The fans are kinder, and more baseball illiterate. The hot dogs taste less like Homer Simpson's beloved "horse anus." Garlic fries are tougher to find. Carl's Jr is nowhere to be found. Yet, the Delino's experiences last night watching the Angels of (s)lower California could not have been any more awesome, or surreal.
CRAIGSLIST TICKETS- After posting an offer on craigslist to pay "$20-ish" for good tickets, the Delino was led to an unusual neighborhood deep in Anaheim...an area they don't dare include in the "It's a Small World" ride. It's not often you go to a ticket "broker's" private property. It's even less often said "broker" asks you to deliver additional tickets to will call for another client, whose name is written on a match book. But for half price seats 20 rows from homeplate, I'd have delivered all sorts of contraband.
GIVEAWAY NIGHT - Not to be outdone by the Russell Martin bobblehead or streak-killing Gagne pin, Anaheim decided to honor one of the most legendary streaks of all time - Garret Anderson's 12 consecutive game with an RBI! And what better way to commemorate a streak than a "signed" WALL CLOCK. It will forever hold a special place in my heart, and next to my toilet.
FIREBALL VS MR FREEZE RACE- My guy won by using an icy blast near the finish line.
EARLY DISCHARGE- The fireworks went off a little prematurely during the Star Spangled bannger. Happens to the best of us.
THE LONE JAYHAWK FAN - Me. AS the score was updated all night long, only the Delino shouted out his approval, and promptly got in an argument with the only other person in the park who cared.
EXPLOITATION OF RALLY MONKEY - The scoreboard showed that poor overworked beast even when the Angels were ahead. Does rally mean something different down South?
GREATEST FINAL INNING AND A HALF EVER... FOR A GAME I DIDN'T GIVE TWO SHITS ABOUT Bottom of the eighth - Torii Hunter puts the Angels ahead with a solo dinger. Top of the ninth - Rodriguez faces two batters and blows the save. Angels down by two. Bottom of the ninth - another blown save, courtesy of Torii's walk-off grand slam. A three pointer with two seconds left doesn't have nothing on that.
THE BUGS... THE TERRIFYING BUGS - Might want to click the pic to see them more clearly. Just another reason to stay North of the 91.