Well the season began a week ago today. It was quite a thrilling start. I was on the field to hold the flag for the National Anthem with my wife and several friends. We were holding the flag closest to the infield near the center of the flag. The flyover flew directly above us and was quite breathtaking.
The game itself proved to be a great one as well. The team looked great and Matsui was a hit. He even had a group of fans holding up signs in right field that spelled “Matsuiland”.
Below is an image my son snapped of Matsui hitting his home run on Opening Day.
We had great seats and a great time at Opening Day. Below is a photo of us in our seats.
Unfortunately there weren’t many other victories on the homestand. We were part of the Angels’ Guiness World Record for largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets. I was also at the only other victory on the seven game homestand. It was an exciting walkoff by Matsui against the A’s but it shouldn’t have needed to be won in that fashion. Our bullpen has looked quite shaky after a great initial start. So the Angels start the season 2-5 and next play three in New York.
If it weren’t already bad enough that the Angels will travel the most miles of any team in the majors, they also have to witness the Yankees championship ring ceremony. I think the schedule makers were a bit cruel to our beloved Halos.
On a more positive note, my wife won one of five All-Star Fan Fest Golden Tickets that were hidden in 5 different locations on April 9th. They have posted video at http://www.allstargame.com. Click here for a direct link. Here is what she won with the Golden Ticket:
- 4 tickets to all 5 days of All-Star FanFest, which will be held from July 9, 2010 to July 13, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California
- Vouchers for 20 Holiday Inn Priority Passes, each of which enables the holder to proceed to the front of the line of certain FanFest attractions.
- Vouchers that can be redeemed at FanFest for four (4) hot dogs and four (4) twelve ounce soft drinks.
- A voucher that can be exchanged at the 2010 FanFest for a baseball autographed by Torii Hunter.
My wife called me home from work today because our game room was flooded with water. The second of three storms came through today and it was quite powerful. Tornado warnings were even issued which is a rarity in this area. I got off of the freeway and drove until I had to stop at a stoplight. I looked to my left and there was a full rainbow above the Big A. I grabbed my iPhone and took a quick snap. Below is the photo:
Tomorrow is opening day at Angel Stadium. I’m taking the day off work and will actually be watching the Ducks practice at the Honda Center in the morning and then make my way over to the Stadium. I am going to be holding the flag on the field during the National Anthem. It is always an honor to be a part of that.
Last night I attended the Padres-Angels preseason game. It was a good game but Brian Fuentes isn’t looking too spectacular. Angel fans have come to expect a lot out of their closer. We’ve been spoiled with Troy Percival and Francisco Rodriguez. Fuentes had pretty bad spring numbers and last night was the first time I’ve seen him pitch as an Angel in person.
Before the game I went to the stadium to see if I could get a couple of autographs from some 2002 World Series Champion members. I got Bud Black to sign his game-used 2003 ANAHEIM road jersey and David Eckstein signed his game-used Angels helmet and a game-used Anaheim Angels bat of his. I gave my iPhone to a guy to take a pic of Eckstein with me and the guy pushed the wrong button!
It was great to be back at the ballpark and I can’t wait for the season to begin. I’ll be at Angels games Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Thursday should be quite special with the Halos inducting Brian Downing and Chuck Finley into the Angels Hall of Fame.
The Angels hosted Rally Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Monday night. Some of the highlights included the Navy Leapfrog team, Smashmouth performing, and appearances by current and former Angels. Check out some of my photos below: