meet many of the players, especially the Minor Leaguers. They are men working hard to make their dreams come true on the baseball field so that we, the fans, can see our dreams come true with a championship. They put in long hours in far away places just to get a shot at the Major Leagues. They are good guys. Even the guys who are spending most of their time on the bench in the Major Leagues are still putting in long hours to be ready just in case they are needed.

When I interviewed Jerry Dipoto, there’s one thing that he said to me about players that I find particularly important for all fans to remember. “If a player makes it to the Major Leagues, even for 1 at-bat, or one inning, that means he is one of the top 1,000 people at his job in the world.” Think about that. Most of us work in jobs with hundreds of thousands or millions of people doing the same thing. Not all of us will make it into the top 1,000 people in our professions. Nor, will we have so many metrics used by so many fans of our work to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, or the passion to do so with such intensity.

Part of why AngelsWin.com works so hard to make a Top-50 Angels Prospect List is to give as much praise to as many prospects in the organization as we can. We want to expose and educate the fans about as much that is happening in the organization as possible.

Nothing gives me or Chuck as much joy as when we receive an email from a player or a player’s family member thanking us for allowing them to see themselves or their loved one being celebrated on our website. And nothing pains us more than to hear the opposite.

As AngelsWin.com continues to grow, we are becoming the premiere destination for the Angels community to come and talk baseball. Healthy, vibrant, and even contentious discussion is one of the hallmarks of the website. With that growth comes more responsibility from all of us to continue to make the AngelsWin.com community the best Angels community on the internet.

So, in the spirit of the community that exists on this site, please remember, that when we are talking about players and performances on the field, ultimately, we are talking about real people who have real feelings. While we might not always be pleased with their play or all of their choices in life, they are entitled to be treated with the dignity and respect that every other member of this community has. While it might appear cute or fun to get a dig in on a player, or to come up with a term to describe him, in the end, it only weakens our community. None of us has the right to cast the first stone.

I can assure you that this website is read by many of the players, their families, and members of the Angels Front Office. They all recognize that fans have passions and strong opinions to support them. It is okay to criticize poor performance and other issues. Being critical, though, is not a license to become offensive or a bully. While the temptation to post something spiteful is strong, it’s better to take a pause before posting so as to avoid any problems.

Here’s one tip that I would recommend before posting: Ask yourself, would I say that directly to the player’s face, or if I knew that he would read it? If the answer is no, then don’t post it. Because most likely, that player will read it, or his parents, wife, or children will read it, and it will get back to him. Not only is that rude to that player, it also hurts this website, as it makes that player less likely to want to talk with us, do interviews, or attend our functions.

Like many of you, I can hardly wait for the 2013 season to get underway. There will be plenty to talk about over the next 8 months. There will be thrills and joys, dramatic wins and spectacular performances. And, as with every season, there will be heartbreaking losses, slumps, and miscues, all of which will confound us as fans. That’s all part of the game.

But, as I think about writing about the upcoming season, I will remember what truly makes this site the best Angels fansite on the internet, the community. A great community is one that welcomes all, and treats all members with dignity and respect. In an online community, the person reading the posts could become an angel to you in a time of distress, or a real Angel coming onto our website to see out what we’re saying. So, as 2013 gets underway, remember, there are Angels amongst us.

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Brian Ilten
Posted 2013-02-01 7:57 AM (#1931871 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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Good words, written well Dave!











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Chuck Richter
Posted 2013-02-01 8:55 AM (#1931897 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: RE: Angels Among Us



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Good Blog submission Dave.

Something we all (even myself) need to be reminded of when commenting and critiquing here.
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Mauch Won
Posted 2013-02-01 9:42 AM (#1931921 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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Thanks for the reminder, David. My youngest son, 13, was invited to play in a national baseball tournament this summer. As I day dreamed about his potential baseball career, one thing that came to mind is preparing him to deal with fan opinions both good and bad.
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JimC
Posted 2013-02-01 9:55 AM (#1931930 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us




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^^ You should tell him to stay far away from anything called "Gameday"
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Mauch Won
Posted 2013-02-01 10:18 AM (#1931937 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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I was thinking the reverse. Look at gameday now so he can understand the passion when his name isn't being mentioned.
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Wallerrrr
Posted 2013-02-01 10:18 AM (#1931938 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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just have AO give him a pep talk
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Torridd
Posted 2013-02-01 10:28 AM (#1931946 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: RE: Angels Among Us


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Excellent post and I will try to change.
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Bruce Nye
Posted 2013-02-01 10:35 AM (#1931950 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



As usual, Dave, excellent job.
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JAHV76
Posted 2013-02-01 10:55 AM (#1931966 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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Great article and comments. I'm sure players are not intentionally GIDP, giving up home runs, or missing routine defensive plays. In the end we are all human prone to mistakes. Well most of us anyway.

Edited by JAHV76 2013-02-01 10:59 AM
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AngelsRedRum
Posted 2013-02-01 1:11 PM (#1932075 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: RE: Angels Among Us



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You need to relay this message to the grounds crew.

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DowningRules
Posted 2013-02-01 1:41 PM (#1932093 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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This article supports my theory that we use code names. Such as 'Ghostface Killah.'
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tomsred
Posted 2013-02-01 2:23 PM (#1932122 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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Excellent read David!
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Adam
Posted 2013-02-01 4:31 PM (#1932272 - in reply to #1932093)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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DowningRules - 2013-02-01 1:41 PM

This article supports my theory that we use code names. Such as 'Ghostface Killah.'


Totally. haha
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CaliAngel
Posted 2013-02-01 9:17 PM (#1932462 - in reply to #1932093)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us




DowningRules - 2013-02-01 1:41 PM

This article supports my theory that we use code names. Such as 'Ghostface Killah.'


lol I love that I know who you're referring to.
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Vegas Halo Fan
Posted 2013-02-02 9:29 AM (#1932581 - in reply to #1931867)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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Very well put. I believe that we sometimes forget the amount of reach this website has when we make comments about players, coaches, the manager and front office personnel. Thanks for the wake up call.
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Chuck Richter
Posted 2013-02-02 10:07 AM (#1932622 - in reply to #1932581)
Subject: Re: Angels Among Us



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Vegas Halo Fan - 2013-02-02 9:29 AM

Very well put. I believe that we sometimes forget the amount of reach this website has when we make comments about players, coaches, the manager and front office personnel. Thanks for the wake up call.


Thanks, Vegas. A good reminder for us all here.

There's never a problem being critical or display frustration and disappointment -- that's what we fans do -- how we demonstrate that frustration and disappointment toward the player, coach, manager or FO member shows the kind of people we are because we certainly wouldn't say or act the way a lot of us have here (including myself at times) toward said player, coach, manager or FO member.

This is just a great reminder by Saltzer who is well aware that there are Angels Among Us reading this board & our Blog daily.
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