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Your Angels Fandom DOB: Were you an Angels fan before, during or after the 2002 season?

Angels Fandom DOB: ?  

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  1. 1. Were you an Angels fan before the 2002 World Championship Season?

    • Yes, I was a fan before the 2002 season
    • No, I became a fan after the 2002 season
    • No, I became a fan during the 2002 season
  2. 2. When did you become an Angels fan?



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Tank    9,435

somewhere around 1968. attended my first game at the big A in '71.

 

what attracted me most was the california angels song at the beginning of each broadcast, and then listening to dick enberg call each game. it was, quite simply, magical, like listening to your favorite story-teller night after night after night.

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Katie    521

somewhere around 1968. attended my first game at the big A in '71.

 

what attracted me most was the california angels song at the beginning of each broadcast, and then listening to dick enberg call each game. it was, quite simply, magical, like listening to your favorite story-teller night after night after night.

That would not happen in the present... He's terrible now

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John Smith    694

1978 California Angels

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1978 California Angels Official Logo

Complete Roster  

 

# Pitchers Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth 46 Don Aase 6-03 210 Right Right 1954-09-08 33 Mike Barlow 6-06 215 Right Left 1948-04-30 34 Ken Brett 5-11 195 Left Left 1948-09-18 39 John Caneira 6-03 180 Right Right 1952-10-07 36 Al Fitzmorris 6-02 190 Right Both 1946-03-21 37 Dave Frost 6-06 235 Right Right 1952-11-17 38 Tom Griffin 6-03 210 Right Right 1948-02-22 45 Paul Hartzell 6-05 200 Right Right 1953-11-02 42 Chris Knapp 6-05 195 Right Right 1953-09-16 17 Dave LaRoche 6-02 200 Left Left 1948-05-14 41 Dyar Miller 6-01 195 Right Right 1946-05-29 30 Nolan Ryan 6-02 195 Right Right 1947-01-31 40 Frank Tanana 6-03 195 Left Left 1953-07-03 # Catchers Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth 5 Brian Downing 5-10 194 Right Right 1950-10-09 15 Ike Hampton 6-01 185 Right Both 1951-08-22 9 Terry Humphrey 6-03 190 Right Right 1949-08-04 # Infielders Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth 14 Jim Anderson 6-00 170 Right Right 1957-02-23 7 Dave Chalk 5-10 175 Right Right 1950-08-30 6 Ron Fairly 5-10 181 Left Left 1938-07-12 4 Bobby Grich 6-02 190 Right Right 1949-01-15 16 Ron Jackson 6-00 205 Right Right 1953-05-09 12 Carney Lansford 6-02 195 Right Right 1957-02-07 35 Dave Machemer 5-11½ 180 Right Right 1951-05-24 18 Rance Mulliniks 6-00 170 Right Left 1956-01-15 # Outfielders Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth 10 Lyman Bostock 6-01 180 Right Left 1950-11-22 19 Ken Landreaux 5-10 165 Right Left 1954-12-22 3 Rick Miller 6-00 185 Left Left 1948-04-19 8 Merv Rettenmund 5-10 195 Right Right 1943-06-06 26 Joe Rudi 6-02 200 Right Right 1946-09-07 # Other Positions Height Weight Throws Bats Date Of Birth 25 Don Baylor 6-01 195 Right Right 1949-06-28 20 Danny Goodwin 6-01 195 Right Left 1953-09-02 27 Tony Solaita 6-00 215 Left Left 1947-01-15 1978 California Angels Roster

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FabulousFabregas    1,079

I was first exposed to the Angels in 1999, but my first game wasn't until 2000 when I was 8 years old.  The 2002 World Series victory was even sweeter because the first couple of years I was a fan I never would have envisioned them making the playoffs, let alone winning the World Series.

 

I remember the first couple of years being a fan going to school everyday in the infamous blue Disney Angels logo jacket and got some crap for it.  Revenge was great in 02.

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Inside Pitch    5,643

I don't remember a time when I wasn't an Angels fan, but my loyalty may have been somewhat split early on.  

