It’s been almost 7 years since I posted a blog post here. A lot has happened in that time in both my personal life and with the Angels. I can’t believe my last post was before the 2010 All-Star game and surrounding events occurred in Anaheim!
On the subject of All-Star Games, I just attended the NHL All-Star Game and events a week and a half ago with my son at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. I also was able to take him to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game and all of the events in San Diego.
I’m not sure why I stopped posting so long ago but I’m hoping to get back on regularly. There are so many moments I could have and should have posted about during my 7 year hiatus. My last post occurred just before I started working at my current company. A few of the things I should have covered:
Attended Mike Trout’s MLB Debut on July 8, 2011
Hung out for a bit with Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos at Paul’s Cocktails in the City of Orange. My friend Mike owns the bar and told me to make sure they had a good time. I let Mark take a bottle of Patron. I got some grief about that one!
My son and his Little League Team were State Champions in the 2012 season. They were honored on the field at Angel Stadium and presented with a plaque by Kole Calhoun.
The excitement of the Albert Pujols signing in 2012. I was right about the season being fun but it was because of Mike Trout putting it all together that year. He became the second Angels player to win a rookie of the year award. The first being another player with a fishy name, Tim Salmon. I think we need to get a rookie with Bass as his last name next!
In 2014, the Angels finally made it back to the postseason. I was featured in an AP photo and in one shot by Kevin Sullivan for the OC Register (showing David Freese spraying us with champagne).
Sadly their postseason run was a sweep by the red hot Royals. I was afraid of them after their comeback win in the one game playoff vs the A’s. Both games in Anaheim went to extra innings but the offense was held down. Mike Trout didn’t have a hit until the third game when he hit a home run in his first at bat. That would be his only hit of the season.
In November of 2014, I had met Albert Pujols for a second time. I had him sign a game winning hit of his from Dodger Stadium when he drove in Mike Trout with a hit off Kenley Jansen in the 9th inning on June 11, 2012 as the Angels beat the Dodgers 3-2. The ball has a Dodger Stadium 50th anniversary logo and I lucked out and found it in a $10 bucket of clearance baseballs. My friend Aaron Jacoby shot the images below:
In summer 2016, we stayed at the Grand Hyatt in San Diego during All-Star Week and the players actually stayed at the same hotel as us. The Red Carpet Parade to the stadium for the All-Star Game originated at our hotel. During the parade, Mike Trout and his family threw out baseballs to the fans. I was lucky enough to get one and it was signed by Mike Trout. What a cool and classy thing to do. The best player in baseball on and off the field!
I’m sure I’m missing a lot of other events but I’ll call it a post with this last link. The image at the top of the post was shot by Kevin Sullivan for the OC Register. They published a Fan Friday feature on me in 2016. You can view the post here.
Today I was able to attend a luncheon at the O.C. Register with Tim Salmon. Tim hosts a luncheon for the sponsors of his golf tournament and the directors of the charities that are involved. The O.C. Register is one of the sponsors and hosted the event. They had a table for Register Insiders. Tim spoke, held a Q&A, and then signed autographs/posed for photos. Below is a photo of Tim and I at the event.
Tim provided us all signed copies of his new book “Always an Angel: Playing the Game with Fire and Faith”. He spoke about what he has been up to lately. He’s been coaching his kids in sports and he went back to college to finish up his degree. He also discussed the process of writing the book. The version of the book that we received is the revised version. He wasn’t happy with the initial release. He said there were too many typographical errors that were missed in the editing process.
Tim said that he will finally be playing in his first all-star game this year. He’ll be participating in the Celebrity Softball game during the All-Star festivities at Angel Stadium. He said he is quite nervous because he participated in the Pepsi Softball Charity game held during the offseason years back. It was quite difficult for him to wait on the ball and according to him it was like the cartoons where they swing 3 times and they’re out before the ball even gets there. That being said he is still looking forward to the event.
I asked him if he found it odd to see Garret Anderson in a Dodgers uniform. He said last year is when it was really odd to see Garret in another teams uniform for the first time. He said that it was a very interesting offseason and that a lot of the older players couldn’t really make the money they were seeking. Garret was looking to play full-time still or he may have been able to land the same role he did as an Angel instead of being a Dodger.
It was a great event and I got several things signed for my collection. At least the Salmon event was something positive going on that was Angels related today as the Halos themselves lost their seventh consecutive game. Hopefully things turn around quickly or the only thing we’ll have to look forward to in Anaheim this year is the All-Star Game.
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.
I received a copy of the 2010 Angels Promotional Schedule already. There are some great promotions for the upcoming season. Some of the more interesting include a couple of bobblehead nights (Aybar, Saunders, and a Kids Angels Snoopy bobblehead), a Torii Hunter Gold Glove figurine, an Angels garden gnome, an Angels candy jar, an all-star banner, and an Angels fedora. The kids get some pretty interesting giveaways that are strictly for kids including a pool raft, a Rally Monkey soap dispenser, an Angels pillow case, a camouflage hat, and an all-star jersey.
I created a PDF of the promotional schedule and it also include the 2010 season schedule for the Angels on page 2. Click here to download it.