Are the Angels baseball’s Miami Heat?

Last week, ESPN First Take (a rare watch for me as of late) opened this topic up for discussion: Are the L.A. Angels baseball’s Miami Heat?

The first thing that popped into my head was the big three comparison.

Obviously Miami has one, and it seems as though Los Angeles does too. Mike Trout is their LeBron, Albert Pujols is playing the role of Dwayne Wade (only because he isn’t performing the way we’re used to seeing (omitting his current hot streak), and Mark Trumbo is perfectly Chris Bosh-like.

However, the formations of both groups are clearly on opposite ends of the spectrum.

The Heat already had Dwayne Wade at their disposal, so after another disappointing playoff run for LeBron, and Bosh’s realization that he would never win in Toronto, both walked from their respective teams to form what would seem like a stacked team.

The Angels had Mike Trout in their farm system, and Mark Trumbo was just coming off a stout rookie campaign, so Albert Pujols was seemingly the big fish missing. Obviously, the Angels won the bidding war for Pujols by giving him a 10-year, $254 million contract. Because it’s Pujols, it sounded like a good idea then, but make no mistake about it, they’ll regret that contract eventually.

I will say this: Pujols might have abandoned the Cardinals, but he helped them win two more championships – one of which in his final year of his contract. I would rather have my superstar leave when he’s fulfilled his duties – something LeBron didn’t do. When the going got tougher in his final year, he quit on the team, and then had the audacity to make a big show out of leaving.

Can it be said that the Angels are hated as much as the Heat? Last time I checked, most of the hatred still belonged to the Bronx Bombers.

The game of baseball is a different enigma, though. It is quite easy to hate on the Heat because fans know that the skill set of those three combined can equal multiple championships. The team aspect isn’t as important. No matter how great one player is on a baseball team, it is imperative that the whole team makes an impact.

Needless to say, when that question was proposed, I changed the channel. It was far-fetched to make that kind of comparison. People tend to forget that so many components have to go right in order to win a baseball game. There are some good-to-great teams that still didn’t win a championship – the Texas Rangers know what that feels like. Maybe if the Angels win a World Series in the next two to three years, this question can be revisited.

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