My Angels….. The Baseball Team!


The Big A: Anaheim’s little slice of heaven

Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
Here’s that Guy again!!  He now has two columns.  ‘Man of the House’  and  ‘Fan of the House’!
Anaheim Stadium is about 15 minutes from me and it really is great place to watch a ballgame.
The Angels finished No. 1 in a recent fan-friendliness survey, but a couple of Dodger Blue-blooded fans had to see for themselves.
If you don’t like Orange County, you don’t like America.

They are happy here, "Hi, how are ya" happy. I wasn’t welcomed with such passion at my own wedding, by my own bride. (It was an arranged marriage. She arranged it; I pretty much just showed up.)
Yes, it’s good to be in Orange County, the county that never sleeps. We are here to see how the other half lives, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, to be precise, the team that won all those accolades last week for the way it treats its fans.

In case you missed it — absorbed as you were with Michael Jackson’s pharmacology — ESPN rated the Angels the most fan-friendly team in the nation. That’s not just in baseball, either. That’s in all four major sports. Who’s No. 1 when it comes to treating fans well? The Angels.

"WELCOME TO ANAHEIM!" says the lady at the parking gate, and for a moment I think she might jump in my lap.

As I said, they are happy here. Texas happy, and not just because they are in a playoff-caliber tussle with those longhorns. They are happy to live and play in God’s County. Who wouldn’t be?

"You can park over there," the nice lady says, pointing to 5,000 empty spots.

Right away, I am liking Angel Stadium, for there are not those swirling, flushing traffic circles you suffer at some other local venues. (Hey, Frank, you’ve got some good things going, but how about some pedestrian bridges?)

In Anaheim, the parking grid is more sensible. Five minutes after leaving the freeway, my date and I are walking toward the front door.

"This is nice," says my young son.

"Don’t jump to conclusions," I say.

What does he know from nice? All he has ever seen is Dodger Stadium, which finished 50th in the survey. I like Dodger Stadium, Heck, on many nights, I love Dodger Stadium. Yet, evidently, it has a ways to go in terms of affordability and atmosphere.

But life is good for Angels fans. Not perfect, just very good. Angels fans still have the 57 Freeway to stare at every night. And that crazy Flintstones waterfall.

Yet the place is well scrubbed, the concession lines a dream, vendors everywhere. The food? Well, we’ll get to that in a moment. Meanwhile, there are summer tans and pregnant women in halter tops. At least I think it was a pregnant woman. Might have been a guy.

Indeed, this is a very handsome ballpark, though I prefer a bit more symmetry to a stadium — that’s just me. A pleasing ballpark is like a good-looking face, everything in proper proportion. Angel Stadium, meanwhile, is strong-side right.

Outdistancing such quibbles is the world-class customer service that owner Arte Moreno and staff insist on. And a family vibe that surpasses every other Southern California sports venue — no F-bombs exploding all around, no near-fights over beach balls. From a family standpoint, the Angels have it going, the lousy hot dogs notwithstanding. If you are going to serve me a lousy hot dog at a ballpark, just go ahead and poison me, for I will be that miserable.

The baseball itself? Mostly sublime. The Angels (46-37) boast more .300 hitters than the Gashouse Gang. Most nights they come ready to knock down Gibraltar with their ash and maple bats.

Some gripe that the Angels lack pizazz, but I don’t see that. Out on the main lawn, Torii Hunter does the work of two men. He’s nursing a groin pull now, but if he played on one leg and without a glove, he would still be better than half the center fielders in the game.

And Chone Figgins (sounds like English pudding, doesn’t it?) is as gutty a little infielder as the game has to offer.

Vladimir Guerrero? I am a major fan of oddball physical feats: Garo Yepremian throwing a football, Carlos Zambrano throwing a fit. So to watch Vladdy run the bases at this stage of his career brings me a beer-like joy.

The other night, he reminded me of those videos you see of a deer that wanders into a convenience store only to be trapped in the toiletries aisle, all legs and adrenaline. Let’s hope his bum wheel mends quickly.

"See that man run?" I tell my 6-year-old.


"Don’t ever run like that," I say.

Honestly, an Angels game contains all that is good about going to a ballpark. In person, there is more perspective, more nuance. You can appreciate the way the defense moves with each pitch. You can worry for the infielders at dusk, as they struggle with a monster pop-up against a cotton-candy sky.

Baseball isn’t a game; it’s way bigger than that.

And these Angels get it right.

Well, the worm has turned!!
I called WalMart today to check on my glasses.  Still not in yet!!  GRRRR!!  They told me MAYBE by 3 in the afternoon.  So I got myself all worked up and marched in to ask for my money back!  As luck would have it, they had just arrived. So I tried them out and they are perfect!!  Better than my old ones.  I can SEE!!!
But still wanting to vent at someone, I went to the AT&T store!  DARN IT!!!!!  The guy was the nicest person ever!!  He answered all of my questions, showed me what those 5 unknown buttons were for (turns out that 2 of them were NOT actually buttons!), and synced my old Bluetooth.  So today turned out very nicely but never got to yell at anyone!  And I won’t start now!
Alot of truth in this song tong tonight!  Tim McGraw
I wish you all beautiful weekends!!
Changing songs but not posting today.  Billy Currington!  GOOD one!
Oh, and by the way, my Angels just swept the Yankees in a 3 game series!!!!!!!  Light Up The Halo!!!!!
Hope you all had a Great weekend!!
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7 Responses to My Angels….. The Baseball Team!

  1. Beth says:

    You have a great weekend too!!

  2. Joe says:

    I’m sure glad you got your glasses at last…boy can I feel your pain with that! Have a great weekend too my friend, life is beautiful!

  3. ♥ Aimee says:

    i love my bluetooth…my hubby makes fun of me for using it…but it’s handy for when you have a baby!~*:.♥.:*~ because you shared a smile :o) someone’s day got brighter… ~*:.♥.:*~

  4. sweeti's says:

    hola hola hi hi for the Angelsthats why they are angels Boband now with ur glasses u can see my blog yessssssssss..joepieeeeeeeeeeehahacrazy guy u arei love reading ur blogs…alwaysMJoh btw enjoy the weekend and hope u have better weather than here in Cold rainy mid summer enjoying BelgiumMJ

  5. Twila says:

    Don’t you just hate when that happens?! All pent up ready to bite someone’s head off for something and suddenly, everything you had to b*tch about is now better than it was before. What a bummer! DANG IT!Oh well. Maybe next time. Glad you got your iPhone & glasses problems taken care of.

  6. Sue says:

    All that pent up energy is right! You can always go home and yell at the dogs…glad your glasses are great and your phone is still intact (that you haven’t thrown it again a wall or something) and working well. Just when you work up the nerve to get something done, things just fall into place. I think it’s God’s way of laughing…

  7. Greg says:

    Oh Bob…You took me back in time. You know I lived in Anaheim for a time and went to many Angles games. 1982…The year they won the American League West, 93 wins and what a battle they had to win the west from Kansas City who had 90 wins. Bob Boone, Rod Carew, Bobby Clark, Brian Downing, Freddie Lynne, Gary Pettis, and of coarse Reggie.My roomate was a big Dodger fan…So sometimes I would endure a game at Dodger Stadium and he would get mad when I would cheer for the Giants…Snicker.Enjoyed reading about Steph’s family visit to So Cal…You all be well out there…Greg

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