The kids are a year older, and with some more fresh faces from the minors and Bo Jackson from Chicago, they hope to contend in the revamped American League West. Only two players--Mark Langston and Gary DiSarcina--who were in the Angel opening day lineup in 1992 are expected to be there Tuesday.
How to Get There, Seating, Tickets and Tidbits
Home park: Anaheim Stadium
Location: 2000 State College Blvd., Anaheim, 92803
Phone number: (714) 634-2000
Seating capacity: 64,593
1993 attendance: 2,057,460
1993 average per date: 25,400
1993 largest crowd: 60,326 (Sept. 17 vs. Texas Rangers)
Record crowd, regular season: 63,132 (July 4, 1983 vs. Kansas City Royals)
Parking and hours: Parking lots open two hours before game time ($5). Stadium gates open 90 minutes before game.
Advance ticket purchases: Gate No. 1; Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Advance ticket windows on field level behind home plate are open during game. Fax request for order form to (714) 937-7246. There is a $4 service charge. Discover, VISA, MasterCard accepted.
Telephone ticket orders: Ticketmaster: (714) 663-9000 or (213) 480-3232; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday. MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover. Tickets ordered 10 days before a game will be mailed. Late orders can be picked up at Will Call window at Gate 1. Ticketmaster outlets also available at Tower Records, Music Plus and Robinson's/May (cash only or Robinson's/May credit card).
Mail order: Must be received at least seven days before the game. Add $4 per order for postage and handling. VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Mail to Angels Tickets, P.O. Box 2000, Anaheim, 92803. View Pavilion: $5 Club Pavilion: $5 Terrace Pavilion: $5 Field Pavilion: $5 Lower View: $8 Terrace Box: $9 Club Box: $11 Field Box: $11
Handicapped seating: Wheelchair areas are available on the Terrace level. To order call (714) 634-2000 or inquire at Gate 1 at the stadium.
Smoking policy: City ordinance prohibits smoking in seating areas. Smoking permitted in the concourse areas only.
Angel giveaways: 4/17-Magnetic calendar; 4/30-Baseball cap; 5/7-Umbrella; 5/21-Wiffle bat and ball*; 6/11-Car shade; 7/16-Calculator; 7/22-Baseball helmet; 7/24-Dean Chance commemorative pin; 8/6-Sports bag; 8/27-Bike bag; 9/10-Notebook
Local television and radio: KTLA (Ch. 5) will televise 44 road games and 6 home games. KTLA, which also televises the Dodgers, will show one team or the other nearly every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the season (112 total games). Listen to all Angel games on KMPC 710 AM.
Seating Shuffle: The Angels restructured the seating prices this season. Instead of having center field and general admission tickets, the entire outfield section is now called Pavilion seating; prices for these tickets are $5. Another pricing change occurred in the View section. The very top row of seats, now called Upper View, will sell for $7; the next section below the walkway, Lower View, will sell for $8. In addition, there are no longer children's tickets. But kids under 2 are free.
No Can Do Two: There'll be no freeway doubleheaders this year. The only date when both the Angels and Dodgers are both at home is April 27, and unless there is a schedule change, both games will begin at 7:35. Cable hookup: Prime Ticket will broadcast 22 Angel games throughout the season.
Opening Day Order ('93 averages) 1. Chad Curtis, CF .285 2. Damion Easley, 3B .313 3. Tim Salmon, RF .283 4. Chili Davis, DH .243 5. Eduardo Perez, 1B .250 6. Dwight Smith, LF .300 7. Greg Myers, C .255 8. Harold Reynolds, 2B .252 9. Gary DiSarcina, SS .238
Most prominent will be Bo Jackson, the charismatic former Raider, who has defied experts by playing major league baseball with an artificial hip.
Bo Jackson / DH-OF 1993 with Chicago White Sox:
AVG. HRs RBIs .232 16 45
Most gifted all-around athlete of his era?
Dwight Smith / OF 1993 with Chicago Cubs:
AVG. HRs RBIs .300 11 35
Free-agent acquisition adds depth, good bat.
Despite a 71-91 record last year, Buck Rodgers returns for his fourth season. He took the team over in August, 1991.
Buck Rodgers / Manager Record as a major league manager
WON LOST PCT. 748 732 .505
On a Good Day
If you want to maximize your chances of seeing the Angels win, maybe you should plan to head over to the Big A on a Wednesday or a Saturday. Since the franchise saddled up in 1961, Wednesdays (404-400, .502) and Saturdays (427-417, .506) are the two days of the week on which the Angels have a cumulative winning record. Worst day: Thursdays, (243-289, .457). Mondays: .488 Tuesdays: .476 Wednesdays: .502 Thursdays: .457 Fridays: .476 Saturdays: .506 Sundays: .472
The Angels have drawn more than 2 million fans to the Big A for 12 consecutive seasons. But since 1989, when they attracted 2.6 million, attendance has slipped each year. Last season's 2,057,460 total was the lowest since strike-shortened 1981. '89: 2,647,291 '93: 2,057,460