Stadium Name: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Location: Anaheim, CA
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Stadium Rating: B-
First Game: July 22, 2017, Angels – 7, Red Sox – 3
Beverly Hills (the Nutella-stuffed waffles at whatever brunch place we went to were heavenly), Santa Monica Beach, and plenty of cruising around in traffic made for a fun day two of the trip to LA.
After the loooooonnnnggg drive to Anaheim from near LAX, James and I made it just in time for first pitch. We walked in past the “Big A,” a large “A” with a halo surrounding it (photo below). While this used to be a part of the park, it now sits a few hundred yards outside the stadium in the lot.
This stadium brings me back a lot of great memories, though it’s not because of any trips I’ve previously made here, since this was my first time to the stadium.
No, it was because of my favorite movie growing up. Angels in the Outfield. I estimate that I’ve probably seen it 30-40 times, and loved when Joseph Gordon-Levitt inspired the team to greatness, well before he was Robin in the third Batman.
Since I love a good cliche, I chose to get seats in the outfield.
This was my third Red Sox game of the year, all on the road. The Angels got down early, but thanks to former Brave Andrelton Simmons’ 2-run homer in the third, the Angels took the lead and never looked back. The final was 7-3, and it was a sunny, beautiful evening to spend a night at a ballpark.
While I love the cliche of sitting as an Angel in the Outfield, I would not recommend doing so on a July evening. The sun setting in the west sits right above the top facade of the stadium, perfectly blocking the eyes of those in right field. That, or just bring sunglasses, which I failed to do.
All in all, Angel Stadium is a really nice park. That said, there’s nothing that really separates the good in it from the great of some other parks, like neighboring Dodger Stadium. That said, there are a few cool quirks. Albert Pujols, the greatest home-run hitter of my lifetime (with the exception of maybe Ken Griffey, Jr., but that’s up for debate) has a cool tribute in the outfield. Shortly before I attended, he was just a few home runs from 600 for his career, and they had a large leaderboard to show his progress.
12 days later, he hit number 600.
It’s hard for me to judge places like Angel Stadium, because by giving it a “B-” that seems kinda average. But the truth is, I really love all of the stadiums for one reason or another. But relativity matters on this scale, and they’re not all Wrigley Field.
15 of 18 so far – plenty more to come!
- Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs – Chicago, IL)
- Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles, CA)
- SunTrust Park (Atlanta Braves – Atlanta, GA)
- PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates – Pittsburgh, PA)
- Target Field (Minneapolis Twins – Minneapolis, MN)
- Petco Park (San Diego Padres – San Diego, CA)
- Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros – Houston, TX)
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles – Baltimore, MD)
- Coors Field (Colorado Rockies – Denver, CO)
- Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies – Philadelphia, PA)
- Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers – Arlington, TX)
- Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers – Milwaukee, WI)
- Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks – Phoenix, AZ)
- Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners – Seattle, WA)
- Angel Stadium (Los Angeles Angels – Anaheim, CA)
- Busch Stadium (Saint Louis Cardinals – Saint Louis, Missouri)
- Oakland Alameda County Stadium (Oakland Athletics – Oakland, CA)
- Guaranteed Rate Stadium (Chicago White Sox, Chicago, IL)