Ever seen one of those movies that is an “ensemble cast”…in other words, a dream grouping of A-Listers that makes movie-goers wriggle in their seats during the coming attractions just from the list of names in the flick–usually leaving them pounding their heads on a wall once they spend the $12 to go see it.
Music has the same thing–rock “super-groups” that compile artists who have gained fame in other acts and come together to form a giant musical atrocity.
Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, Jered Weaver, Joe Blanton, Ryan Madson, Tommy Hanson, C.J. Wilson, and so on.
There are a lot of All-Star games and awards logged behind that list of names.
The question is, do they have too much talent on one team? Will this year’s Angels end up sitting on top like The Godfather, or are they destined to become baseball’s version of Audioslave?
The dynamics inside a major league locker room can be a delicate thing. Bring in the wrong player, and the balance can be toppled in the wrong direction. Bring in a supposed superstar who doesn’t deliver on the enormous money he’s getting, and it can stick in the craw of guys making much less and producing more.
Will Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout butt heads? Will there be a lack of general patience on the team if Albert Pujols starts as slowly as he did in 2012? Will Tommy Hanson run out of gas after July again? Things like this can take a talented group of players like the Angels have, and turn them into a big dysfunctional soap opera.
Sometimes the collected pieces of an All-Star caliber team don’t function well as a whole, but other times they click like they’ve been playing together for years. The Angels have the names, and those names have the numbers. Whether or not they all come together this season is another story.