Skaggs shows giving spirit at holiday party

Imagine 11-year-old Tyler Skaggs, a kid from Southern California, a Little Leaguer who loves the Angels and is glued to the television on an October night as he watches his heroes — Troy Glaus, Tim Salmon, Darin Erstad, Garret Anderson — help bring his team a World Series championship.

Fast-forward all these years later and Skaggs is a starting pitcher for the very same team he rooted for as a kid. He’s making a living playing baseball at the highest level, plying his trade every fifth day on the mound, and Skaggs helps children who look up to him just as he looked up to that magical 2002 title team.

“I’m definitely living out my dream,” Skaggs said. “And part of that is giving back to the community. It’s something that’s important to me.”

The latest example of Skaggs’ involvement in positive off-the-field endeavors came at the Angels’ annual children’s holiday party on Dec. 13 at ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney. The shindig was thrown by the Angels Baseball Foundation and the team’s radio station, 830 AM, and Skaggs was joined by former Angels great Chuck Finley, …

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