September 20, 1996 |
Soon after the Angels conclude their final homestand of the 1996 season next week, the demolition crews will move in. Where outfield seats now stand largely empty, a testament to yet another disappointing baseball season, workers in hard hats will begin Anaheim Stadium's $100-million metamorphosis. In a little more than 18 months, the Angels expect to have a 45,000-seat, baseball-only stadium--plans for which have been altered significantly since they were unveiled in May.
August 16, 2003
My wife and I are 43-year Angel fans and 10-year season-ticket holders. You can call the 2002 Angel season a fluke, a miracle or pure luck but it doesn't change things. It was a wonderful, magical once-in-a-lifetime experience. We saw every home game, every playoff and World Series game. Our house is filled with 2002 Angel pictures, DVDs, books, autographs, baseballs, pins, posters and collages. The 2002 season is euphoric to relive! And guess what? Red Sox and White Sox fans would give anything for a 2002 Angel season.
November 13, 2004
Even after 43 years as Angel fans, with the last 12 years as season-ticket holders, my wife and I would rather drive 90 miles south to San Diego Padre games than gag as the Big A public address announcer blares out, "Here come your Los Angeles Angels" as the team takes the field. Jerry Mazenko Garden Grove If Arte Moreno persists in his attempts to rename the Angels, his honeymoon period of ownership will come to a screeching halt. Such feel-good measures as lowering beer prices and spending big bucks for free agents will be long forgotten by the Orange County fan base that has stuck with the team through all of the lean years, those who are likely to think twice about flocking to the stadium to see the "Los Angeles Angels" play.
December 2, 1989
Mark Langston's signing was cheered by fans, but even they pondered the economic implications. "As long as (Yankee owner George) Steinbrenner says he'll top anybody's deal, these guys are going to keep getting it," said Hal Hammonds, who tends bar at The Catch Restaurant across the street from Anaheim Stadium. "The spiral can't keep going up because pretty soon we can't afford to go to ballgames," said Hammonds, who attended 40 games last season. "Only the ultra-rich will be able to afford it."
October 19, 1985
Mike Port should be concentrating on getting players (young players) for next season who want to play aggressive, fired up, fundamental baseball, rather than keeping inconsistent, unenthusiastic, dead players. The swing-at-the-first-pitch team just seems to want to get the game over quick and go home. Every year we Angel fans go see them play and cheer, root and support them in hopes that they will make it to the championship, but it's the same old dull story. DAVID CASTILLO Monrovia
March 31, 2001
How exciting to contemplate the coming baseball season with its unbalanced schedule. Angel fans now get to see more of crowd pleasers Seattle, Oakland and Texas and less of the dull Yankees, Red Sox and Indians. Just think, we might miss Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens completely and will see a lot less of Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken, Manny Ramirez and Juan Gonzalez. Brilliant, Bud! JERRY MAZENKO Garden Grove Apparently the Angels are trying to corner the market on weak-hitting middle infielders, with the trades of good arms for Wilmy Caceres and Jose Nieves.