Father’s Day 2008

June 15, 2008 on 11:06 pm | In Angels | No Comments

I want to thank my Father for being such a great Dad. I am truly blessed to have such a great family. My son and daughter made the day special. I am so proud of both of them.
We had a great bbq and swim at my house. My parents and my sister’s family came over. My parents marinated the steaks with my favorite recipe of theirs. I grilled up the steaks and we had a good time. My sister and nephew were a bit miffed that we beat them in water polo ;)

I was also able to attend my third consecutive Father’s Day Game. In 2006 we went to Oakland and saw the Dodgers and A’s play (we were in town for Angels game the following night). In 2007 we attended the Angels game at Dodger Stadium. This year we went to Angel Stadium for the ESPN game of the week featuring the Atlanta Braves vs the Angels of Anaheim.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to my Dad and any Fathers reading this!

WALK OFF GRAND SLAM!

April 7, 2008 on 11:55 pm | In Angels | 1 Comment

Baseball season is back and I’ve been to all of the games at the stadium this week.

Friday night I held the flag on the field for the national anthem at the home opener. Below is a photo I took from my phone while holding the flag with the other hand:

Opening Night at Angel Stadium 2008

Tonight the Angels opened up a series against the Indians. The starting pitching was phenomenal. Joe Saunders pitched eight solid innings for the Angels and the Indians countered with Fausto Carmona. I took my eight-year-old son and he kept score the entire game.

In the middle of the game, Casey Kotchman fouled off a pitch into the Diamond Club and I tried to reach over the divider and grab it with my one free hand. I had a pizza in my right hand and just got a finger on the foul ball with my left hand. I was disappointed that I didn’t get the ball.

The game was tied at one in the eighth inning when Torii Hunter came up to bat and hit a solo home run. Francisco Rodriguez came in to close out the ninth inning and fell apart. He was pulled and Scot Shields continued to let the game slip away. I was thinking how my luck has dwindled away. I missed out on a foul ball and the Angels were now losing 4-2 and were likely to lose a game that they should have won. They haven’t lost after leading in the eighth inning for years. The first batter for the Angels in the bottom of the ninth hit a fly ball for the first out.
My luck changed with the next batter. Gary Matthews Jr. fouled a ball back and it went to the section to my left. I jumped out of my seat and stood at the end of the aisle. It took a huge bounce and I jumped up to grab the ball and secured it with both hands. Nobody else even touched it and it seemed as though it came right to me. I was ecstatic that I caught the ball. This was only the second foul ball I’ve ever got after attending hundreds of games. This was the first one fouled off by an Angels player. The other one was pitched by an Angels player.

After I caught the Matthews foul ball, Matthews walked and Vladdy and Garret got on base to load up the bases for Torii Hunter. Torii hit his second home run of the game, a walk-off grand slam! Many in the crowd had departed early but those of us that were still there went crazy!

It just goes to show that anything can happen and sometimes when you are feeling down on your luck, something great may be waiting just around the corner. As they say, never give up and it isn’t over until it’s over! Below is the foul ball that I caught.

Game Used Ball from Angels vs Indians, 4-07-08

Honda Ridgeline Video on Anaheim Ducks Website

March 24, 2008 on 11:42 pm | In Angels | No Comments

You can watch the actual video I submitted on the Anaheim Ducks NHL website. You can check it out here.

Honda Ridgeline Video

March 4, 2008 on 12:27 am | In Angels | No Comments

The Anaheim Ducks and Honda have a contest where you state what you would do to win a Honda Ridgeline. I made a video for the contest and it was aired at the Honda Center tonight. It was a really cool feeling to hear the audience reaction to the video. You can watch the videos from tonight by clicking here.

Honorary Duck

February 20, 2008 on 11:58 pm | In Angels | No Comments

Christian was the Honorary Duck tonight. Check out the video here. I will post photos soon.

First Class Organization

February 19, 2008 on 7:16 pm | In Angels | No Comments

I must say the Anaheim Ducks and their players are truly a first class organization. Today I attended the First Flight Field Trip with my son. I had suggested to one of the teachers at his school (Michelle Kauten) that the children attend this event. The Ducks put on quite a production for the kids. It was entertaining, educational, and most importantly captivating. There were over 16,000 in attendance and to keep them entertained over a 3 hour period is no easy feat. The event was free and they gave away posters to all in attendance. The Ducks even gave away a team signed and framed jersey to a lucky child.

Our bus was late so as we waited outside we saw a couple of Ducks players leaving. I was quite impressed that Kent Huskins and Chris Kunitz signed autographs for everyone that wanted one. The kids were very thrilled to get their posters signed.

The Ducks put on so many great events throughout the community and for season ticket holders and kids club members. I can’t imagine any other hockey club doing a better job than they are. Tomorrow night my son will be the honorary Duck and gets to sit in the penalty box for pre-game warmups. I am looking forward to that.

Below are some pics from some recent appearances the Ducks have made.

