David Fletcher is now on the 15 day injured list because of his hip strain. As most of you probably know, Luis Rengifo is back up with the big club. Kenny Rosenberg was optioned to triple-A. Here is that razzle dazzle behind the back toss from Andrew Velasquez in case you missed it. The Angels are “on the cusp of greatness.” Fangraphs currently has their playoff odds at 70.4%. We’ve got two guys playing like Trout. Also, the Angels re-signed Juan Lagares on Sunday.
Gerardo Parra retired after 12 big league seasons. Luis Castillo is back from the injured list having just been activated by the Reds. Also returning from the injured list are Joe Kelly and Yoan Moncada of the White Sox.
Umpire Ron Kulpa got zapped in the face mask by a foul ball in Fenway Park. He had to leave the game and the Red Sox and White Sox finished out the game with only three umpires.
Chris Woodward apparently meant no disrespect when he called Yankee Stadium a “Little League ballpark.”
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Ward is not back in the lineup…..
Leg amputation will be scheduled shortly.
Another tweet says he is available to pinch hit. Hold off on the saw, please
Okay, but if a pinch hitting opportunity arises and he isn’t used…..the saw will be at the ready.
Just make sure you cut off the right er correct hamstring, Ok?
What you’ve got to do is cut the hamstring on the back of his leg right at the bottom. He’ll never play golf again, because his weight displacement goes back, all his weight is on his right foot, and he’ll push everything off to the right. He’ll never come through on anything. He’ll quit the game.
Pushing everything off to the right? Maybe this is what happened to Fletcher? Hopefully they reattached it properly today.
It’s tough to come back from Tommy Hamstring surgery, but anyone can do it, Fletch can. The Q is: when?
I think Ward is the one with the hamstring issue; Fletch has hip issues as I understand.
Okay, right. You’re right: he had Tommy Hipstring surgery.
Did you by chance study medicine under Dr. Benway?
I think it was this guy…
IIRC he specializes in the Head Holes, and likes to prescribe drugs…Riviera? Dr. Nick Riviera? “The head bone’s connected to the…something…”
Rhett Bollinger- David Fletcher had surgery on both of his adductor muscles and will be out for a few months, head athletic trainer Mike Frostad said. But they don’t anticipate it being season-ending.
Like we haven’t heard that before.
Just get back in time for the playoff run
When reporters asked Frostad if he meant he doesn’t anticipate the surgery ending this current season and not also 2023 for Fletcher, he said, “No further questions,” and walked out of the room.
j/k…but it’s not funny, really. We need the Good Fletch we’ve seen in the past.
Out 2 months. So he’ll be back in the lineup hopefully In August.
Stassi to the IL
That sucks so much.
No designation so it’s probably COVID
oh boy…..don’t like them not saying why.
The teams biggest adversary right now is not the Trashstros. Its the COVID
No injury designation…. so probably symptom free covid.
Good thing is Wallach didn’t embarrass himself last night.
He is big man.
Heap big man. Smoke ’em single to right in bottom 8.
Sucks to have to go on the IL for a cold
First hit for the Angels tonight over / under 4.1 innings
First run scored for the Angels tonight. over / under 5.2 innings
8th run scored for the Angels tonight. over / under 7.2 innings
all props -110
Are you sure you got those right?
my odds…… I’ll put you down for $200 on the under for the 8th run before 7.2 innings.
Ha ha. I don’t think we will get to 8 runs period!
We used up our run quota last night. Plus Kluber is pitching and he has been lights out.
They won’t get to eight
It is really refreshing seeing this type of fun coming from this team. Sosh was a no nonsense type of manager. Grandpa Pujols wouldnt let anyone crack a smile. The new young blood on the team has made this season so far very enjoyable. The cowboy hat is a great addition. This year feels much different than the previous years with all the fun that the kids are having.
You say that, but he had a few rows of players at his retirement announcement that were tearing up. The players loved Sosh.
I don’t think Napoli was there. 😂
Or Jose Guillen.
No one bats 1.000 in relationships
I think Sosh was under the Mendoza line at the time he left.
No. N players love the Soth. All misery. All hate. Make Soth go and never mouth his name again! Everything great with no Soth. Soth was the promblem.
The cowboy hat is stupid…. but it’s our stupid. I’m sure I’d hate it if A’ss were doing it.
I didn’t notice they were putting stickers on it for each HR until yesterday’s game.
Early kudos to both Perry and Joe.
Perry, for not dancing around the team’s problem, and found relatively inexpensive yet efficient solutions to the problem, even without a big splash.
Joe, for knowing how to play with the toys Perry gave him. For having the “magic touch” (whatever that is), in the lineup. For recognizing early on that Ohtani wasnt working out at leadoff and for recognizing Ward can thrive there (rather than your typical Fletch/Aybar leadoff types). For letting the kids play but also knowing when to pull the leash.
It’s nice to watch Angels baseball without currently stressing out when they will get out of the under-.500 hole, which seemed to be the way for a lot of years now.
Though sometimes Joe had to have his toys taken away *cough*C-shit*cough*
I saw a Twitter blurb on the Angels scouts attending Castillo’s first start. Could be cool.
David Price is also available. He could fit in a 6 man rotation…
minor league numbers:
Jo Adell, 4 for 9, .444 average, 1 HR in his 2 games.
The Plumber, .333 in 20 games, .832 OPS
Peguero, 1.74 ERA so that’s why
Buttrey, 8.44, ouch
Trey Cabbage, .340/.462/.701
Kevin Maitan, .146/.205/.183
Bachman, 0.00 only 3 innings but still…nice to see
Sileth, 1.73, 37Ks in 26 innings (7 walks)
I’m surprised Cabbage hasn’t been promoted to AAA yet. he’s destroying the Southern League.
He’ll leaf for Salt Lake soon enough.
He has really been shredding it.
And serving it up on a Trey.
He can’t both be shredding it (good) and serving it up on a tray (bad).
Well, I guess he could if he is the veggie hot pocket.
I wonder why the front office is giving him the iceberg treatment
Wow. Surprised about Buttrey. I wonder if the defense has been poor behind him or he’s just making bad pitches. If it is the latter then we can see why he has not been brought up.
Its Ty’s last 2 outings where he’s pitched 1-1/3 innings, he walked 2 but struck out none but he gave up 6 singles. These are the only hits & walks hes given up all year in 6 outings. So its not like they are hitting him hard. Buttrey’s not striking anyone out but in his last 2 outings he’s not throwing alot of strikes (only 26 strikes in 46 pitches ) and hes not missing alot of bats (only 2 swings and misses) . I think the major league batters would have a field day with him right now.
yeah, I am not so worried about the six singles, but the walks really concern me. Control is key for a guy like him. Really, he should be mowing those hitters down since he has Major League stuff and these guys are trying to make it there…
You know, he has had alot of time off so I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt here. But apparently he started well after coming back. Maybe his mechanics just got a little out of whack. It will be interesting to see if he can turn that around in his next 3-4 outings. I believe in him as far as his mental makeup etc, so if he can fix any technical issue/s and he is not hiding an injury then I think he is certainly better than those current numbers indicate.
They did before he retired. He throws nothing but meat balls down the middle. When his velo dipped he became a dud
Any word on how hard he actually throws now? I’m sure he’s got to build up, but we will likely not see him if he can’t sit at over 95MPH.
I was just going to post Adell’s two games stats and then I saw your comment. Let’s hope that he will see his defensive weaknesses as well and work to overcome them. The article in the Salt Lake Tribune indicated that he was not told why he was sent down but I don’t believe that. Adell could help this team a lot. Let’s hope that he can turn things around.
I’m with you. I’m quite sure he was told very specifically why and what he needs to work on, which in the field and the box is “seeing”.
