I’ve been to my share of Angels games. I’m fortunate enough to live fairly close to the Big A, and from 2005-2007, my family had season tickets. (This is a rough estimate, but in 2005 I would guess I went to about 60ish games, including playoffs. It was a little much.) Nowadays, I try to make it out to the park for 8-10 games per year. My greatest achievement — which I’ve mentioned in this space before and will now again, just because it’s so unbelievable and random — was in 2011, when the Angels went 15-0 in games I attended in person.
That said, I have regrets attending Angels games. Here now, are my top 10 greatest regrets at the ballpark.
1) Leaving this game after the Royals scored four runs in the 9th inning. Luckily, I was in the parking lot during the comeback and a kind usher let my friends and I back into the park, just in time to see the walk-off homer. After this game I vowed to never leave a game early again.
2) Obviously not learning my lesson six years prior, leaving this game after the Orioles took the two-run lead in the 12th. My then-girlfriend (now wife) enjoys attending games, but 12 innings will test the limits of any enjoyer-of-but-not-quite-fan of the game. Once again, I was privy to hear the loyal fans go nuts from the stadium parking lot. It was then that I recommitted to staying for every game through the final out.
3) Not so much. I left last night’s game prior to Trout’s homer, even though he had already completed the other three components of the cycle. Why? I have no idea. It was 11-0 at the time, I was tired, and hey, he PROBABLY wasn’t going to hit a home run, right? Ugh.
4) Every beer I’ve ever purchased there.
4a) Especially that Guinness that one time. Since it’s “premium” they charge like 12 bucks for a 12 ounce cup of Guinness. There are beers I would happily pay 12 bucks for 12 ounces. Guinness is not one of them.
5) Missing out on years of peanuts because I thought I didn’t like them.
6) At first thinking, “Hey, ‘Buttercup’ isn’t so bad.”
7) Still getting “Down With The Sickness” stuck in my head during every Rally Monkey montage. I don’t even like that song. Although it was my jam in junior high.
7a) The Rally Monkey in general.
8) Owning and proudly wearing this.
9) Jeff Mathis.
10) Probably saying, “Yeah, Brandon Wood is supposed to to be the next Cal Ripken.”
But you know what? I’m totally going to stay until the end of every game now.
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