ANAHEIM, Calif. — Chris Lengthy wished to level out that he wasn’t consuming beer.
No, the beverage of alternative contained in the Los Angeles Angels’ clubhouse following Philadelphia Eagles’ apply Wednesday was one thing known as kombucha, which, in response to organicauthority.com, is “a fermented beverage constructed from tea, sugar, water and a SCOBY, an acronym for symbiotic tradition of micro organism and yeast” that’s apparently “wealthy in gut-loving probiotics and famous well being results.”
“All people’s consuming it,” the Eagles defensive finish mentioned. “No one is aware of what it does, however everyone’s consuming it.”
It’s getting a bit of crunchy round right here, maybe an indication that the workforce is getting snug within the SoCal environment.
Following Sunday’s recreation in Seattle, the Eagles (10-2) opted to fly to California and keep in Orange County to arrange for the Los Angeles Rams (9-Three) fairly than make a pair of cross-country journeys in back-to-back weeks.
Defensive finish Brandon Graham admitted the time change took a bit of getting used to — he was handed out by eight:30 Tuesday evening — and it was an adjustment adapting to the “move” of the West Coast operation, however they’re slowly getting used to dwelling out of a resort and training on a baseball subject.
The climate is not unhealthy — the forecast is looking for clear skies and temps within the mid-to-upper 70s, whereas Philly braces for the potential for its first snowfall of the season this week — and the lodging at Angel Stadium are fairly plush, all in all.
“It’s good,” offensive sort out Lane Johnson mentioned, having a look across the residence workforce’s sprawling clubhouse, full with a wraparound sofa and wall-to-wall TVs. “Baseball gamers received it made by the appears to be like of issues.”
Whereas the Eagles are effectively faraway from the wildfires burning to the northwest, coach Doug Pederson mentioned it has been on his thoughts.
“It’s clearly a critical situation with what is going on on and our ideas and prayers are clearly with the individuals which can be affected,” mentioned Pederson, noting that he hadn’t heard something from the NFL on the problem. “I do know the Rams have been affected these final couple of days and it makes it a bit of uncomforting and unsettling.”
The Eagles’ floor crew laid sod down over the infield dust to create a 100-yard soccer subject. Pederson credited them, together with the IT division, video division and tools and medical staffs, for making the transition “seamless.”
“It looks like NovaCare,” he mentioned, referencing their apply facility again residence.
Baseball grass is slicker than soccer grass, seems. On the opening of Wednesday’s apply, an assistant coach warned the gamers, “Watch out. It’s slippery.” A pair guys misplaced their footing and fell early within the session, in response to a defensive participant’s account.
“The grass is a bit of bit slick. That’s why [baseball players] put on the metallic cleats,” Johnson mentioned. “You’ll be able to’t get too uncontrolled. Not saying it’s a foul factor. However you’ve received to remain balanced.”
Added security Rodney McLeod: “Just a little little bit of an adjustment. Guys have been sliding round a bit of bit. But it surely didn’t take lengthy for us to get our toes acclimated and on the market rolling at the moment.”
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That apart, the gamers felt good about their first full apply since falling 24-10 to the Seahawks. Pederson urged that the workforce hadn’t been notably sharp main as much as that recreation, and believed it to be a contributing issue within the loss. The consensus within the locker room was that the Eagles had regrouped.
There was a shock ready for them after they received off the sector Wednesday. At every locker stall was a bobblehead of Angels star outfielder Mike Trout, who was raised within the Philadelphia space and is an insane Eagles fan. Trout isn’t going to be in attendance this week — he’s again East searching, in response to buddy Carson Wentz — however he let the workforce know that he’s there in spirit.
“Received my Mike Trout bobblehead proper right here,” Johnson mentioned. “Going to should put that up in the home someplace.”