CONTESTANT #7. FEMALE FAN.
NAME: MEGAN MCLAUGHLIN
TEAM: LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
THE STORY OF MY FANHOOD: “I have been an Angels fan since the day I was born, and I was born into an Angels loving family. In fact, I am named after Nolan Ryan (my middle name). Although I technically live closer to Los Angeles, the Angels have always been my team. My Uncle worked for the Dodgers, but I always had to rub it in how the Angels were my favorite team. When I was younger I attended games to spend time with my parents and younger brother, who are also diehard Angels fans. As I grew up I began to watch the game and understand the rules more. I grew to love the game in itself, but I grew to love the Angels more and more every game. I always wanted to play baseball, and when I went to sign up for Little League I was shocked they made me play softball. Although I was on many different softball teams in Little League, my absolute favorite one was the Angels, named after my favorite team. I continued to play softball until I graduated from high school, but I always enjoyed watching baseball more. The one thing I could look forward to after a long day at school and softball practice was coming home to watch an Angels game on TV with my family.
Not only is there something Angels related in every single room in my house, my ENTIRE family room is filled with Angels memorabilia - from autographed baseballs and pictures, to players bobble heads, and even the Angels beer bottles from the stadium. We even have a foul pole and outfield wall padding! When we have friends or family over we no longer refer to it as the family room, but as the Baseball Room.
One of the greatest baseball memories I have is the 2002 World Series. I attended Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, and my ears were ringing for days after that game. My parents bought an Angels bottle opener that plays what Rory Markas said during the last inning of the game. My brother and I have even memorized it… “Fly ball center field, Erstad says he’s got it, Erstad makes the catch! The Anaheim Angels are the Champions of baseball!!”
My family and I attended Fan Fest 2009 in Anaheim, as well as Fan Fest 2010 in Tempe. Decked out in full Angels attire, we were able to meet some of the greatest players in baseball, as well as some of the Women in Baseball, who the movie “A League of Their Own” was based off of.
Now, as a junior at Arizona State University, I attend as many Angels Spring Training practices and games as I can. I actually chose ASU because I knew the Angels played their Spring Training games at Tempe Diablo Stadium, not too far from the campus. The practices are not only a great way to watch the players before the actual season starts, but also a fantastic time to try to talk to them. This Spring Training season alone, I’ve gone to 4 Angels practices and had the amazing opportunity to meet Angels players, past and present, the Angels owner Arte Moreno, and the new Angels GM, Jerry Dipoto. Each and every player I have had the chance to meet has been EXTREMELY kind and happy to take a picture with a fan, which is another reason I love this team.
After one of the games last season my mom and I waited an hour and a half by the back gate to the stadium for a chance to meet my all-time favorite baseball player, Tim Salmon. After a while, he finally walked out with his family and I was able to ask for an autograph and picture. In the picture I took with him, although it’s not the sharpest, you can see my eyes watering because I was so happy to meet him. That opportunity will always remain one of my favorite moments, ever.
I just have to say that another reason I love the Angels is because the players are so down to Earth, funny, and kind. One day this season when my brother and I were at Spring Training practice, the outfielders walked on to the main field at Tempe Diablo Stadium to do their drills. We heard someone singing, and soon realized it was Torii Hunter singing “Maniac” as he walked across the field. Later in the practice Torii was joking around with Albert Pujols, offering his, um, backside as a target. Throughout the practice all the fans in the crowd were asking for autographs, and each player would kindly say “After we’re done” and sure enough, they came right over after they finished. This also happened last season when pitcher Jered Weaver couldn’t sign anything on his way over to the stadium, but told the fans (my mom & I being two of them) to meet him on the first base line and he would sign as many as he could before the game. I appreciate how honest the Angels are and the fact that they remain true to their word to come sign baseballs and bats for fans.”
WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: “To be incredibly honest, Angel Stadium is one of my favorite places. Attending a game is the ultimate experience, but even just looking up at the giant Angels helmets or searching for the brick with my name on it outside the stadium is an experience. I chose my college because it was close to Angels Spring Training, and my favorite time of year is when the team reports to Tempe. Whether I’m at home, in class, at work, or driving somewhere I’m always watching or listening to the game, or even checking the score on my MLB At Bat app.”
Megan sent pictures of her incredible baseball room that we will be happy to share with anyone. You and your family rock, Megan!
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