Anderson tries to take it in stride

first_img Anderson has been an offensive stalwart for years now, a central part to their attack, their quiet 100-RBI man. But for all those many moments when he was so brilliant, there were always those who would call into question his hustle, his desire, his effort. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In the division series opener against the Yankees, a shallow-playing Anderson saw a Robinson Cano drive sail over his head for a three-run double that provided all the runs New York would need. At proper depth, and most likely with a solid jump, many felt it was a ball that should have been caught. He left after the game without speaking to the media. Now it is Friday in New York in Game 3, left-hander Randy Johnson on the mound, two outs, two on and the left-handed Anderson at the plate. An Anderson who was 3-for-18 lifetime against Johnson. Anderson just jumped on a 1-1 pitch and drilled it out to right for the three-run homer in the first inning and a 3-0 Angels lead. Two innings later, he tripled off Johnson. Then there was a run-scoring single in the seventh. “I just took advantage of some pitches that were left out over the plate,” Anderson said. The former Kennedy High of Granada Hills standout, who had four hits and five RBI in the 11-7 win, said this in a postgame press conference that he clearly would rather have missed. Yesterday’s goat, today’s hero; it’s a familiar baseball story. But just as familiar is Anderson’s dislike for the media. When asked if he’d seen anything in the way Johnson was pitching to others that tipped him on how to attack the left-hander Friday, Anderson all but dressed down the media member. “You’ve got to be a little more specific on what you’re asking,” he said. “You’re kind of vague.” The question was repeated, and Anderson said: “We faced him a couple of times this year and we have a good idea what he’s doing up there.” Some guys almost can’t enjoy success. Anderson batted third in the two games at Anaheim, but was moved back to fifth against Johnson. Anderson shrugged at the change. “I don’t feel pressure playing baseball,” he said. “I really don’t pay attention to where I hit in the lineup. “Obviously I want to be in the middle of the order because that’s where I’ve been most of my career. But that’s the manager’s decision.” The Angels’ all-time leader in hits and RBI battled a bad back throughout much of the second half, but still finished with 17 home runs and 96 RBI. There have been a lot of big hits in his 11-year career, yet somehow always more questions. A few he mostly answers with his bat. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img NEW YORK – All this time, and it’s still hard to know what to make of Garret Anderson. The Angels’ very own enigma, their talented outfielder, both admired and … what? last_img read more

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