Adventures of a Baseball Fan

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Navin Vaswani is a replacement-level writer. Follow him on Twitter. Joe West is a joke. Bell's autograph was free. Angels slugging first baseman Mark Trumbo signs the pink bat he used for Mother's Day to raise awareness about breast cancer. The OC Dugout will use the bat for a giveaway. Jones' wife, Merry, baked the triple chocolate, peanut butter cake shaped like home plate and decorated with the Angels' 50th anniversary logo for the special autograph session at The OC Dugout.

Kevin Haley, 11, left, joins Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo other children from Hope in One, a community program that aims to give at-risk children positive experiences and influences that help build good character. He also signed several dozen items, including these baseballs, for the baseball card and memorabilia store. Angels pitcher Trevor Bell left quickly autographs photos while an employee of The OC Dugout helps move through the pile of memorabilia on Saturday morning June That event followed that morning's pay-per-item autograph signing by Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo.

During the long waits in line, which begin for some people at 8 a. Among the baked delights is this cake held by Jay Jones of Temecula.

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He said his wife, Merry, of Sinfully Delicious Treats, made and decorated it. Five Angels and Strike Force met hundreds of fans at four spots on Saturday, finding a loyal turnout, encouragement and unwavering support for the team that has been losing more than winning lately. The first run came off a bases-loaded walk followed by a bloop single to left off the bat of Prince Fielder that scored Elvis Andrus.

Seattle shortstop Ketel Marte booted a sure double-play grounder from Adrian Beltre that allowed the go-ahead and eventual game-winning third run. Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn save number one of the new season. It was the offensive explosion we were hoping for, but to witness a one hit, three run victory over King Felix!?!

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Yes please!! It more than lived up to the anticipation I had built up for months in my head. In recent months I have been reminiscing while reading past blog posts and fighting the urge to start back up again. Obviously I caved. With Josh Hamilton resigning with the Rangers and having his press conference today, I felt the juices flowing again.

Some of you that read this may have no idea who I am given the fact that my last post was April I plan on writing a little something in the next day or so about Hamilton to get used to blogging again. Dirk and I attended this game and we were joined by our friends Shawn and Kendall. Game time was and the gates were scheduled to open at Since Dirk and I purchased a 20 game mini plan for this season we were given season ticket holder i.

I say for most games because we were unsure if they would apply to this game. At the gates opened, our tickets scanned and bags checked, and we made our way around to the left-centerfield bleachers. The cages were up, bu the only action on the field at this point were two Rangers on the first base side stretching. We figured that we had at least minutes or so before they started hitting, so I asked Shawn if he wanted to have a catch while we were waiting and he agreed.

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  7. What proceded to happen was a three-way easy now! Everything was cool until Shawn tried to push it and heaved one a lot farther than he should have and the ball ricocheted to a spot that was out of our reach. Game over. Thanks Shawn. Things got off to a slow start for me. I had picked the corner of the bleachers in left-center that was right next to the hill in centerfield which is where I spent a lot of time last season.

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    That made it even better for me. Just the thought of giving a ball to young kid that is eager to get one, wearing a glove, being courteous, yet maybe a little unschooled in ballhawking , is enough to make me grin from ear to ear. Add to that the fact that sometimes it just so happens to be their first one ever?!

    Anyways, BP was still pretty slow for me, though I was able to pull two different balls out of the gap in front of me that other kids had dropped. I was good with three balls. Especially since the Red Sox were in town and batting practice was crowded. Our seats for the game were in the upper deck on the first base side towards the outfield. Section , row Not the best place to watch a game from, but hey, we were there.

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    They had told us that there were a couple open seats in the row in front of them, so we filled them. The game itself was good. The Rangers were down at first then came back to win it in the bottom of the 8th inning. David Murphy hit a pinch hit, go ahead double down the 3rd base line in the bottom of the 8th that got a rally going. The atmosphere was awesome out there at this game, which is how it usually is on opening day but this one was better.


    Probably because of the way they finished last season, who knows. Nonetheless, it sure it cool not having so many Boston fans in the stands nowadays. What a beating that got to be in the past. After attending game 3 of the ALDS this past Saturday I got my first taste of live playoff baseball, and man was it great. Even though they lost the game the feeling in the ballpark was amazingly intense.

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