After opening the season with a four game series in Oakland, the Angels return home to start their first homestand of the 2017 campaign. The club will take on A.L. West opponents, the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, in two, three-game series.
The homestand begins Friday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Mariners (Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9). Following an off day, the homestand will conclude with the Rangers (Tuesday, April 11 - Thursday, April 10). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:
- Prior to the game, the U.S. Army Color Guard will be introduced and unfurl a 300' American flag in the outfield while the U.S. Air Force will fly over the stadium with their C-17 aircraft.
- Angels Hall of Fame pitcher Chuck Finley will throw out the honorary first pitch to Angels Certified Athletic Trainer Rick Smith. Holds franchise records for wins (165), games started (379) and innings pitched (2675). Also ranks in top five in games (436), complete games (57), shutouts (14) and strikeouts (2,151). Went on to finish career with a 200-173 record and a 3.85 ERA in 524 games and was a five time All-Star (four times with Angels). Smith is in his 42nd season with the organization and 40th campaign as an Angels Certified Athletic Trainer.
NEW IN 2016
- Numerous concession stands and menu items will be introduced throughout the regular season starting with Opening Night. Below are a few of the latest additions to Angel Stadium:
- Coca-Cola is the biggest addition to Angels' food and concessions this year. Coke has stepped in as the Angels soft drink sponsor.
- Two well known locations around the stadium have changed their titles. The old Shocktop Brew Pub has been changed to the Saint Archer Brewing Co. (Section 347), and the Kettle One Club has been altered to the Don Julio Club (Behind home plate).
- Two of the newest food stands at the stadium are Oke Poke and Johnny Macs. Poke is, "A classic Hawaiian dish comprised of sliced, raw fish and various mix-ins. Poke is the Hawaiian verb for 'section' or to 'slice or cut." The stand is located on the 3rd Base Food Court and will offer Poke Burritos, Poke Bowls and Shaved Ice. Johnny Macs is a beef jerky distributer and can be found at the 1st/3rd Base Food Courts, Sections 112, 122, Corner Market 221, 244, 317 and 334.
HONORS FOR MIKE TROUT
Prior to the game on Saturday, April 8th, Angels will honor Mike Trout in an on-field pregame ceremony as recipient of the 2016 American League Most Valuable Player award and Silver Slugger award. This marks Trout's second A.L. MVP and second of last three seasons. He becomes the first Angel to win the award multiple times. Trout also becomes just the 27th player to win multiple MVP awards and, at 25 years and 56 days old at the end of the season, is third youngest player to ever win the award multiple times. After finishing in top 2 of MVP voting each of his first five full seasons, Trout joins Barry Bonds (1999-04) as only players to ever accomplish feat in five-or-more consecutive seasons.
Trout was tabbed a Louisville Silver Slugger in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Is first player in A.L. history to win award in each of first five full big league seasons and just second Major leaguer to accomplish feat (Mike Piazza, won award in each of first 10 full seasons). Also became youngest player to win award five times and only player in franchise history to capture award five times.
FULLERTON COLLEGE NIGHT
On Saturday night, April 8th, Fullerton College will occupy the area by Gate 5 and distribute their Fullerton College themed Angels caps. Students of the college will have the chance to visit booths and receive prizes and giveaways from the school and its associated organizations.
In a pregame ceremony, Fullerton College, and President Dr. Greg Schulz, will also honor seven of its players and coaches from various athletics. The seven honorees will be Tim Byrnes, Jordan Hoy, Emil Graves, Perry Webster, Ian Fox, Natasha Trujillo and Gabbi Perez.
LITTLE LEAGUE DAY Sunday, April 9th, will mark the first of four Little League Days hosted by the Angels in 2017. A total of 7,000 kids from the Crescent (District 29) and San Juan Capistrano (District 68) Little Leagues will be in attendance for the afternoon. Players from each league will march in a parade on the field's warning track before the matchup against the Mariners.
Three players have been chosen to participate in the Angels pregame activities. Jacob Cervantes will be the Angels Honorary Bat Kid, Jonathan Sussman will throw out the first pitch and Sean Oehlers will give the 'Play Ball' announcement.
- Saturday, April 8th is the first Saturday Night Spectacular at Angel Stadium presented by Wells Fargo. At the conclusion of each Saturday night game, fans are invited to stay and enjoy a fireworks display.
- Prior to Friday's home opener, a band will perform live music by the home plate gate, near the hats. Their set will begin at 5:00 pm and will last until game start.
- Alongside the live music, AM 830 will be broadcasting live in front of the circle planter by Gate 3 and ticket windows from 5:00-7:00 pm.
- On Thursday, April 12th, Azusa Pacific University will be honoring a selected group of its professors during the 'Teachers are Heroes' pregame ceremony.
- NBC will be holding its 'Weather Day' on Thursday, April 13th, before first pitch. In a 30 minute presentation, NBC weather man Fritz Coleman, and other on-air personalities, will be educating 500 kids on weather.
GIVEAWAYS (while supplies last)
- Upon entrance to the games on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th, fans will be given an Angels wall calendar, presented by U.S. Bank.
- Upon entrance to the game on Wednesday, April 12th, the Angels will be giving away a tote bag courtesy of MLB Network.