A franchise record for consecutive losses and having already fired their manager, the Angels decided to make a change on Wednesday by walking up to nothing but Nickelback songs against the Boston Red Sox.
— Sarah Wexler (@SarahWexler32) June 9, 2022
For posterity, here is the full set list, via intrepid ESPN reporter Alden Gonzalez:
Shohei Ohtani: "Photograph"
Jo Adell: "Rockstar"
Jared Walsh: "How You Remind Me"
Matt Duffy: "Someday"
Juan Lagares: "If Today Was Your Last Day"
Brandon Marsh: "When We Stand Together"
Jack Mayfield: "What Are You Waiting For?"
Kurt Suzuki: "This Afternoon"
Tyler Wade: "Animals"
The tactic did not work. Boston won the game, 1-0.
The Angels have not won since May 24, having taken losses to the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Red Sox. In that time, they've had to sideline Mike Trout with a minor groin injury, placed breakout star Taylor Ward on the injured list with a hamstring strain, placed third baseman Anthony Rendon on the injured list with wrist inflammation and fired manager Joe Maddon.
It had once been a promising season for the Angels, who held a 27-17 record before the losing streak began and held a share of the AL West lead as late as May 16 (they now trail by nine games). That start has now gone up in flames, though the team remained only 2.5 games back from the Red Sox for the final wild card spot entering Wednesday.
Third base coach Phil Nevin was promoted to interim manager following Maddon's firing on Tuesday, and his first full day on the job has the entire team walking up to Nickelback. No one will be able to accuse him of not being bold, at least.