This will be a shorter entry, I think, as I am tired and have another game to go to tomorrow. I’ll just get this out of the way. I DID NOT snag a baseball tonight at the game. I know, I know, tears and heartache. You know what? I still had a great time! First off, I got to attend this game with my fiancee, Michelle. This was the last game we’d get to see together until next season… school’s starting up soon (we’re both grad students at UC Irvine). Secondly, I got an autograph. Not from a player, but from a pretty important figure in the Angels organization. Third, the Angels won in dramatic fashion. Fourth, there were fireworks! Woo!
At 5:05 we were all off to the races. It was a strangely cloudy afternoon and pretty humid for SoCal. Plus, there were two lefties as the starting pitchers (I didn’t know that before the game, I should’ve checked). So, while Ichiro hit bombs into right, like always, not much else came to the right field seats. It was a day of close calls. I almost caught this and that. A lot of the players had coverups on. While I could recognize the Angels easily, I couldn’t really identify many of the Mariners. I got a big zero for BP. Sad day. Oh, well. I headed down to the third base line, then the dugout, trying to get a player to toss one. Just as Yuniesky Betancourt and Bryan LaHair finished playing catch, an usher asked me to “return to my seat.” Bummer… another close call. Betancourt threw the ball right where I’d been. It would’ve been cool to get two in two days from him. I snapped this picture, though, right before the national anthem:
The game was tight and ended up being tied 3-3 in the ninth. No chance for K-Rod to get a save… a few people left, but not many, as there were fireworks after the game. The good news: Mike Napoli crushed a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to win it! The bad news… no extra innings (aka FREE BASEBALL). The Angels celebrated on the field and then headed in before the postgame festivities.
Michelle and I moved closer to the Angels dugout to get a better view of the Big Bang Friday fireworks. They were great! Who doesn’t love a free fireworks show? A cool end to a cool (and relatively chilly) night in Anaheim.
In case you couldn’t guess… the autograph was from Arte Moreno, owner of the Angels.