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Chuck

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Lost my father to liver cancer last year.  He was my season ticket partner for 18 years and in that 18 years, I can only think of a handful of games he missed.  He absolutely loved the Angels, wasn’t afraid to be critical of management, and could probably tell you off the top of his head what Don Baylor or Bobby Grich did in game 78 of the 1979 season.  
 

I can say that what’s going on right now would probably piss him off, but he would understand as he would have been in the “underlying health” category.  I miss him everyday, especially when it should be baseball season.

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An Angels story I’ll never forget. My uncle for years had two season tickets to the Angels. He shared them with a couple of his friends so every 3 or 4 games he’d go. In 2002 the Angels happened to be in the World Series. I was 18 or 19 trying to figure out a way to sneak in or do something w friends to see a World Series game thinking they Angels my favorite team would never get the chance to go back there. My uncle asked my dad to go which I had no idea about. The day before game 2 of the World Series. My dad called me up just like any other day we talked we laughed it was normal. Till the end of the conversation he asked what I was doing the next day and I said oh just school and gonna watch the Angels World Series game. He in only the way he could says well would you rather go to the game instead? I was confused wondering how this was happening. He said he’s already been to a WS game when the Dodgers played in one back in the day so he offered me his ticket to go see them. He always put my brother and I first. Angels went on as we know to win that World Series. And that game was such an absolute blast. Seeing Barry Bonds home run which I’m still not sure if it’s landed was just nuts. Happy Father’s Day. 

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My father was a solid sports fan.   

First Halos game in person with him was late in the 1968 season against the ChiSox at Angel Stadium.  

First Lakers game was January 1967 against the Baltimore Bullets (now Washington Wizards) at LA Sports Arena (pre-Forum days). 

First Rams game was 1971 against the Saints at the Coliseum, where Willie Ellison broke Jim Brown's 8 year-old NFL single game rushing record.

First Kings game was early in the 1967-68 expansion year (early November) against the Black Hawks at the LA Sports Arena, and just remember being in awe of the speed of the game in person.   Nearly got into a verbal altercation though with a childhood friend who wanted to record icing as a penalty in his scorekeeping book.       

He even got into the WWE (okay, sports entertainment) for part of 1988.  

He passed away from a stroke 14 years ago.    R.I.P. Dad, thank you for the memories. 

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My dad was a kid when the Dodgers moved to LA so naturally they became his team. But he took me to my first baseball game when I was a kid and it was in Anaheim - Angels vs Orioles - so the Angels became my team. He understood completely. He never tried to bribe me into becoming a Dodgers fan; he was always fine with me loving the Angels. 

I've spent more time with him in the last year than any other year of my adult life. He has cancer (though hopefully not life-threatening) and my brother died of cancer last year (in his 30s), so I was really looking forward to taking my dad to some baseball games this year. That's not going to happen. I hope I can do it next year, but obviously - as those of you who have lost your fathers know too well - there are no guarantees. 

Happy Father's Day to all of you who have children. 

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1 minute ago, SoPas Angel said:

 

I've spent more time with him in the last year than any other year of my adult life. He has cancer (though hopefully not life-threatening) and my brother died of cancer last year (in his 30s), so I was really looking forward to taking my dad to some baseball games this year. That's not going to happen. I hope I can do it next year, but obviously - as those of you who have lost your fathers know too well - there are no guarantees. 

Happy Father's Day to all of you who have children. 

Cancer is a mother f*cker So Pas.  Enjoy every day with your dad.  Baseball will be back soon enough.  Enjoy the day.

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I'm an Angel fan because when I was 9 years old, my dad took my to a game at the Big A. We sat in right-center field, front row right above the out of town scoreboard. Up until that point, I had played little league but didn't have much interest in baseball. 

I can't even tell you what the final score of the game was, or who thry played, but I had a blast. Jim Edmonds was playing CF, and I swear he waved back at me when I waved at him between one of the innings. That was the 1998 season, the year the Angels went on a 20-6 run in June. The game we were at was at the end of May. I started watching every game on TV.

My dad was a Dodger fan growing up. He even covered the Dodgers for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune when he was in his 20s, after finishing journalism school.

Since that game in 1998, my dad and I have attended literally hundreds of games together, including several postseason games in 2002 and beyond. We started going to Spring Training every year when I was 13, and that continued all the way up until I got married.

I'm thankful for my dad in many ways, but one of the big ones is introducing me to Angels baseball.

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1 hour ago, calscuf said:

When my dad was really sick in the hospital before he died, I told him I was going to put a bunch of gay pornography in his dresser drawers so that after he died and my sisters were emptying out his things, they would stumble upon it and have to live with “daddy’s little secret”.

I have a feeling that is exactly what kc’s kid will discover after he dies.

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2 hours ago, calscuf said:

When my dad was really sick in the hospital before he died, I told him I was going to put a bunch of gay pornography in his dresser drawers so that after he died and my sisters were emptying out his things, they would stumble upon it and have to live with “daddy’s little secret”.

Of course, the gay pornography would come directly from your dresser drawers.

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Lost my dad to cancer (among other things - drank a lot before getting sober last 10+ years).  Hardest working dude.  Retired from a manual labor job and eventually worked Angels games to keep busy and around the games.  I can recall like yesterday being on phone with him as Erstad makes that catch in 2002 and going crazy.  Where does the time go ......

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My father was a great man. Always made people happy and brought a smile to his co-workers faces.....even won some corporate awards, too. He traveled a lot, so I didn't see him as much as most kids, but he always made sure all of us kids were taken care of. Here's a pic below of him with me and my siblings.

 

 

 

 

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