Sunday, July 11, 2010

Destination #10: Los Angeles, CA (Anaheim)

Ed, Jeremy, and I woke up Sunday morning and made the hour and a half drive north to Anaheim.  We found parking close to Angels Stadium which was conveniently the parking lot for the Anaheim Hooters...it only seemed appropriate to start the day there.  Just as Scooter and I did in St. Louis, the day started off with buffalo wings, nachos, and Bud Light. 



After enjoying our breakfast/lunch of champions, we walked to the game and made our way to our seats in the center field section.  This was only the second day game of the trip and it was another hot one...unfortunately, these seats were not in the shade as we had in St. Louis.  The game was also the longest one on the trip at over three and half hours. 




There were a few highlights from this game.  First, we watched the umpire take a ball right in the leg:

The stadium feature another stacked dugout...I've learned it's not as uncommon as I thought in Philadelphia just 13 days ago:

The seventh inning stretch included "God Bless America" because of the memorial day weekend:

I did get agitated as I constantly had to watch the rally monkeys fly around in the area....bitter reminders of the 2002 World Series:

The Angels ended the game with a walk-off home run for their second game in a row.  The game from the previous day ended with Kendry Morales breaking his leg as he celebrated his walk-off run, so when Howie Kendrick hit today's walk-off the team was very careful in their celebration:



The walk-off home run boosted my home team record to 6-4.  Following the game, we decided to go to the 'Happiest Place on Earth" - after all, we were already in Anaheim.  Since the game lasted so long we figured going into Disneyland itself might now be worth the time so we enjoyed some food and beer at ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney. 


From there, we drove to Hermosa Beach to join Steve and his family for dinner at his parents' house and call it another successful day.

Destination #9: San Diego, CA

After returning from New York, I decided I should probably actually show up to work.  I worked a full five days, packed up the truck and headed south for another weekend of baseball.  For everyone who tried to tell me I was stupid for driving to San Diego on a three-day weekend - I made it down there in about 7 hours while making a few quick stops along the way (can't explain it, but there was no traffic).  After arriving at Ed's house in Encinitas, we called it an early night to prepare to the next day's adventures.

Since Alix had to work, we headed into La Jolla for an early lunch with her and George - we met at Karl Strauss Brewing Company.


The meal was highlighted with a beer float for dessert....that's right a beer float, not root-beer.

As Alix made her way to work, George joined myself, Ed, and Jeremy as we enjoyed a beautiful San Diego afternoon.  We started in Pacific Beach and grabbed a few cold beers with great views of the beach.



From there, we grabbed a cab and headed towards Petco Park in the heart of downtown.  We made a couple quick stops before entering the stadium - don't recall the names of the establishments, but it was here a couple people thought tequila would be a good idea.


Once we found our way into stadium, we headed to our amazing seats - we were in the front row of the center field section directly next to the Padres' bullpen.  We were also very fortunate to have a fantastic group of fans sitting around us - this helped us with our nine innings off taunting Nyjer Morgan of the Washington Nationals.  If they could awars fans an assist in baseball, we would have certainly received it as we lead to him missing a fly ball at the warning track 3 feet from out seats and then striking out at the top of the 8th inning. 






Following the game, we walked to San Diego's gas lamp district for a couple of post-game beers at Mary Jane's coffee shop.  We then got a ride back to Encinitas where Ed and I capped off the night with a little late night snack at Denny's.



San Diego definitely provide the best group of fans to sit with on my trip and increased my home team record back above .500 to 5-4.  They also shared an important message with the beer purchases:

Next stop Los Angeles...