Yeah, I read the article and a couple of comments Jo made really concern me. Chief among them was this :
“I don’t really know what exactly it will take or what there is left to show.”
Really dude? You don’t remember the HR that bounced off your glove? Or the wild throws back to the infield? Or the four base error? Or misplaying what should be fly ball outs into doubles?
I think this lack of insight is more troubling than the poor routes taken or lousy throws.
That’s a bummer. Wouldn’t be a shock if Boras starts getting involved.
I like Adell. I hope he turns it around and gets back to the show. However, if he really feels there is no need for improvement then..well…I just don’t know what to say.
Although he said these things, I suspect they are slightly out of context or maybe the questions were a bit begged. At the end of the article Adell says some more reasonable stuff. I suspect that he’s fine and just needs to practice more.
Yeah, I hope so. I like his potential as a solid Major League bat in our OF, but he really needs to take ownership of his defensive issues and work his butt off to fix them.
He needs a leader to tell him straight, his defense is not at major league level and his plate discipline needs maturity. I wish Marsh could tell him what’s up
Come on Arte…we need to see a check.
For $350M made out to Shohei Ohtani!!
Don’t have athletic so can’t speak to the specifics of their perceived “life skills” but its like they are treated as unpaid interns which is pretty lousy of MLB in general. Sadly this is not shocking. Owners are greedy and Manfred is a useful idiot in their employ.
Secondly, baseball doesn’t translate to actionable life skills in the real world for MiLB guys who don’t make big league rosters.
Here’s what the MLB lawyer said:
“It is the players that obtain the greater benefit from the training opportunities that they are afforded than the clubs, who actually just incur the cost of having to provide that training,” said Elise Bloom of Proskauer Rose, a firm that is also advising MLB in its lockout of major league players. “During the training season, the players are not employees, and would not be subject to either the Fair Labor Standards Act or any state minimum wage act.”
I consider this to be complete garbage. Training your staff is a normal business expense. Every job that I’ve had included some sort of payment for the days/hours of training.
Malarkey. Clubs train for the DIRECT benefit of the product itself!!!!
MLB lawyers are the worst. MiLB pay/living standards, the lockout…they are anti-player to the extreme. Most sports are, but its easier to abuse in baseball from A ball and up.
They do if they want a career in coaching in the prep, college or professional league
Just to clarify a bit on yesterday’s comment: Fletcher was injured during Spring Training. No funny stuff.
Let’s hope no one cut off his Johnson
You want a toe? I can get you a toe…
IF (and in baseball it is always if) Ohtani and Walsh have figured things out offense wise, Rendon plays to his potential and the team stays healthy…..well that would be something!!
Agree on the offense. It would be nice to find a solution at 2B and ss that does not hurt us offensively, but if those other things happen it might not matter…
The real questions are around starting pitching. Detmers is a weak spot among starters and somebody good needs to take the place of Suarez. We can’t do bullpen games every 6th day the rest of the season. So, that is two starting spots we need to figure out if Detmers does not improve significantly.
Also, I am keeping my fingers crossed that Sandoval remains fairly consistent. We absolutely HAVE to have him pitching at a high level if we want to compete with Houston and New York. Along those lines both he and Thor need to stay healthy!
Also, as Cowboy and others have stated we need more bullpen depth. Elvis is a liability. Let’s bring Buttrey up! Perry, what are you waiting for?
If they find someone good to replace Suarez I think Detmers is fine for the last spot in the rotation.
I guess it would depend how good that guy they find is. If he is pretty good, like 4th starter kind of good, then yes, we could probably live with Detmers (assuming there is at least some improvement over the season). It would just hurt too much to have two guys who are liabilities.
In September we’ll probably drop a guy from the rotation and shorten starts anyways. It is just that if you look at a team like the Dodgers they never have a guy starting a game with a 5.00 + ERA. Every starter (even the 5th starter) is pretty good if not excellent. That is what you are competing with if you want to be a great team and not just really good.
