One of my non-running goals is to attend a baseball game at all 30 MLB stadiums. This is not an original goal, but much like the 50 half marathons in 50 states goal, it is a great way to see the country. Angels Stadium marked my fourth active MLB stadium to attend a game at, joining Turner Field, Busch Stadium (the third one), and Fenway Park. I have also attended games at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, the second Busch Stadium, and Riverfront Stadium, but those do not count on the 30 parks tour.
Going to an MLB game requires at least one beer and hot dog. This trip lived up to this expectation, even if it was not the best meal to eat the night before a race. Luckily it was before the 10K, and I did not overindulge in anything.
The game was between the top team teams in the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland A’s. The weeks prior to the game, it was looking like the game would potentially be for possession of first place in the division. However, by August 29, the Angels had started to pull away in the division, but I was still able to watch two aces go at it. Jon Lester was pitching for the A’s, and Jared Weaver for the Angels, and both pitched well.
The game ended 4-0 Angels, with home runs by Chris Iannetta and Albert Pujols. Sadly, Mike Trout did not do anything SportsCenter worthy during the game, but it was still a good game.
Honestly, the stadium was better than I expected. There were a ton of food options, and while the stadium is one of the older ones in the league, it holds up well. The organization does it best to make the game day experience a fun one, and the fans were much more rabid than I was expecting. The helmet nachos were very popular, partially because at $16.50, they were a good value by ballpark standards. I cannot imagine eating all of those nachos in one sitting.
With my fourth active stadium marked off the list, I have no clue which one will be next, but it probably will not be until next season that I will be able to travel to a new stadium.