Last week, I attended a conference in Los Angeles, and I was very excited because I thought it might allow me to visit Dodger Stadium. As it turned out, the Dodgers were out of town during my stay, but the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim opened their home schedule during the week. So I made my first trek to Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The game was slated for a 7:05 p.m. start, but my friend and I attended a taping of the Conan O’Brien Show that afternoon. We also had to pick up two more people at a hotel in downtown and endured rush hour traffic, so we did not arrive at the stadium until almost eight o’clock with the game in the 3rd inning. The pictures outside the stadium are a bit blurry, and I could not get a quality photograph of the “Big A” because the sun was almost down when we arrived at the stadium.
While I could not get a good photo of the “Big A,” I did at least get a picture of the oversized hats outside the entrance.
With seats along the third base line, I had a great view of the scoreboard in right field and the California Spectacular batter’s eye in center field.
Due to my late arrival I did not get to explore the stadium as I usually would during a game, but I did manage to capture a few photos of the game.
Although I clearly missed the first pitch of the game, I walked around to an opening behind home plate and captured an overview of the stadium.
Due to arriving late for the game and the sellout crowd, I did not get to explore the stadium in search of unique food items. Instead I opted for the banal Angel Dog, and waited almost 10 minutes for the hot dog. The service was amongst some of the slowest I have ever endured at a ballpark, but fans in front of me in the line assured that they had received much quicker service during sold-out games. So I’m not sure what caused the delays during the third game of the season, but I was certainly frustrated by the inferior service.
The food was OK, but not spectacular. The most entertaining part of the experience was listening to Angel fans complaining about the team’s poor performance and watching many of them leave in the 7th inning. It made me laugh because slugger Josh Hamilton, who signed with the team during the offseason, complained about fans in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex as not being true baseball fans. So I wonder how he’d feel about the crowd flooding out of the stadium barely a week into the season. I hoped for a better experience at the ballpark, but left unimpressed and hoping for something more.
Maybe when I visit Southern California again I can arrive before the 3rd inning and explore more of the stadium, and hopefully leave the ballpark with a better feeling than I did last week.
Final: Oakland 8, L.A. Angels 1