Back Home for Game 2
Day 3 got rolling a little bit late, as we departed from Tempe around 10:30, about an hour later than planned. The drive home wasn't bad at all, only caught traffic when we entered Colton, but it was minor and only held us up about 15 minutes. I did the driving on the first leg of the trip and 11 hours behind the wheel seemed like nothing.
We arrived in Fullerton around 4 pm and made a stop at the Trinity Bat Company (used by such players as Vladimir Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera). Jim Watts, VP of Trinity, was nice enough to take me on a tour of the factory and explain in detail the work that goes into making each and every bat. From there we headed over to the Fullerton Flyers office to kill some time before the Angels game.
David Palacios, a long time friend of the family, met Ty and I at the Flyers headquarters to carpool to the game. We got to Angel Stadium around 5 pm, right in time to enjoy some batting practice. For all of those who don't believe Ichiro could be a power hitter, let me vouch for him, he was absolutely crushing the ball. He sent 5 or 6 into the upper deck and hit at least 15 out of the park.
This was David's first time at BP and the effort to get a ball was more than 100%. Unfortunately his efforts went unrewarded. However, I came away with 2 balls that were fouled into the stands by the Mariners (one from Willie Bloomquist, one from Richie Sexson) during BP. Ty's buddy John Potter joined us as batting practice came to an end and we headed up to the seats. As we got to our seats, that were one row from the very top, we realized that there really isn't a bad seat in this park.
The game saw Jarrod Washburn come back to Anaheim and dominante his former club. The lone bomb in the game came in the 8th when Raul Ibanez drove a pitch to dead center. The final score was 4-1 Mariners, as we saw the home side fall for the second consecutive night.
As game number 2 went in the books we couldn't help but feel like the trip was up and rolling. San Francisco here we come.