 

As a kid I played shortstop and second, Bobby Grich and Reggie Jackson were my favorite players and Ryan my favorite pitcher.  I was likely a closet Yankee fan because of Reggie and because they beat the Dodgers who I hated with a passion in 77 and 78...  Still, I remember wanting the Angels to beat the Yanks every time they played each other in 1979 and my concern that Reggie might win a game for the Yanks.    

 

Whatever split allegiance there may have been ended when Reggie came to Anaheim.  With Preston coaching 3B for Mauch and Reggie in RF it was all Angels all the time from that point on.

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Splint7438    245

Wow! What a great idea for a thread. As a kid I went to school in Anaheim and Nolan Ryan lived in a house on my way to school. We would stop and knock on his door and ask if Nolan Ryan really lived there. His wife Ruth was so patient because she would always answer the door and hand out 8x10 signed pictures of Ryan. Looking back I know she recognized the same kids always coming to the door. The day that the man actually answered the door is the day I knew there would never be another team for me. He was HUGE! And I was speechless. Which says a lot if you have ever met me. He basically held my hand through the handing out of yet another 8x10 pic. He was just so nice and had that texas drawl that seperated him from all the other players. I had been a casual fan before this and I chose to follow the Angels because our brother Paul was a dodger fan. Typical sibling rivalry stuff. The knocking on Ryans door happened in 1972. So hardcore since 1972. Nolan Ryan is my favorite athlete/celebrity of all time from any sport. I am lucky enough to have watched him play at a high level from grade school into my 30's. Not many can say that about their favorite player.

 

My favorite baseball player of all time however is Scott Stradling. Knowing I had a small part in his developement as a player and as a man fills me with great pride.I remember taking Stradling to a lot of games when he was a kid. Including the division clinching game in 86 when all of the fans poured onto the field. We had a great team that year and I think we would have beat the Mets if we had gotten past some other team first. I think that was the year i started my prediction every year that the Angels were going to win the series. Same prediction every year since.

 

The first year I thought we had a chance was the 1978 season. That is the year the "YES WE CAN" chant started. There was an overall sense in the stadium that we were into something special. The fans felt it. Of course we had to wait one more year to finally win the West, but us fans knew the Angels were charging fast. We played a lot of good baseball over the next 10 years or so but had a lot of heartbreak too.

 

I went to my first World Series game in game 2 at angel stadium. I was there for their first WS win. Two Salmon homers. And a Bonds homer that I think went into orbit. The Chinese are going to land on Bonds homer ball and plant their flag. Ok so I may have touched on a few too many threads here. Thank you so much for the forum to share. Fan since 1970. I love you scott more than life itself. Let me know if there was a different story you wanted me to tell.

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Jeff M    66

Started going to games in 1982 with a neighbor and his dad who had season tickets. Got really hooked in 1986 and started listening to every game on the radio. Been crazy ever since.

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Chuckster70    8,289

Good story Splint! Thanks for sharing. I think it's awesome you and your brother Scott are so close and both HUGE Angels fans. l don't have a sibling that shares that kind of duel passion for the Angels. 

 

Love all your stories guys. Keep em coming!

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Brent Maguire    1,010

I started going to games when I was little in 1999, really enjoyed the 2002 season even though I was only 8 and became very very interested when we got Vlad. I started going to a ton of games starting in 2008 so it's tough to say the exact moment when I became a fan. 

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ineedanap    8

1986!

 

My mom was a Dodgers fan (from Brooklyn) and my Dad was a Yankee fan (from the Bronx), living in SoCal. So, naturally, I became an Angels fan. Pretty good year for us up until the end. Still hate BOS, but 2009 and the last few years have been cathartic.

 

I was living in NY in 2002 and working at a bar. It was one of the first years of the YES Network and the bar was packed with Yankee fans for the playoffs. It was wonderful.