I think Detmers is absolutely fine for a 5th starter right now, and he has upside.
As far as a 6th starter goes…a guy who can eat some innings is gravy.
Don’t get me wrong — I am not ready to give up on Detmers. He is young and should get better. That said, I would not give him an infinite leash. He will have to show some improvement in results in order to stay in the rotation.
It’s also too soon to give up on Suarez for the year. He was pretty good last year.
Give him a few stats at AAA to see if he can fix things. His AAA start was decent although 4 BB is problematic.
I don’t think we can expect the rotation to compare to the Mets/Dodgers/Yankees. What it IS currently though, is Astros adjacent.
Detmers and Urquidy are fairly similar and while I’m not too informed on the Astros minors SP depth, I don’t think there are many arguing to remove him from the rotation.
The leash length is directly correlated to how many dogs are in the kennel. We don’t have those dogs right at the moment. He’s 5th starter material right NOW, and he has the stuff to improve if he can get some more consistency.
I feel good about the rotation and its ability to help the Angels compete with Houston through the entire year.
Sights are on the division first.
I guess it depends upon where you have your sights set. Like I said, if you want to be “great” as opposed to really good. But your comment about comparing ourselves to Houston first makes sense and I pretty much agree with it. And Urquidy is a pretty good comp for Detmers, in fact both guys have identical FIP’s of 4.45.
That’s the other thing though. We might be great. It may end up being a team chemistry thing over pure talent though (or really, a combination).
There is so much to like about this team and its potential.
It is true that there is much to like, and I was saying that last year and the year before when we were losing !! On the other hand if all of us said “Boy things are great, this team is fantastic, everything is perfect” there would not be anything to talk about, lol.
The point, and really the fun of a site like this is that we can get into nuances and discuss making minor improvements to the team. Again, if not we could just say we’re great, all agree and have nothing to talk about.
Detmers has options. So if the Angels did grab a rotation arm (not sure they will) we’d likely have Detmers, Suarez, Diaz, and Canning in AAA.
For people wanting depth, that’s about as good as we’ve hd in a long time.
Glad you mentioned Diaz. I had forgotten about him. It might be worth giving him an extended look. He could possibly be significantly better than Detmers, which would help us alot. Or would could keep Reid in the rotation as a 6th starter and try Diaz as the 5th starter.
All this talk about starting pitchers has left me interested in what we are going to do with its little brother, the bull pen?
Love the triangle of death Loup, Tepera, Iggy. A lot less positive/confident about the rest of the gang.
What’s wrong with Ortega?
So far so good. Same with Herget. Others are doing well…feel better with another proven arm or two…and then we can get rid of Elvis.
Nothing, he’s a happy surprise.
I think every fan base wants more arms, particularly bullpen arms.
The triangle of death is enviable for any squad. Herget is surprising me right now, Bradley should be back soon, still have guys with potential in Warren and Wantz. Then there’s Elvis, who has been pretty good.
I think the team can roll with the current bullpen and look to add in July if they feel the need to do so.
We really haven’t had a triangle of death since Donkey, Shields, K-Rod.
Wasn’t it more like, Donnelly, Weber, K-Rod? Shields was the rubber-armed glue that held the whole thing together.
Shields was the setup guy in the K-Rod era.
IIRC, Donkey/Weber/Percy was 2002 regular season, before K-Rod.
I guess I’ll keep banging the drum
1 ER in the past 10 innings for Mayers
Yea…. but I don’t FEEEL like he’s good so he sucks.
So you’re saying that Detmers has a man-crush on Dan Haren?
Speaking of which…did we hear from 5thStarter during the CWS series?
Got my tix for the Saturday evening game in Oakland. Thanks to the collapse of the A’ss attendance, I was able to snag front row behind the Angels dugout.
Bring waders just in case the shitter’s full.
