Baseball Games · The Majors

Dodgers vs. Angels

Here are some photos from a game we went to last year on June 20th, 2009. We love going to Angel Stadium (Gigi and I particularly like the Rally Monkey), especially when we get to see the Dodgers play there. The “Freeway Series” is always a fun rivalry. Angel Stadium will always be special to our family since our little Gigi went to her first baseball game there almost three years ago.

We used to live really close to Angel Stadium and would even ride our bikes there to catch a game. Here’s a parking tip… if you get there early enough there are a handful of free parking spots on Orangewood just east of the 57 freeway. Just walk under the freeway, over the bridge and there’s a gate where you can walk in to the stadium.

Here’s the photos from that game… a little reminiscing to get us thinking about the excitement of a new season.
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Ballpark Reviews · Baseball Games · Baseball Road Trippin' · The Majors

Baseball Road Trip: Game 4 in Detroit

The Motor City.  Motown.  Rock City.  Our fourth stop on our 13-game circuit was Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. We arrived at the stadium just as the gates opened and made our way to the Beer Hall where we had some dinner.  We each had our first ever beer at a baseball game and as good as they were, we will probably never have another one in the interest of saving eight bucks a pop.

Comerica Park was one of the most family-friendly parks that we have seen so far.  Chiquita even got a ball from one of the ushers – he told us that Curtis Granderson hit it out of the park in batting practice.  For baseball purists, the game was a great one.  Ervin Santan of the Angels and Justin Verlander of the Tigers kept the game scoreless for the first 8 innings.  The Angels pulled it off 2-1 and then we were treated to a Friday night fireworks show – which were launched from center field.

From Detroit we headed to Toronto (more on this game coming up) and then we are off for a couple days in Washington DC as we begin a stretch of 8 days/games in a row starting on Tuesday.

Here are the pictures from Detroit…

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Baseball Randomness

Tragedy in Orange County

By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the news and are as saddened as we are at the death of young rookie Nick Adenhart.

We simply want to express our heartfelt condolences to Adenhart’s family, friends and teammates. It’s times like these that we can only trust in knowing that God must have some plan to bring good out of this tragedy.

Here’s an article from the Angels website in case you didn’t catch all the details.

Amidst all the press coverage, I was surprised to see a softer side of a man that I didn’t have a lot of respect for before, the infamous agent, Scott Boras. The following quote was taken from the article linked to above, and I love how it points out how Adenhart’s last night was one of success and accomplishment.

Of all the sad, thoughtful and poignant sentiments that ensued, nothing spoke louder of Adenhart’s effect than the eyes of agent Scott Boras, which weren’t vacant but wet.

Looking completely distraught when his turn to speak came, Boras took several deep breaths before saying, “Nick’s parents, Jim and Janet, wanted me to convey to the entire Angels organization … ”

Then the tough-as-steel agent broke down, audibly sobbing before again collecting himself to say through quivering lips, “He was a great kid. His life goal was to be a big league baseball player. He’d summoned his father [on Tuesday], telling him ‘You better come [to Wednesday’s game]. Something special’s going to happen.'”

Something special did: Adenhart blanked the Oakland A’s for six innings of what turned out to be an Angels loss.

“After the game,” Boras said, “he was so elated. It was tremendous fun. A great moment for all of us, seeing a young man take a huge step.”

For a beautifully touching tribute, read this blog post by the best friend of one of the other victims who was in the car with Adenhart, Henry Pearson. As someone who has also lost a best friend in a tragic accident, I was especially touched by reading Matt’s post.

Baseball Memories · Spring Training

Spring Training Travels: 2007

Well, it looks like our March “Would You Rather” decision got made for us by the cold virus. We were hoping to make it to the WBC tonight, but it looks like David is a little too far under the weather. So, instead, I decided we’ll just psych ourselves up on our upcoming Spring Training trip which is this weekend, and in the meantime, reminisce about our past travels to see both the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League.

Two years ago, when I was very pregnant with Chiquita, we headed out to Arizona for a baseball version of the “babymoon.” We went to two games and only stayed one night but had a great time (besides the blown tire on the drive out there).

The Angels have a beautiful training center at the Tempe Diablo Stadium and we drove straight there to catch a game, from our home which was then in Orange County, CA. (We’re technically Dodgers fans but I like to consider the Angels as our American League team). We had awesome seats (for a very reasonable price) and enjoyed a good game against the Padres.

angels' tempe diablo stadium

We stayed in Downtown Phoenix, and walked around the Diamondbacks’ ballpark which we’ve yet to visit (hopefully this year!), and then the next day saw the Royals take on the Cubs at their field which they share with the Rangers in Surprise, AZ. The field is really nice but our “surprise” was the amount of traffic we had to go through to get into it. Again, the seats were good and so was the baseball.

Royals Spring Training

You can view our photo album here and stay tuned for some 2008 Spring Training nostalgia tomorrow.