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Look back into the Angels' history, celebrating 50 years.
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But 2007 halos got off to the fastest start in the team's 47 year history. And we're not just talking about speed demon Chone Figgins despite missing the first month of the season with a fractured finger -- Still like 41 to become the team's all time base stealing leader. You still -- so whenever I needed to go first or third whenever we needed to and and you know obviously was his socialist -- and in some of our lineup. To demons -- -- media throughout the base for us is Curtis took off after that and he's done really well and tend to turn himself in one heck of a baseball player. John also went it those in 07 with a 330 batting average tops for a leadoff man in franchise history. And once again He proved those who underestimated. His ability is wrong. Yeah hit him but the top of the order and happy to have him there because He got on base a lot when He gun could really run so very important element to our offense. On May ninth Mike -- Angels took sole possession of first place after defeating Cleveland three did too. They would never relinquished the division lead. Chone Figgins remarkable six hits in six at bats against the Astros on June 18. Was one reason why. I didn't realize until people start telling you got six hits. Head -- I do now is excited window winning the game from and in. I didn't realize until. Later on and I can't -- out and they get six it's. With a two out in the ninth inning -- delivered a game winning single and created history. The only place. With a six hits including a walk off hit in a nine inning game. And what about Garrett Anderson -- all this morning first -- and a team record. Ten RBIs in just one game against the Yankees. And I can't really say I enjoyed it as much. As I probably to one embarrassing by your feeling about showing anybody up so. I ran around the bases fast I couldn't go off the field is almost is if I was Bears to some degree. But you know I enjoy it later on after the game it was nice out again my -- Five days later Garrett went on another there driving in runs in twelve consecutive games one game shy of the American League record. And during those twelve games here its next seven homers and drove in 22. All while collecting twenty hits and 42 events. You mr. Angel. You always respect together it's been with the organization for so long and and I you know I think people really respected them. True competitor and a terrific athlete. Garrett was a model player in an Angel uniform and I'll go down as one of the greats in in this franchise history. Vladimir Guerrero remained in the offensive toward the -- Not only did He win the home run derby at the all star game. -- once again led the halos 27 homers a 125 RBIs in support of a very impressive. 324. Batting champ. Those are definitely -- Have played with him because. You don't see too many guys that are superstars like him because humble. And we should do what He has. I guarantee everybody did not moment when He was make it at some point when He is playing baseball He knew He is on -- highest paid players. But what character around when it came down to cracking a joke Q can somebody lose it to me example it. He's the most unassuming superstar you're gonna fight He just loves to play baseball. He's absolutely a player that has the most -- -- them the best ability to score from baseball and of course I've ever seen in. They're all my years in the game and for a while we got to see it firsthand and it was a quarter running out here. John Lackey continued as the Angels face. With a nineteen and nine record. He's very focused. And when He walks out. On the mound it's all business. The competitiveness. Will never done. Pretty great competitor. But the -- pitching story evolved. The emergence of Kelvim Escobar and went eighteen and seven with a 3.3 overall we are. And settling the intersection of sports and life continued in 2007. In memory of the worst school shooting in American history Joseph Saunders the only active player from Virginia Tech. Was allowed to Wear a tech fall camp to honor the victims. Saunders threw six shutout innings and the Angels 1824. When you received more about it able to play your -- tonight what did it mean to plummet a lot you know meant that I can honor you know those students. On in my school who -- a big honor to me you know to be able to Wear their hats to them. On September 23. The Angels clinched the western division title. They're sixth in team history. The good times for halo faithful didn't last long however. As the Boston Red Sox swept the Angels in three games to win the division series. But rest assured partying until believers. -- Mike Scioscia at the Helm. It will remain poised to be the most successful in franchise history.