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Angels to fan: Take that paper bag off your head!

June 05, 2013|By Bill Shaikin
  • Angels fan Henry Bouldin, right, couldn't bear to watch his team play baseball so he wore paper bag over his head, which stadium security made him remove.
Angels fan Henry Bouldin, right, couldn't bear to watch his team play… (Henry Bouldin )

Henry Bouldin could not bear to watch the Angels, not after the team got swept by the lowly Houston Astros.

So, as he sat behind home plate for Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, Bouldin wore a paper bag over his head.

Until the seventh inning, that is, when the Angels ordered him to take it off.

“Security just showed up out of nowhere,” Bouldin said Wednesday. “They said you can’t wear anything over your head.”

That indeed is the Angels’ policy, team spokesmam Tim Mead said. During last week’s series against the Dodgers, Mead said security officials asked a fan dressed in a monkey suit to remove his monkey mask.

Bouldin said he had worn the paper bag on and off during the game and suspected the Angels might have acted only after he -- and the bag -- had appeared on television.

Mead said the Angels spotted the bag on stadium security cameras and would have asked Bouldin to remove the bag even if he were not sitting within range of television cameras. For safety’s sake, Mead said, the Angels want to be able to make a facial identification of any fan if necessary.

Bouldin referenced the Angels’ payroll when he wrote on the bag: “$127 million + all I got was this bag. Go Angels?” But Mead said that was not why the Angels demanded he remove the bag.

“If it had said, ‘Go Angels,’ it would have been the same thing,” Mead said.

The Angels (26-33) entered play Wednesday 10 games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West. Bouldin, 24, said he has been an Angels fan “for as long as I can remember” and paid $137 for his fourth-row ticket Tuesday, when he wore the bag.

“I had been thinking about it for a while,” Bouldin said. “It took getting swept at home by the Astros to put ‘em on.”

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