Angels Spring Training 2018

My dad and I went to see Angels Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium. We woke up at 4:30 AM to catch our flight which boarded at 6:15. The flight only lasted 55 minutes. When we arrived, my dad and I took a Lyft to our hotel. It was a Courtyard Marriot. The Courtyard was finished in 2017.

We didn’t know what we would do on Saturday, so we went to see Shohei Otani pitch. He is known as the Babe Ruth of Japan. Before the game, there was a live band.

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They played “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

 There was a lot of Japenese media,  and they televised the game in Japan.

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These are just a few of the many people that were at Tempe Diablo Stadium from Japan.

 

Otani is pitching in the picture below.

 

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It might be hard to see, but Otani is pitching.

When he walked onto the field, Otani had a translator because he can’t speak much English.

 

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The translator is right behind Otani.

Since it was Spring Training, they weren’t as strict about seating. We never even sat in the seats we bought. Passing the concession stand, there were ladies who sang “Hot Dog.” That probably did generate more sales than normal.

Otani wasn’t as good as everyone thought he would be. That might be because he needs to get used to his team. The Angels ended up winning that game. It was against the Brewers.

There was another one the next day against the Padres.

 

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We arrived at the game early, so not many people were there.

 

Otani didn’t pitch that game, though. The Angels still won. We met some of our friends at that game. They had to leave after the third inning.

Going to Arizona was fun even though I was only there for three days.

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Vacation to Arizona: Day Two

If you don’t already know, I went to Arizona. On day two, we went to Angels Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

The Angels were playing the Diamondbacks. Our friends, Blane and Makela, were there. We got seats in the Party Patio. It has free hot dogs, hamburgers, salad and drinks. Later, they brought out dessert.

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The view from the Party Patio.

In the first inning, the Diamondbacks didn’t score. When the Angels were up, Kole Calhoun hit a single and then Albert Pujols hit a two run home run. The Angels scored two more that inning. About halfway through the game, the Angels were winning seven to one. The Diamondbacks tried to make a comeback by scoring three more runs. Fortunately, it didn’t work. I do not mean to offend any Diamondbacks fans, but I was glad the Angels won. That day was very fun.

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Vacation to Arizona: Day One