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Angel is in the (extended) family
October 4, 2007 - Neil Rudel
I'm rooting for the Angels in the MLB playoffs because a long-lost cousin is their pitching coach.
He's Mike Butcher, who is in his first season with the Angels' big club after spending last year as Tampa Bay's pitching coach and a number of seasons before that in various levels of minor league ball. He also pitched four seasons as a reliever with the Angels.
Here's how we're related. See if you can follow along and if I can get this right:
He's the son of Bob Butcher, who is the son of Mark Butcher, who was the brother of my late grandmother Rachel (Butcher) Rudel.
I can see the definite Butcher facial characteristics in Mike's mug shot.
I've never met Mike, or Bob, but I had visited my great Uncle Mark (my dad's uncle) when the latter was residing near my grandparents in Florida. My dad, though, knows Bob and has been in touch over the years and has followed Mike's success.
What's all this mean?
It boils down to one question, according to my son Adam, "Dad, does that mean he can get us World Series tickets if they make it?"
"No, Adam. If we're in, so are 250 extended family members. But root for the Angels anyway."
Other MLB playoff picks ...
*Would like to see the Phillies and Cubs in the NL championship series, the Phils because they're from the state and the Cubs because, well, they're the Cubs.
*If the Angels don't make it, we, of course, would be entertained by another Yankees-Red Sox installment.