The time is now for the Los Angeles Angels. They've got the players: sluggers like Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton; baseball's best young player in outfielder Mike Trout; and pitchers like C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver. They've spent the money – a Yankees-like $300 million over the past two years. They're not built to just contend, but to win a championship. If they feel the pressure that comes from those expectations, they aren't showing it: At spring training in Tempe, Arizona, the Angels seem relaxed and confident. "We go karting, target shooting. I put together group dinners, just fun stuff we can do with the guys," says Wilson. "They're looser than ever because they have such a good team," says ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian. "It's easy to be confident with this kind of offense."
Peter Bourjos: 26, outfielder.
Mention Bourjos's nickname – "Gorgeous Bourjos" – and he blushes with embarrassment. "I had a friend in third grade call me that, and I told him to stop. I hadn't heard it again until I got called up," he says. "Apparently, it's popular with the young girls and the old ladies." Now entering his third full season in the big leagues, Bourjos is emerging as an everyday player in an outfield crowded with marquee names (Hamilton, Trout, Vernon Wells). What keeps him in the lineup is his blazing speed. "He's probably the smoothest-running outfielder in the major leagues," says Wilson. "He has a natural gait that is amazing."
[Bourjos wears a cotton cashmere sweater by Inhabit, $230; canvas chinos by Gant Rugger, $165; BFD 102 watch by Nautica.]
Credit: Photograph by Michael Muller