Anaheim Stadium/

Edison Field

 Major League Baseball Park #3 out of 39

 

Sunday, August 22, 1993

 

Milwaukee Brewers 7, Angels 5

 

W Butch Henry

L Joe Magrane

 

Attendance 19,374

Sunday, July 21, 2002

 

Anaheim Angels 7, Seattle 5

 

W Jarrod Washburn

L Jeff Nelson

 

Attendance 35,945

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

 

Oakland A's 2, Anaheim Angels 1

 

W Barry Zito

L Kevin Appier

 

Attendance 25,370

   

            The Los Angeles Angels joined the American League in 1961 and Anaheim Stadium opened in 1966. It became a completely enclose multi-purpose stadium in 1979. This expansion created more than 46,000 empty seats for the game in August of 1993. After the long drive from San Francisco, we arrived in Anaheim to find a park very much like the one we left behind in the Bay Area. Built in the 1960s. Surrounded by a huge parking lot. Red seats. Lots of red seats. The Angels have been in the area for 42 years and they made their first World Series appearance only last season. And they won the darn thing. And now there's one less team in the AL whose fans we can taunt. Like the Mariners, the Angels had been to 3 League Championships and had been denied each time. Mariners fans haven't seen in person the kind of heartbreak experienced by the Angels in the 1986 ALCS. One strike away from a World Series and Donnie Moore served up a home run to ex-Mariner Dave Henderson. Moore would struggle from that point forward, on and off the field, and ultimately take his own life.

            So as of August 1993, the supposed curse of the Angels was in full effect. The game itself wasn't particularly memorable. Butch Henry would spend the next few years bouncing around from team to team and spending a lot of time on the DL. Another sunny day, though, watching a baseball game outdoors and that ain't bad. We also stopped by Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland. The Disneyland trip included my first ride on "Splash Mountain". I feared for my life.

            Anaheim Stadium was remodeled again in 1996 and renamed Edison International Field in 1998. Twenty thousand outfield seats were replaced with something called a "California spectacular" -- trees, geysers, and rocks that looked as if they were moved directly from the set of the Flintstones movie.

            By the time my wife and I arrived at Edison Field in 2002, the Angels and their fans were so desperate for some kind of good luck that they adopted a mascot known as "the Rally Monkey" -- and the footage of the monkey jumping up and down had been taken from a Jim Carrey movie. Anaheim had also developed quite a psychosis with regards to the Mariners. Every season the Mariners reached the playoffs (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001), they clinched against the Angels. It turns out that in 2002, we witnessed the beginning of the end of all that -- for the time being. After the Angels won that game -- and swept that three-game series -- they went on a nice little run that got them the Wild Card and the World Series championship. Fans were so giddy after that game that they spent a lot of time on the radio postgame show claiming the Mariners were done and that the Angels would go all the way because they finally beat the Mariners. So they did.

            On my 1-10 rating, I give Anaheim Stadium a 5, but I'd give Edison Field a 7. I might raise that to an 8 if they'll kindly take back their psychosis for another decade or so.

           

           

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