I spent a beautiful, breezy afternoon at the Angel’s last Sunday home game of the season. A swarm of bees disrupted the game in the bottom of the third, until the Angels enlisted a fan and sent him to right field with a bucket and butterfly net.
Thirty minutes later, play resumed and the Angels squandered a chance to move out of the 1-1 tie. Meanwhile, bee-catching continued in the center field bushes.
Trust me, the bee man was in there hunting. Unsuccessfully because play was briefly disrupted again in the fourth. Alas, the Angels went on to lose 3-2.
For a variety of reasons, my 2013 baseball season has been disappointing. Here is one of the big ones:
Fans always like winners. Fans always like a lot of things. At last Sunday’s Angels game, fans shared their favorites.
Players long gone.
This year’s new guy.
A steady veteran.
And then there are the product endorsements.
And on a day when they gave away a Chevy Silverado:
And the occasional declaration of love. There’s a number 1 hiding under the seat.
But this guy was by far the most popular.
Because of this:
Mike Trout has become the big fish in the Anaheim pond, and the fans honor him as such.
There’s this snazzy hat.
And this cuter one.
Fans know that Mike Trout is the bright hope of 2014. Except for maybe this guy.
Eric Dickerson of the L.A. Rams? Right playing venue, wrong sport and wrong decade. Santa needs to hit the forty-percent-off sale at the stadium souvenir shop and get a new shirt on this guy for 2014.
So now the big decision is who to root for in the post-season. Any thoughts, readers?