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Splint7438    245

I remember going to games in the early 70's and if Ryan or Tanana wasnt pitching the crowds were scarce. Everybody seemed to get a foul ball. They had archery practice in the seats down the first base line. Later in the 70's as a teenager we would wonder up to the top row and smoke pot. LOL funny how things change. Hasnt been too long ago we were allowed to smoke in our seats. My best friend way back then  would get tickets from his mom. She was a manager at the Howard Johnson Hotel on harbor. That is where the umpires stayed when they were in town. Seats under the old net behind the plate.I remember thinking even back then that I had better seats than the umpire because I could see that those pitches werent strikes!!!! I am unapologetic in that I demand that our team play well. I know we can play well and lose and that is easier to handle than losing while playing bad. Even as a kid you could tell the guys that didnt hustle and it ticked me off. LOL such a burden on a little kid! Trying to make your team play up to a 10 year oldsstandards.

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AzHaloFan    34

My signature below pretty much tells the tail. However, I have to admit, my Hard Core "Angels Only" fandom probably started and never looked back in 1993, the dawning of the Tim Salmon era. That's when I got a car and could really go to games on my own and REALLY get into it.

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AzHaloFan    34

Can remember my first game in 95 on grandma's cookies trading card day, but got really hooked in around 97-98 when my mom's company got season tix and nobody would want the tix.

I TOTALLY remember thise trading cards!!! Had them til maybe 8 years ago!!! What about the 95" Pic N Save "CA" beach towel give away??

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AzHaloFan    34

Question? If you could relive the 2002 season all over again here on the board, in detailed fashion, game by game till the Erstad's final catch, would you be interested? 

Sign me up for the September series vs. Oakland, The ALDS vs NYY in Anaheim (both games) and Game muthafn SIX, cuz, you know, I was THERE

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AzHaloFan    34

So our new running feature of the 2002 season was the inspiration behind this thread. If you haven't voted yet, please do.

 

Also, if you did become a fan after the 2002 club, these games were historic in that the 2002 Anaheim Angels was magical and at times just eye popping unreal. To relive this again, I'm excited as I've watched the World Series DVD many times, but it was the entire season before they got there that was just amazing to take in as a fan.

Obtaining and watching "A Red Dawn Rises" may be a good investment for a Pre 2002 fan to get and watch before the WS DVD. I wish I still had mine, but I still have my 2002 DVD and will always cherish it. Still get goosebumps and tears watching it.

 

"He wasn't about to let the moment pass him by..." if you know that line, you know why I have always had the profile pic I have have.

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Jim    266

Introduced in 1966. Became a real fan in 1970, bike riding distance and all, and have been one ever since.

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timhanna    1

I was born at Anaheim General Hospital in 1991, so by the time Tim Salmon was wearing his AL Rookie of the year crown, I was already hooked. Many tears were shed as Erstad camped under that high fly ball, with Percy and Benji locked in the most sincere world series celebration in recent memory. Still gives me goosebumps...

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Not going to pretend. Since I started dating this current beau, I have started embracing the Angels Fandom. Went to a game in September 2011 with him, when the playoffs were pretty much set, and I saw Trout.  How young he was and besides the fact that he is handsome (in my opinion) I was definitely interested in him as a fan of baseball. After that, we pretty much started going every chance we got. (We try to seat in right field to be as close to him as possible, now I guess I have to move to left) Besides that, I am a Red Sox fan, though I really try not to be an obnoxious fan.

 

"Question? If you could relive the 2002 season all over again here on the board, in detailed fashion, game by game till the Erstad's final catch, would you be interested?"

 

I definitely would be interested. I think if I had been able to go to baseball games at a younger age, I might have joined the Angels Fandom a little sooner rather than joining the Red Sox. The emotion of that season, at least when described by the boyfriend, was something magical. He sounds like a kid every time reminisces about those games leading up to eventually winning the World Series. 

