Excerpt from “APRIL 28”

Published September 17, 2015

Gone to the Dogs – In Search of the Best Ballpark Hotdog by Tom Lohr

Excerpt from “APRIL 28”:

Can one spend most of the day playing disc golf? The answer to that question
is yes. I only had to get across town to see the Angels play for my next game,
making it the first day in my road trip that I didn’t have at least 100 miles to cover
between games. After another restless night in a Wal-mart parking lot in a suburb
that allows overnight parking, I hit the disc golf courses hard, updated my blog,
and found some free parking on the street on the south side of the paid parking lot
for Angel Stadium.

Angel Stadium is very much like Dodger Stadium in that it was built in the 1960s
and is of a semicircular design. They are sort of like cousins—lots of similarities,
but still different. It doesn’t help that the ballpark is located near several amusement
parks, either. It detracts from the baseball vibe. The park itself has undergone
major renovations since its inception, including one that installed a fake rocky area
with a faux stream running through it. The stadium looks like an incomplete construction
site, and as the fourth oldest ballpark in the MLB, it shows its age. The
Angels would be better off spending the millions they gave to Albert Pujols on a
new venue, but they do have the Rally Monkey, which is a small monkey in an
Angels jersey that appears on the scoreboard in the late innings when the Angels
are down a few runs. I love kitsch.