Yep the Oakland Coliseum is a real piece of work. I think those are the seats that were removable for Raiders games ( I doubt they have upgraded them) So when people stomp their feet the whole section shakes like elevated metal bleachers. I also thought it was weird that as you go towards the first base line your seats actually are closer to the foul line than the visitors dugout so you can almost look into the visitors dugout from your seats during the games.
You can. A few years back I sat in the section just past the dugout.
Here’s the view from my seats.
How do we post images on this site?
Just put the URL of the image — not the page it’s on — into the comment. CtPG will go grab the pic.
i.e. (i’m putting space in so it won’t be translated to a pic):
I got it to work!
The only times I have ever sat that close was in Spring Training games a couple of years ago. Once you do it, at least for me, it’s hard to go back to the nose bleed seats that are somewhat affordable.
My wife and I are planning on retiring in Puerto Rico in a couple of years (she is from there). One of our requirements is close to a town with a baseball team (a lot of them have them) where I hope to attend many, many games. I am trying to learn Spanish so I can understand the announcers, besides being able to converse with most of the population! She tells me they are often very animated and can be pretty funny.
Very cool. I am looking to retire in Mexico and also want a town with a baseball team. I think the Spanish will come pretty quickly once you are immersed.
The Spanish are coming? Didn’t they leave Mexico in like the early 1800’s?
I thought the British were coming?
The Russians are coming too!
Only in porn films.
The Royal Fluffer
I’m going to the 8/10 day game.
I might be at that game, too. We’re trying to convince our CEO to pop for a suite as a “team building” exercise. Of course I picked games when the Angels are in Oakland.
Planning to take my son to an Angels-A’s series in Oakland this year (not this upcoming one though). Never been to that dump but he needs to see this team this year.
Do you have any advice on parking? I don’t want to take BART or anything.
Unfortunately, I don’t. I’ve always taken BART to the games (never had any problem with BART or the nutty passengers).
I’m gonna be going straight from the airport. However, my cousin will be picking me up, so I get to avoid BART.
Generally, I’ve had no issues with BART, but my son has autism and the confined space is something I’d like to avoid.
Seeing a game in Oakland will be perfect for him since they have no fans lol.
Just pay to park in the lot. I prefer the North lot for easier in and out.
With peeps talking about going to away games, just bought our tickets for the Angels game in Seattle on August 5th. First time going to an away game for the Angels. Section 236.
Nice. I really liked Seattle’s ballpark when I was up there in 2015. Saw the Angels lose to King Felix.
Never like to see the Angels lose, but the experience of seeing Seattle’s star shine in front of his home crowd was cool. I always appreciated Felix as a player.
For extra 20 dollars, perhaps you can sit in the Angels dugout?
My cousin told me we’ve got second row 1B line, just outside the infield.
Not quite ready to go ToD yet, but these guys look awfully good. Could be.
Two questions: 1) the little green ribbon worn on the left chest of the uniform is for what charity? I googled it and a green ribbon can represent a number of charities.
and 2) I believe the cowboy hat celebration thing in the dugout began when they were playing the Tex Rangers a few weeks ago. Correct?
Comment – the team seems like they are really having fun. The smiles on the players faces in the dugouts are like they are kids playing baseball in the sandlot again.
I agree but would also say having fun is easier when winning.
Green ribbons represent Mental Health Awareness month I believe. TB bullpen catcher died by suicide in January so I imagine it has significant meaning for them as well.
(2) No it started at the beginning of the season at the Big A. Unfortunately the Angels only hit very few homers during that homestead so no-one really had a chance to comment on it. For some unknown reason none of the announcers have taken the effort to investigate what the genesis is for the Cowboy hat other than it is similar to other teams HR celebrations like the Blue Jays ( Blue Blazer) Or Padres (Gold Blink Blink) I would have to think its a tribute to the Cowboy Gene Autry but who knows?
Tribute to Gene Autry sound logical.
That is more fortuitous I think, but it makes sense to keep doing it.