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Splint7438    245

Hij the azhalofan. I saw your note to me in a tag and email. I have been unable to locate it here on the board tho. I am a big Nolan Ryan fan and I have some Ryan stuff but not a lot. I have cards, shirts, a giant fathead that dominates a wall in my bar, and a few other things like that. I suppose the coolest Ryan artifact I have is a ball signed by Ryan and Frank Robinson when they were both on the Angels. I believe he is the best power pitcher to ever play the game. He is integrity personified. I cried when he spoke at his induction into the HOF. Meeting him at such a young age and having such a positive experience is probably why I am a sports fan today. Probably why I am so outgoing because being a sports fan I can always find something to talk to other people about. I just find him larger than the game itself.

In your note you mentioned that he lived on Romneya. I didn't mention that but you are exactly right. He was a block or so from Thomas Edison elementary in the only house with a circle driveway. Did you live in this area as well? My wife and I live in corona now but still work in anaheim and visit friends there all of the time. Thanks for noticing my post and I look forward to getting to know you through the board.

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Erstad27    4

I became a fan when Erstad still wore #27.  Circa 1996 or 7 I had a crush on my classmate and her name was Angel.  One day I was flipping through the TV channels when I saw the Angels playing the Orioles in Baltimore on KCAL.  Sure enough I have been rooting and following the team since.  I have always liked Darin Erstad, but liked him less until 2001 when he never remembered how to hit decently again.

 

I miss classy players like him, King Fish, GA.......

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George17    5

I became a fan in 2003 but I had no idea about the 2002 World Series win at that point. I wasn't jumping on the bandwagon.

I was 9 years old on a family holiday in CA from the UK. We decided to go to a game between the angels and tigers in the summer of 2003. Been hooked ever since. Average first pitch time for angels home games is 3 am for me so the angels give me many sleepless nights

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pattimelt    34

I have been a baseball fan all my life. When I moved here in Feb of 96, my boyfriend at the time (now husband) was an Angels fan.  I admit, I am, and always will be, a Tiger fan, too.  I got to see 2 world series as a Detroit fan, and I don't think I will ever forget when they won it in 84.  My first Angels game was opening day, 1996..  Got my first set of season seats in 02..  and now, I get paid to be at the stadium!!!  (PLEASE-- It's really NOT my fault we are sucking, just because I work there, and NO, I can't give a message to Mike Scioscia for you!!!)

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I was born at Anaheim Memorial Hospital in 1962, but being the daughter of a career Navy man meant we left Anaheim and moved to Hawaii and then settled in the Bay Area. During the 70s, I was an A's fan and still remember being ushered into the cafeteria in grammar school to watch the playoffs. Watching the A's in the 70s led me to my love of the game.

In 1981, I moved back to Anaheim and was living with my aunt and uncle who had season tickets in the 12th row behind the Angels dugout. Living 5 minutes from the stadium and attending nearly every home game and listening to the away games on the radio over the next 2 seasons hooked me for life. I've since raised 2 boys and yes, they are both Angel's fans!!

2002 was magical. Midway through the season, I painted a 3 ft high red A complete with a halo on my living room window, and it is still there. Guess I'm waiting for the magic to return. Please let it happen before I die!!!

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vlad27    89

Long story short - I moved from NY to AZ grew up a Mets fan living in Queens . After moving to Az and focusing on music I kind of stopped following the Mets for a few years.

I started spending a lot of time in southern CA around 2001 and went to my first Angels ST spring 2002 - I realized how much I missed baseball and wanted a home team to follow . I couldn't get into the DBacks- so my family adopted the Angels as our team and winning the World Series that year made it sweeter of course - so I'm a fan since 02- spring of 02.

Now my family and I go to a bunch of ST games and a few games a year at the Big A

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1965.  My first year in Little League and our coach took the team to the game.  Saw player like Jim Fregosi, Bobby Knoop, Rudy May, and Buck Rodgers.  I got to work at the stadium in 75-76 running up and down the isles selling Peanuts and cokes, and then in the Stadium Club in 77-78 as a bus boy.  I got to meet all the players that played for the Angels during that time period along with Gene Autry and several celebrities that came to games as guest of his.

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