Good Drive, Food and Game

Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2011

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Where I stayed
Holiday Inn Express - San Diego Airport

Flag of United States  , CA
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Slept in. Didn't get up till 9:00 and then piddled around until I left at 10:00...thought traffic might not be too bad at that time. I was right. Headed up the I-5 to Anaheim. Made the trip in about 90 minutes. A few minor slow downs, but generally good. Headed for a restaurant called Knollwood in Anaheim. They are known for having "The World's Best Hamburgers" since 1957. Very good burger. World's best? I don't know. But it was good.

I then did something I've not done before; I went to the ballpark and bought a ticket early. I usually wait until two hours before game time, but I had some time to kill and decided I would buy it early. A $53 ticket got me between second base and right field about 20 rows up. Good seat, but not as good as last night.

Then I headed to a local pub called "Throwbacks." Nice local place where I could finish the blog from the San Diego game and send it out.

Headed to the ballpark at about 5:30 when the gates opened. Parking was very close for only $10. The ballpark is very distinctive for a couple of reasons; they have two large Angels' hats out front and a 230 foot tall "A" with a halo on it on the top of the park. If the Angels win, they light up the halo.

Older park. Built in the 1960s and both the Angels and the former LA Rams (now the St. Louis Rams) used it for many years. They remodeled it in the late 1990's making it for baseball only. But it still has somewhat of a "stadium" feel to it. Beautiful area out in center field similar to "the Rock Pile" in Coors Field in Colorado, including a nice waterfall. Nice helpful ushers. Not may favorite, but a nice stadium converted to a modern day ballpark.

I got two programs for me and one for my friend Fred Scioscia, who is the brother of the Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Fred is a retired State Farmer and a golfing buddy. I'll also give him what they were giving out...50th Anniversary of Angels Baseball Mug.

The game was pretty much out of reach from the get-go. The Texas Rangers scored two in the first and three in the third and never looked back. It was 7-1 in the bottom of the 9th when the Angels started a rally. I had forgotten that they have a special "rally mascot"...The Rally Monkey. Great videos of The Rally Monkey and many people had their own rally monkey stuffed animals...very funny and very clever. And the A's rallied for 2 in the ninth, but the Rangers prevailed, 7-3. Unfortunately, I am now 13-10 for the home team...need at least two more wins to finish above .500.

Family next to me had a one month old baby at the game...are you kidding me? We at least waited until Bryan was 3 months old!!! LOL! And the couple on the other side of me were delightful. Extremely nice people...Gary and Laurie were visiting from Canada. They have three boys. We had some great conversations about family, politics, the economy and much more during the game. They made the night even more enjoyable.

As I was leaving the park, I saw a little boy with him family, and knew the ball needed to go to him. All decked out in his Angels hat, shirt and had his glove...I asked if he got a ball tonight..."No." "Here's one for you partner." Even heard some "aww's" from people nearby...and the family was very happy. Love making those little kids happy!

Need to drive back and hit the hay...early flight to Oakland tomorrow for an afternoon matinee.

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