Tagged: Brian Downing

Let the Games Begin

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.