Aces and Athletes Casino Night

January 13, 2008 on 3:06 pm | In Angels | No Comments

Last night was the annual fundraiser for OCCAPC at Palm Gardens in Newport. There seemed to be many more people there this time. There were plenty of athletes as well including JS Giguere, Sammy Pahlson, Chris Pronger, Darin Erstad, John Lackey, Adam Kennedy, Chuck Finley, Mickey Hatcher, Bobby Grich, Clyde Wright, Robb Nen, and more.

There was great food and an open bar (including Peroni). We started off the evening checking out the silent auctions. Giguere was near the items he had donated, so I talked with him a bit regarding the championship and the items he donated. After grabbing a couple of drinks and some food we sat at a table to eat with Sammy Pahlson, JS Giguere, and their wives. We talked with them for a bit until they were called away to go pose with the Stanley Cup for a magazine.

Had a good conversation with John Lackey including a discussion of his favorite water hole, the Goathill Tavern. He also introduced his fiance to us. Talked to Clyde Wright a bit and he mentioned the appearance by Nolan in Newport. He also said he will be going on a golf outing with Nolan in Austin, Texas in April. Mickey Hatcher remembered us from last year and we had a great conversation regarding the Angels. We spoke with Mickey throughout the night. Really cool guy.

We played poker and Phil ended up at the final table. I bid on quite a few items in the silent auction including a 2004 Vladimir Guerrero team issued jersey, Teemu Selanne stick, JS Giguere stick, a jersey signed by all the athletes, and an Honorary Duck for a Game certificate.

I was outbid on everything at the end. The one item I was trying to focus on was the Honorary Duck for the game certificate. At the very last second I was outbid by someone and she said it was because of my last name? I questioned why and she asked if I knew who she was. I said no and she said she was Jim Everett’s wife. I told her my name was pronounced like CD-ROM not Rome. Her husband was on the Jim Rome show once and Rome kept calling him Kris. I knew the story, so after clearing my name, she offered to let me take it as the high bidder. The certificate is good for four plaza seats (they are the GM, Brian Burke’s seats) and we get to watch the pregame warmups from inside the penalty box. Afterwards my son will get to meet a Ducks player and receive an autographed stick from them. He will be shown as the Honorary Duck on the jumbotron during the game.

I sat and spoke with Chuck Finley for a little bit. I had him sign a retro Angels cap for me. Below is a pic Aaron took of us.

Chuck Finley and Rob Rohm

Later in the evening I spoke to Darin Erstad regarding game used helmets and the latest on his career. He signed his helmet and inscribed game used on it. I also had him sign a couple of banners of him that hung at Angel Stadium. Here is a photo of him and I discussing the helmet.

Darin Erstad and Rob Rohm

It was a great evening, I could go on and on but I will cut it with a couple more pics below:

Aaron Jacoby, Mickey Hatcher and Rob Rohm

Aaron Jacoby, Robb Nen, Rob Rohm, and Phil Lau

Nolan Ryan in Newport Beach!

January 5, 2008 on 11:04 am | In Angels | 44 Comments

Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan will join the USC baseball coaching staff for a round-table discussion of his life in the majors Jan. 23 at The Cannery in Newport Beach.
“A Night With Nolan Ryan” will begin with cocktails and appetizers at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. and the round table at 8 p.m. A memorabilia signing will conclude the evening.
A minimum donation of $500 per plate will be required for the dinner. Proceeds will go to the USC baseball program and the Rod Dedeaux Research for Baseball Institute.
For more information, call 213-740-5762.

It’s about time that Nolan Ryan was back in Southern California!

It was twenty years ago today!

December 5, 2007 on 1:49 am | In Life In General | 3 Comments

Time flies. I can’t believe it has been twenty years since I was in the midst of a three night concert run. I was seventeen years old and a senior in high school.
On Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 1987 I went to see the Jesus and Mary Chain at San Diego State University on the Darklands Tour.

Jesus and Mary Chain concert ticket from 1987

The following night on Dec. 4th, 1987, on a rainy Friday evening, I had fourth row seats on the floor to see Depeche Mode on the Music for The Masses Tour. This show happened six months before the same show was performed at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the famous 101 Concert for the Masses.

Depeche Mode concert ticket from Music for the Masses tour

I purchased the fourth row seats from a ticket broker for $95 per ticket. My Dad obtained some free tickets in the Forum’s exclusive Senate section from Budweiser. He had been trying to score some backstage passes for me and was able to obtain these tickets. I still have the full ticket from one of the seats.

Depeche Mode full concert ticket from Music for the Masses tour

I have the newspaper advertisement announcing the show.

Depeche Mode Forum Concert Advert 1987

The third night on Dec. 5th, 1987, I attended the Love and Rockets concert on their Earth, Sun, and Moon Tour. The opening act was Jane’s Addiction. My friend and I ended up hanging out and partying at the dorms after the concert. Not too bad for a pair of high school kids.
Love and Rockets 1987 Concert Ticket Stub

1987 was a great time for music. These concerts were some of the best ever. Oh to be young again!

The good news that I heard today is that Depeche Mode will be recording in Feb/Mar of 2008 and an album and tour will follow.

Elfin’ Good Time

December 1, 2007 on 6:18 pm | In Angels | 4,222 Comments

For an Elfin’ Good Time, click on this link.

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