Watching Jeff DaVanon

Watching Jeff DaVanon

A weblog devoted to #55 of the Anaheim Angels, Jeff DaVanon. How is he doing? Is he getting his due respect yet? Let's watch and see...

Monday, July 25, 2005

At the Ballpark

There is nothing like going to a ballpark, and Angel Stadium is mine. I live and work in Los Angeles, which means I endure sitting in traffic for over an hour in order to see most games. However, once I walk through the tunstiles those gridlock memories are a thing of the past. I have always been an Angels fan - Los Angeles - California - Anaheim - Los Angeles (of Anaheim.) The name has changed almost as often as the names of the players and coaches, but the Angels has always been my team.

I grew up watching as many games as I could on channel 5. I watched them clinch the pennant in'79 and '82 on television, and every time I wished I could be there. I was at the ballpark when Donnie Moore was one strike away from victory. I was at the Big A when Erstad caught the final out of that magical 2002 season. And after deciding on a last-minute roadtrip to Oakland, I was at the coliseum to - yep, 'watch Jeff DaVanon' catch the ball that clinched the 2004 division title.

Now, you can find me at the ballpark at nearly every home game. I know the ushers and vendors by name and they know mine as well. Even the parking lot attendant asks were my wife is when she's not with me. (Yes, I realize how lucky I am. I owe Jeff DaVanon more than I can ever repay.)

I know not everyone is as fortunate as I (or loves traffic as much as I do) and cannot attend as many games as they would ideally like. But everyone should make a few trips to Angel Stadium each year. When you do, there are a few things you should be sure not to miss. Get there early for batting practice and stake out a good spot near the left field foul pole or the right field pavillion and shag a home run ball. Visit the family zone under those pavillion seats and watch the kids try to hit a Jerod Washburn fastball. Go ahead and splurge on some overpriced concessions - not from a stand, but from one of the charismatic vendors roaming the stadium steps like Michael or Todd (our favorites.) And even if you have field level seats, do yourself a favor and go up to the Bar and View on the upper level (near section 421) and order a drink from Bob. He's been there for over eighteen years and makes one of the best bloody marys you'll ever have!

The team is away for a bit, but they'll be back in town next Monday to start a home stand with the O's and the D-Rays. (I tried to schedule a business trip to New York this weekend in order to see the Angels at Yakee Stadium, but my meeting was rescheduled, so I'll just have to wait until Monday like the rest of you.) But hopefully then, I'll see you at the ballpark.

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