May 26, 2012 |
Seeing red? Not so much Albert Pujols did not hit a home run until May 6. Yet, he was tied for the Angels' team lead in home runs entering play Saturday, with six homers in his last 11 games. Now that Pujols is back, will the fans follow? The most startling statistic in baseball: The Angels' attendance is down 14% this season, the largest drop in the major leagues. The Angels sold more than 5,000 season tickets after they signed Pujols, and all those tickets count in the attendance figures.
December 8, 2011 |
The Rally Monkey has become King Kong. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Southern California's cute little boutique baseball team, blew open the cozy walls Thursday with $331.5 million in improvements that could change the local sports landscape forever. Now starting at first base for the Angels, Albert Pujols, perhaps baseball's best player, a three-time most valuable player signed as a free agent from the St. Louis Cardinals for $254 million over 10 years. Now in the starting pitching rotation for the Angels, C.J. Wilson, one of baseball's best left-handers, signed as a free agent from the Texas Rangers for $77.5 million over five years.
March 11, 2007 |
Arte Moreno got a powerful endorsement Saturday, when Commissioner Bud Selig said he supported the Angels' owner in his insistence that center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. publicly address allegations that he ordered a shipment of human growth hormone. "Arte and I are absolutely on the same page on this issue," Selig said. "There isn't a scintilla of difference between Arte Moreno's position and mine. To say it as bluntly as I can say it, he's stating my position."
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May 28, 2003 |
Here's a description you don't hear very often: billionaire good guy. Oh, there are billionaires (476 this year, according to Forbes magazine). And there are good guys (precise count unavailable). Put the two together, though, and I suspect you've got a decidedly smaller number. Maybe that's why Arte Moreno, the Angels' new owner, made such a splash last week in Anaheim when he came bearing sombreros.
July 18, 2004 |
It is no longer just a walk in the park for Arte Moreno. Oh, the Angel owner still takes a nightly stroll around Angel Stadium, but the fans are now talking a different kind of talk. "They've always stopped me to say hello and kind of grade me on different things," Moreno said last week. "Some like this, others don't like that. "Now they're unanimous. They all want us to get Randy Johnson, and I'm getting blistered."
October 6, 2010 |
The tone was strange. The words were foreign. The call to action was almost unrecognizable. Did I really just hear what I thought I heard? Did the owner of an underachieving Los Angeles major league baseball team just tell me that he was angry, disappointed, and would spend whatever it took to return his team to the playoffs? "Yes," Arte Moreno said Tuesday. "That's how I feel. That's what I'll do. " At that point in the phone conversation, I was so disoriented, I fanned myself with a large wad of Dodger divorce papers, wiped my brow with Dodger Stadium rent checks, and briefly rested my head upon a padded Dodger Dream Foundation salary.
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November 19, 2004 |
As unofficial and unpaid advisor to the city of Anaheim, I respectfully submit: It's over. Angels owner Arte Moreno, former hero and once the most popular man in all 34 of our towns, is now a villain. He's wearing the goat horns in ways that Mo Vaughn never dreamed of. To maximize advertising revenue, Moreno wants to market his ballclub as the Los Angeles Angels, leaving "Anaheim Angels" to the dustbin of history.
October 8, 2007 |
Beer prices, schmeer prices. Arte Moreno's five-year honeymoon as Angels owner ended Sunday amid the shadows of a half-empty stadium and the echoed chants of strangers. Let's Go, Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox owned his team and their fans owned his house, leaving Moreno to trudge away from another crumbled postseason possessing one last scrap. His word. Now, in terms of his roster, we will find out just how much that is worth.
May 23, 2003 |
When Disney bought the Angels, players squirmed, half-jokingly wondering whether their caps would be adorned with mouse ears. On the day Arte Moreno officially replaced Disney, the first Latino owner in major league history presented bright red sombreros -- with the Angel logo -- to Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Bill Stoneman. "This is going to be the new headwear for the Angels," Moreno said.
December 13, 2009 |
Red caps have faded toward pink. Sympathy cards have yellow tinges around the edges. The rainbow of stuffed monkeys -- red, blue, beige, brown, purple -- has dulled. The tender loving care has not. We lost Nick Adenhart eight months ago. The baseball season has come and gone, and still fans come to Angel Stadium, to celebrate and to mourn, to smile and to cry, at that special place in front of the ballpark. "That's a new candle," Susan Weiss said the other day. Weiss is the tender loving caretaker.