Nice sentiment for those of us who remember, but really how many players in the dugout would even know who Gene Autry was? I think the hat was just there.
I cannot remember if it was during a game, pre-game, or post-game, but it was mentioned that someone, maybe the travelling assistant??, left a cowboy hat down in the dugout and it took off from there.
That is what I remember, someone left a Cowboy hat behind and they adopted the ownerless hat. Took off from there. Stickers now after each HR.
If it keeps going, we’ll get a documentary about it, it will get its own Twitter, Instagram…life of its own…..I suggested it get its own security team, treat it like the Stanley Cup.
Yeah, I saw the stickers. Kind of like an Ohio State helmet.
The Angels lead all of MLB in HR’s so I imagine that hat will fill up with stickers pretty quickly !!
That’s what I remember. Tyler Wade found a random hat and dropped it on somebody’s head during the opening homestand. First I can remember seeing it was Rendon vs. Miami in the getaway game.
I think the Autry part is a coincidence. These players are way too young to have met or known about Gene. I think it is a really fortunate coincidence and the main reason I liked keeping the ritual when it popped up in that Texas series.
It is a coincidence but I really love the coincidence. I think for anybody 40ish or above we see that.
Also, made Big Fly’s Gene Autry tribute shirt look pretty cool when I wore it to the game the other day.
Link is borked. Here’s the proper link.
Print more..that is the must have shirt this year.
Maybe he can add the stickers, update the amount on the T-shirt every month….call it the Cowboy26. With Cowboy26’s permission of course.
I’ll gladly trade my licensing fee for a 2022 World Series Ring
About the hat: https://podcasts.apple.com/ar/podcast/ep-84-we-got-the-cowboy-on-our-side-bash-bros-ohtani/id1493930758?i=1000557586299
Though maybe it’s better leaving the origin to legend, so in that case…
I found the storytelling to be mostly uninspiring. So I’m going to stick with the legend that the concept of the Cowboy hat came from a dream Mike Trout had about Gene Autry.
Cowboy, you seem to understand how folk culture and folk music work ! So-called “reality” is only a lump of clay to be molded.
Now you sound like a Trashstro or Yankee fan.
I prefer the Mob’s use of “cowboy that guy” as the origin.
Yeah, the storytelling is pretty much unintelligible.
Franco and Margot looked really good last night, really good players for the Rays. I hope that the Rays or maybe even the Jays win that Eastern Division and that other two that are not Orioles miss out.
Margot also looked good in Superman….
As I recall, the last time that happened, they expanded the playoffs.
Uh Oh SpaghettiOs
You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay, or you can call me RJ….
I’m on the east coast – went to bed with the Halos up by two runs (3-1), was thrilled to wake up to the blitz in the 7th and the OHTANI-SLAM.
Let the good times roll!
“Woke up this morning feeling fine, got Angels winning last night on my mind.” 🎸 🎺 🎶
Good morning and here is to having a great day. (raising my Angels coffee mug, the one from 1978). Now to baseball, we will be having a back up OFer someone here named him GG for Gold Glove because Darren Sutton constantly reminded us of the fact that he won one while playing for the Mets about the last time we made the Playoffs. That is good news for us, not so much for probably Renny.
Tonight Ward is most likely to rejoin us in the Lead-off spot. Great for us, not so much for the Rays.
Excitement has returned Big Time here as more of us come to realize that “We are into something good” (Herman’s Hermits 1964). We won’t win every night as you already know, but winning more than losing is fun and waiting for comebacks that are more than just possible is something that has been missing for a long, long time, is exhilarating to say the least.
Our pitching is keeping us in the game and we have clutch hitting by everyone, but Trout is just having a regular MVP season (He is Marvelous Baby, just Marvelous) , and with Shohei hitting behind him there is always a great possibility of excitement happening like last nights Granny. For the next two games if you leave the screen or radio to make dinner, run errands or take a shower, the rest of us get to see the Halos go to work.
