October 6, 2009 |
Talk about a slump. Eleven times Kendry Morales tried to leave his native Cuba. And 11 times he failed. Go 0 for 11 on the baseball field, and you might wind up sitting on the bench for a game. Go 0 for 11 in attempted defections, and you wind up sitting in a Cuban jail for 72 hours. Yet each time he was released, Morales went straight to the beach to try again. Months earlier, after a record-breaking season in the Cuban league, Morales had declared, "Baseball is my life."
June 15, 2009 |
Considering the way he has pitched there in 2009, Jered Weaver should consider making a plea for the All-Star game to be played at Angel Stadium a year early. Continuing his season-long mastery of opponents at home, Weaver pitched a five-hit shutout against the San Diego Padres on Sunday to lead the Angels to a 6-0 victory that completed a three-game sweep. Weaver's first career shutout was a 119-pitch effort that included some late efficiency.
July 13, 2010 |
Someone grab the smelling salts. For the first time since Bill Clinton was President, the National League finally won an All-Star game in front of a sellout 45,408 at Angel Stadium, giving the NL home-field advantage in the World Series for the first time since Major League Baseball began dangling that postseason carrot in 2003. A three-run double by Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann in the seventh inning was all the NL needed for a 3-1 win in a game otherwise was dominated by pitching, ending the longest dry spell of either league since the game's inception in 1933.
June 28, 2010 |
Vladimir Guerrero returns to the scene of his prime, wondering whether he will be vilified in the place where he created so many special memories. Guerrero, the American League's most valuable player in 2004, hit 173 home runs in six seasons with the Angels but now wears the blue (and occasionally red) of the rival Texas Rangers. "I don't know what the reaction will be when I'm back for the first time," Guerrero, speaking through an interpreter, told reporters in Texas on Sunday as the Rangers prepared for a series against the Angels that starts Tuesday in Anaheim.
June 22, 2010 |
Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier remained third among National League outfielders in voting for the All-Star game at Angel Stadium on July 13, Major League Baseball said Tuesday. Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers led the latest tally with 1,816,052 votes, followed by Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves with 1,786,786 votes. Ethier was third with 1,723,266 in his bid to make his first All-Star game, trailing Braun by 92,786 votes and Heyward by 63,520. Ethier also was ahead of fourth-place Jayson Werth of the Philadelphia Phillies by 377,468 votes.
June 26, 2010 |
Mike Scioscia said the new rule that could prevent Jered Weaver from pitching in the All-Star game arose from concerns of repeating what happened eight years ago, when the National League and American League teams ran out of pitchers and the game was declared a tie after the 11th inning. "If you pick how many pitchers on a roster and all of a sudden six of them have thrown Sunday and you're trying to hopefully have 14, 15, 16 innings of pitching just in case, what happened in Milwaukee in '02 would happen again, that's tough to do," the Angels' manager said.
May 17, 2010 |
Reporting from Arlington, Texas -- Vladimir Guerrero could be coming back to Anaheim to play for the home team. The Texas designated hitter ranks among the American League leaders in batting average (.340), hits (49) and runs batted in (31), potentially putting him on track for selection to the All-Star game July 13 at Angel Stadium. "I played six years there," Guerrero said through an interpreter Monday, "so it would be a nice place to play." Guerrero was wearing red again in his first regular-season game against the Angels since he signed a one-year, $6.5-million deal with Texas, if only because the Rangers occasionally dress in that color at home.
April 6, 2012 |
Two hours before its season debut Friday, Angel Stadium was overcome with a red-hot buzz, folks dressed in bright jerseys and dazzling hopes filling the lots and crowding the gates, when one hip dude in a red polo shirt and new goatee rushed past everyone and scurried down to the batting cage. It was Arte Moreno, and on opening day, he was going to get his 240 million dollars' worth. "I told my wife we had to get here early," Moreno said with a grin. "I didn't want to miss batting practice.
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July 12, 2010 |
During the seventh inning of Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star Game, some 45,000 fans at Angel Stadium will stand, stretch and sing a few lines of a 102-year-old song written by a man few of them, if any, could name. Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd… And then they will sit down not knowing that Jack Norworth, the vaudeville songwriter who in 1908 penned the lyrics to what now amounts to the national anthem of baseball, is buried nearby at Melrose Abbey Memorial Park in Anaheim.
July 11, 2010 |
Baseball's home run derby will be held Monday in front of a nearly full Angel Stadium and a national television audience approaching 10 million. But it got its start more than half a century ago at a nearly empty Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, a ballpark that used to be located near the intersection of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard. There, greats of another era — Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and others — squared off in a made-only-for-television competition, the original "Home Run Derby."