Entering the 2018 season, Angel Stadium or any variation of the name that you would like to use (Anaheim Stadium, Edison International Field, The Big A or The Big Ed) plays host to its 52nd season of Angels Baseball.
The fourth oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball only behind Fenway, Wrigley and Dodger Stadium. The Big A has seen its fair share of Major League Legends pass through and play on the grass and run on the dirt in Anaheim, it has seen its fair share of big games including 3 MLB All Star Games (1967, 1989 and 2010), and not to mention play host to the 2002 World Series games 1,2,6 and the deciding game 7. The Big A since its renovation in 1998 has consistently been regarded as a great place to watch a baseball game, and its family friendly atmosphere is what its known for, from its Rock Pile fountain that shoots up water to its fireworks display and not to mention its newly added HD screens. A very beautiful Stadium in its own way.
Beautiful, indeed. The greenest grass you have ever seen, the smell that you can’t describe but it’s the smell that lets you know that you’re at The Big A. The entrance and exit ramps that zig zag you from level to level, and if you’re lucky maybe one of the rails of those ramps is chipped and it uncovers a bright orange paint that takes you back to old Anaheim Stadium and reminds you of running through that same ramp as a child. Beautiful… the Sunday 1:05 pm games and sitting in $4 general admission, using your binoculars because you’re sitting so high up but your just trying to get a glimpse of Luis Polonia stealing a base. Beautiful… the old faded tan and orange seats and the pressbox in view level on the first base side. Beautiful indeed.
However the one thing that worries me is that many of us may take for granted just how beautiful The Big A truly is. You know the saying, “You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” Now I’m not saying that The Big A is going anywhere but many times I have gone home after a game and realized that I was just at the game and that it blew by, and I was in and out. Let’s just take the time to look around and appreciate what sits before us as we cheer on our Halos because it is BEAUTIFUL.