Now for the important stuff, I only think we will win tonight, don’t bet the farm yet, and yes I said we would take 2 outta 3, but Detmers has not shown we can depend on him as much as some rely on Depends. (a little humor, yes very little) so thinking we only may sweep. No score prediction either, besides I thought we would get a pitcher’s duel last night, boy did I ever screw that up.
See you at game time tonight, btw if you are going to the game, dress warm.
Woodward was right, and had the cajones to say it. The new Yankee Stadium is a bandbox and a joke. The old stadium was a museum. The new version is a cheap imitation of the old one.
But then he had to retract and clarify his comments so the New York cesspool industrial complex doesn’t try to ruin him from future baseball jobs.
I took a trip to New York with the fiancé and some buddies last summer to catch a game at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. Citi Field impressed the heck out of me. A beautiful ballpark that reminded me a bit of Petco Park. Meanwhile Yankee Stadium was so boring. I was really excited to visit Monument Park only to find out they close it 45 minutes before first pitch. I walked by 42 minutes before to my very unpleasant surprise. The game presentation at Yankee Stadium was also incredible boring, similar to Angel Stadium (not including this year). Overall, Yankee Stadium is very, very boring. They really did a terrible job at building that industrial complex.
The old one wasn’t very impressive to me either…it had been redone so many times you never got a sense that any of the greats played on that field. Very meh..
Went to Fenway on the same trip, that place was a time capsule! Hate the Red Sox’s love Fenway, you could see Ted Williams actually played here……ditto for Wrigley Field, loved great sense of history.
Did Camden Yard on the same trip, great stadium, that felt older, more historic than old Yankee shit hole.
Sounds like an awesome trip.
I did the Fenway tour when I was there in 2009. It was definitely a time capsule. After spending about 45 minutes touring the ballpark we sat in the seats about third base and I could almost see Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and the host of legends who played there.
I hit Wrigley in 2015 about 3 weeks after my Seattle trip. By then they were adding video boards and stuff but the actual ballpark still felt old. Just the experience of riding the El and walking through Wrigleyville to a day game was incredible.
Can’t wait to do both again with my son.
Took the El from the Loop to Wrigleyville with the Miss UCs in 2017 (I think). Loved the stadium.
Took the Fenway tour in 2016, with V. Enjoyed it.
Was at New MFY stadium for a game in 2014, again with the Miss UCs. Was not impressed, though the MFY fans were a lot less annoying in their home territory (and they weren’t playing the Halos, so my Angels cap wasn’t a big deal). Like you, Twebur, I was disappointed that Monument Park was closed. Though the museum was pretty cool, especially the Larson/Yogi exhibit.
As for other stadiums, I love Petco. It’s a great park. I loved Safeco (now T-Mobile). Both stadia have a great in-game experience. Puts the in-game experience at the Big A to shame.
Been to Nationals Park, but it felt very generic.
Have a 35m film container full of dirt from the waring track from Fenway…the batting cage under the bleachers in right field was cool to see. Our guide claim that Ted Williams practically lived in there. Remember the oddly shaped hot dog buns and of course Old Style beer from Chicago. Also took the tour of the Boston Garden, saw several giant rats, that was a fascinating shit hole.
When the Cubs did ST at HoHoKam, they had Old Style there. Don’t know if they do it as Mesa.
Did mine in 94. Loved Wrigleyville, almost caught a HR of Steve Buechele top row leftfield bleachers, sat behind home plate another game with Eric Gregg calling balls and strikes. If you remember him, couldn’t see anything. Great pizza, bars, great atmosphere.
Loved Seattle too, great park, still smell the garlic fries.
By the FSM’s noodly appendage. That was horrible. First, the runner’s foot was on the plate. Second, the catcher dropped the ball post-tag, with the foot still on the plate. Barstool is right, that’s Angel Hernandez quality umpiring.
Third, it didn’t matter if the runner’s foot had left the plate. Once you touch home plate safely, you can’t be tagged out.