BY NICHOLE CHOICE
NICHOLE CHOICE, WHO SO ENTHUSIASTICALLY EXPRESSED HER VIEW ON THE ANAHEIM DUCKS AND THEIR STANLEY CUP RUN ON THIS SITE, RECENTLY WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE 57 FREEWAY TO CHECK OUT A PLACE THAT, ALONG WITH DISNEYLAND, PUT ORANGE COUNTY ON THE MAP:
ANGELS STADIUM, ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS ANAHEIM STADIUM, LATER AS EDISON INTERNATIONAL FIELD OF ANAHEIM, AND LONG CALLED “THE BIG A” BY FANS, WHICH HAS SERVED AS THE HOME OF THE ANGELS SINCE 1966.
HERE’S HER REPORT FROM A RECENT GAME SHE ATTENDED…
What a game!
Where to begin?
Epic, comeback kid times!
Third time’s a charm!
It began as a quiet game…somewhat.
On this particular episode of “My Day at Angels Stadium of Anaheim”, we arrived at the stadium on easy street amid fine temperatures, and well in time to catch the first swing.
We took the Metrolink. Trust me, it’s the way to go. You get to cruise through the ultra hip and futuristic Anaheim Regional Intermodal Center to jump on a bus to travel just a few feet to the doorsteps of the stadium.
As is commonly known, the Honda Center, home to the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, is within sight of Angels Stadium. We’ll be up there a little later this year, trust! But for now, know that the Angels Stadium of Anaheim is practically a pivot away from the Intermodal Center, which is an awesome pulse point for spectator sports when it comes to the best of the best in championship Orange County sports!
So regarding the culminating game in the three-game series between the Angels and the Baltimore Orioles…
Man, the crowd was sparse that lazy Sunday SoCal morning!
Could it be in part because the Orioles kicked some Angelic butt the day before? Perhaps. But was that loss to be repeated? Not a chance!
But it was hard to tell early on, and the omens were somewhat ominous during the first inning…hence the low energy in the crowd during the game’s early stages.
But fortunately, that will all change.
First Angels batter in the bottom of the first? He struck out…bummer.
Second batter up: Looked like he hit it out of the park, but it appeared to perhaps bounce off the wall.
So now the partially filled ballpark is on eggshells for a decision which ultimately…ruled in favor of the Angels! The entire atmosphere of the stadium shifted with hope! The energy definitely picked up in that bottom of the first among the Angels fans despite being down by two runs.
An iconic symbol of Angels Stadium, “The Big A”, which served as the left field scoreboard from 1966-1978 and now graces the stadium’s parking lot
Dare I say the heavens parted and graced our Halos?
Mind you, I need to reiterate that the Angels’ enthusiasts were coming off a loss the day before against these Orioles, their fans taking over the National Anthem for a moment, as per tradition, while being performed by Lorelei Sinco with their customary “O!” chant at the appropriate lyric of the some in perfect unison.
Needless to say, the Orioles fans made their presence felt, in our case via a couple with apparent compelling interests who sat near us, yet we all co-existed in a peacefully lazy morning Sunday reverie as we rolled on into the afternoon.
So by the bottom of the fourth inning, those Orioles seemed shaken, as if they did not expect their opponents to stand up and perform in such uniformed fashion as Angels Stadium began to slowly filter toward capacity on this perfect late summer day full of sights, sounds, and salivating savory food smells.
So by the time we got to the bottom of the fifth inning, when Baltimore hadn’t scored since the first inning, the Angelic fan spirit was boiling over!
I’m quite glad to say we had a blast, and I’m here to answer your most urgent questions, should you be planning a visit to this stadium before this on fire baseball season comes to an end, or what you can look forward to in subsequent seasons!
Let me try to cover what I suspect may be your FAQs, starting with – quite importantly…
Yeah, you can practically smell the scrumptiousness from the Anaheim Regional Intermodal Center nearabouts. And the good news about this day? No atrocious long and winding lines at the concession stands! Whoo-hoo!
We enjoyed amazing margaritas. Sure, they were kind of high-priced, typical of “what do you expect from a stadium” prices, but worth it!
The place labeled “Captain Morgan” by the pictures of the Angels’ retired numbers of legends like Nolan Ryan and Rod Carew, located beyond left field?
Delicious! And we got cool Angels souvenir cups to take home with us, as shown here:
Photo courtesy of Jason Hardin
And let the record state, the drinks were not watered down at all!
We stopped by The Catch, a sports bar and grill just outside of the venue on Katella Ave., and the food is scrumptious! Inside the venue, consensus is the Angels wings are divine, so don’t sleep!
BEST PLACES TO SIT
There’s definitely plenty of shade – the good kind, that is.
There were also plenty of sun worshippers who threw caution to the wind and basked!
Either way, there’s something for everyone, plenty of awnings for Vitamin D shelter, and it was our fine luck to be there on a day when conditions were pleasant, around 76 degrees. We knew we had the option to purchase tickets online at Angels.mlb.com, but we opted to leave matters to chance and boldly approach the ticket box office.
Which brings us to the incredibleness known as:
THE USHERS, THE STAFF, THE FRIENDLINESS; OH MY!
Literally, everyone beams at you. We were greeted with such enthusiasm, I felt like I had met these people before and were good old acquaintances. Many seniors. Super cool vibe.
Super beautiful day! Here are a few more FAQ’s I hope I can address for you…
Yes, we were approached by an individual with an offer to buy tickets from him – at face value, therefore not scalping and by no means was the gentleman belligerent nor aggressive. Awesome!
Long folks, tall folks, worry not, because the seats are comfy, the layout is spacious, and you won’t feel crammed in like a sardine, so get ready to relax beneath the California rays!
BUT, BACK TO THE GAME…
Though it took extra innings to do so, the Angels were victorious; a perfect end to a perfect day.
As SoCal Sports Annals Founder Derek Hart noted on the site’s Facebook page – you can check it out here: SoCal Sports Annals’ Facebook Page – it was David Murphy’s 11th inning single and his “4 RBIs” that allowed the Angels to take “two of three” in a series “from (the) Orioles” last weekend!
The hero of Nichole’s Angel sojourn, David Murphy (#19), being congratulated after his game-winning hit