Nick Punto's from Mission Viejo: Will You Trade Angel Wings for Dodger Blue?

Trabuco Hills High School alum Nick Punto was recently picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Will you be watching the team more closely now?

Amid a flury of high-profile trades over the weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up a Mission Viejo alum.

Infielder Nick Punto played for the Mustangs, and then for Gauchos.

L.A. will be the closest Punto's been to home in 11 years, which he's spent playing for various teams east of the Rockies.

In 2001, Punto was picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Minnesota Twins chose him in 2004, and he was on the St. Louis Cardinals for one season.

Most recently Punto played for the Boston Red Sox, where he earned $3 million for a two-year contract and played second base, third base, shortstop and occassionally first base.

Does having a local boy on the Dodgers make you want to trade in your Angels cap? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

Walt Halagarda August 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I grew up in Brooklyn and bleed Dodger blue. We were at Saturdays game welcoming all the new Dodgers. I'm also an Angrl fan and it is so much more convenient to travel to the Stadium in Anahein. I was hoping for a fwy series, but the Angels have their work cut out for them.
Charles August 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
"Does having a local boy on the Dodgers make you want to trade in your Angels cap?" It doesn't have to be a mutually exclusive situation. No reason a person can't be a fan of both teams (and the Clippers and the Lakers and the Kings and the Ducks and USC and UCLA, and years ago the Rams and the Raiders). It's the region I am rooting for, not the organization. It is Southern California as a whole. Heck, as much as I hate the "Frisco" Niners, I rooted against the ny giants [spits to cleanse the mouth] in the NFC championship last winter. What is particularly annoying - though an unfortunate fact of life in Southern California - is the presence of so many transplanted east coast and midwest people the appearance of whom is most noticeable at local sporting events - especially when their teams are in town. I can't go to an Angels-yankees [spits again] game simply because there are too many ex new yawkers there. I also think about them when I am sitting in traffic too - wondering why there is so much traffic. "You call dese westuwants? You should see da westuwants back in nu york..."
Shripathi Kamath August 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM
"No reason a person can't be a fan of both teams (and the Clippers and the Lakers" Wait, how can anyone be a fan of the Clippers? That's like being a fan of Euro Disney. Or UNC Charlotte.


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