I have a dream: to visit every major league stadium in the nation.
Over the past couple of years this has become more and more difficult due to moving franchises, brand new billion-dollar ballparks, etc. But the quest continues. Recently, I found myself visiting family in Los Angeles and I made a quick stop at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Angel Stadium has been home to the Angels since the 1966 season. Although the team has gone through a number of name changes over the years: Los Angeles Angels, California Angels, Anaheim Angels, and now Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), the stadium has held its ground. It’s located just a few blocks from Disneyland in a relaxed suburban area.
Originally designed to seat 43,000 fans, in the late 1970’s, Angel stadium underwent more reconstruction; this time to accommodate the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, and seating increased to 65,000. The Rams skipped town to move to St. Louis in 1995, and the stadium was tweaked once again, settling on 45,000 for baseball.
Over the years, although the stadium itself has gone by many names (Anaheim Stadium, Edison International Field of Anaheim, and now Angel Stadium of Anaheim) many fans call it “The Big A.” In addition to baseball and football, the stadium has played host over the years to music acts such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie. It’s the fourth-oldest active major league stadium and will host the 2010 MLB All Star Game.
Here are some of my impressions of my visit:More »
On Sunday morning, I arrived in Saint Louis for three days of All-Star festivities.
The Future's Game, consisting of the best minor leaguers in baseball, was slated to start at 1 p.m. An inning and a half had passed before an unexpected storm wiped the players off the field. Three hours later, the game resumed with the World team beating the USA, 7-5.
The Legends & Celebrities took center stage for a game of softball to finish the day. Participants included Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Ozzie Smith, as well as former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight. In the end, amid comedy and drama, the National League edged their American League counterparts, 10-8.
Monday was a bit more eventful. I covered a clinic held by Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. and interviewed him afterwards. The former Orioles star was incredibly insightful, talking about the state of baseball today. Later, I went to the player press conferences and got the chance to speak with stars ranging from Hanley Ramirez to Evan Longoria.
I ate a quick, late lunch, and then headed off to the Home Run Derby.More »
My favorite time of the year has finally arrived, the much anticipated 2009 MLB All-Star game.
Although the game itself is a highlight for me, I equally enjoy watching the Home Run Derby, held the night before the main event. I had the opportunity to attend the 2008 Home Run Derby in New York, and it was one of the most amazing displays of talent I have ever witnessed. After all, how can anything possibly compare to Josh Hamilton’s 28 home runs in the first round?More »
Kid Reporter Daniel Radov hopped onto the field at Busch Stadium during batting practice and got to see the 2009 All-Stars up close. Now he's using what he saw to help predict the outcome of the All-Star Game, including who will take home All-Star Game MVP!
The AL East has always been known as one of the toughest divisions in baseball. However, this year a new team has entered the race for the division title: the Toronto Blue Jays.
Four teams are within nine games of first place. The Blue Jays have had a great offense this season. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are currently tied for first place. As usual, both teams have several players who will be appearing in next week’s All-Star game. The Tampa Bay Rays are 4.5 games out.
The big question in the AL East is whether the Blue Jays can pull out a comeback, or if the defending AL champion Rays can win the division.More »