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Angel Stadium Hits Jackpot on 2010 MLB All-Star Game


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You know the sights and sounds of a casino floor?  The poetic music of slot machines, the cacophony of cling-clanging sounds, the motley decor and a myriad effulgent colors set against a bustling backdrop of characters befitting a Jimmy Buffett song.  It’s adrenaline rushing, vertigo inducing sort of emotion that gets me excited…

That’s Angel Stadium

It’s fireworks, it’s fun, it’s freeways and sponsors.  It’s New York Times Square plopped down in a parking lot, and because of that, it is also host to the 2010 MLB All-Star game.

Recently, the L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke complained that “Angel Stadium has it all over Dodger Stadium.” In his best stubborn old-man voice, you can almost hear him yelling “get off my lawn.”  His impatience for the slow roll that is Dodger Stadium has muddled his sense of history.

The original Los Angeles team has history all over the nouveau riche L.A. It’s a little different up in Chavez Ravine.  It’s not a casino, and there’s no “cling-clanging.” It’s East Egg.

It’s manicured grounds that’d make your mother’s petunia’s blush.  It is a pristine landscape that almost makes you forget you’re in Los Angeles, until you look around.  The iconography is undeniable.  The past is palpable.  You can feel the history ooze from the stadium pores. It’s not just a church for baseball, it’s the mass as well.  It’s the Sistine Chapel stitched in cowhide covering, with ceilings no-less impressive.  It is a classic without being a relic.  It’s a healthy mix of the cherished old and conductive new.

It’s strolling by the original 1962 wooden chairs on your way to the stadium suites.

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It’s the sounds of Nancy Bea, organist of nearly 25 years, overlooking updated Diamond vision, the first of the large-scale video displays.

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It’s legends walking the halls… and adorning the walls.

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If Dodger Stadium is Paris, then Angel Stadium is Paris Hilton… both fun to visit, but for entirely different reasons.

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Dodger Stadium is the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach and The Big A is NHRA at the Pomona Raceway.  Yeah, I’d love to feel the rush of a funny car hitting 200 mph in a quarter mile, but I also appreciate a Bugatti Type 57SC Corsica Roadster because it’s gorgeous, it has style, and they just don’t make them like that anymore.

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I will concede this to Plaschke: “This is a great baseball town deserving of two great ballparks.”

And we have them.  Two entirely different parks, but both indeed great.

Congratulations to Angels Jered Weaver and Torii Hunter and Dodgers Andre Ethier, Rafael Furcal, Jonathan Broxton and Hong Chih Kuo for making the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Roster.  The game will be held on Tuesday July 13, 2010, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and will be televised on Fox from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenelyn Russo permalink
    07/12/2010 10:33 am

    Vegas and Paris Hilton? Seriously? Not sure I’d associate those descriptions with a place as family friendly as Angel Stadium. Especially since I wouldn’t expose my young daughters to either and the Big A is pretty much their second home in the summertime.

    After reading both your post and Plaschke’s piece, you both have valid points. The Angels will never be able to compete with the Dodgers on history or heroes. I get that. And if I grew up a Dodger fan, I’m sure I’d love going to that ballpark.

    What surprises me the most is that from a business perspective, the Dodger FO seems to be doing nothing to address these well-documented issues. I don’t follow their attendance numbers–do they still draw full crowds?

    I’ve never been a fan of Arte’s name change on the Angels, but you have to admit, the guy is a stellar businessman. People still talk about how his first act as owner was to lower beer prices. At FanFest over the weekend, his line for photos/autographs was just about as long as some of the players present.

    I feel like you Dodger fans are the ones that get the raw deal on this. If you want to see your team play, you have to put up with all that crap. And I know many fand do, but they will never draw in new fans that way. If I want to catch an NL game, I’m going to drive down to San Diego.

    All that said, I enjoy our Angel/Dodger banter. Keep up the great writing.

    • 07/12/2010 10:55 am


      My tongue was rooted pretty deeply in cheek on much of that. Another thing on which I agree with (both you and Plaschke) that the Angel fan experience is much better than Dodger Stadium. But it’s not because of anything that Plaschke notes (narrow halls, claustophobic feel). It truly starts from the top. Arte is a star. That place was dreadful before he took over. On the contrary, since McCort took over, prices are up and spending is down. The parking is terrible. The biggest irony in that is he was a former parking lot attendant. The service is slow, and unaccomodating, and unapologetic about that for the most part. The atmosphere in many parts is roughian. But instead of dealing with the climate, he has tried to deal with it in a martial law sort of way. The parking lot is a police state. Dodger stadium could be all things to all people, but it never will be with cash-strapped McCort running the team (into the ground). On field performance aside, the Dodger lore is in danger of becoming ruined. And on the field, I am steadfast in my belief that the Dodgers need another arm, bat and $30 million in payroll to be a good playoff team. As it stands now, we’ll need a miracle to the proportions of 1988 to bring any hardware back to Los Angeles… at least the Los Angeles that’s actually located in Los Angeles county… and yet my heart still bleeds Blue?

      • Jenelyn Russo permalink
        07/12/2010 11:21 am

        Of course you should still bleed Dodger blue. I was a fan of the Angels in the 80’s. It doesn’t get much worse than that. It would be hard for me to give up cheering for my favorite team, no matter how bad it got.

        Maybe the divorce situation will cause something positive to happen. Who knows. And the Angels may be missing the playoffs themselves if they don’t pull it together soon.

        Oh the joys of being a sports fan. Gotta love it!

    • 07/12/2010 11:44 am

      Dodgers still draw 3 million plus. That puts them behind only the new Yankee stadium. And I enjoy the debate as well, even if much of mine is within my own head!

      Steve Bush

  2. Jennifer permalink
    07/13/2010 5:02 pm

    I get that other stadiums offer a better fan experience, but I came for a baseball game. I came to eat a hot dog and beer not sushi. As a kid I sat next to dad and was taught how to keep score I didnt need a “fun zone” to keep me entertained. I have been to half of the MLB stadiums and its sad that a lot of places are more about the extras then the actual game. I’ll take a Dodger dog and a beer in Chavez Ravine anyday!

  3. 07/23/2010 4:37 pm

    Feeling the rush of a funny car hitting 200 mph is Ooooold school, try John Forces 4.664 seconds at 329.91 mph Funny car run! One of the first guys to pilot a funny car down the quarter mile and hit the 200 mph barrier was none other than convicted child molestor Gene Snow in the 1960’s.

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