‘Tis the season to give thanks, but most importantly, to give back. This is a motto that Angels’ pitcher, Andrew Heaney, has taken to heart during the offseason.
For the second consecutive year, Heaney’s travels landed him on a Mission Trip to Honduras. The lefty was joined by the same group of core individuals, Steve Matz (Mets), Drew VerHagen (Tigers), Ty Hensley (Yankees), Collin Wiles (Rangers), Mitchell Hansen (Dodgers), Clinton Hollon (Blue Jays), Brett Marshall (Rockies), Zach Green (Phillies) and Weston Davis (Nationals).
The ballplayers visited the area surrounding San Pedro Sula, Honduras where there is a mountain village, a dilapidated suburb, and an orphanage. In 2014, the mission group began building a children’s learning center. This year, they visited the completed learning center and discovered an overwhelming amount of gracious smiles waiting to greet them.
Thanks to Hearts 2 Honduras, Pastime Youth Academies and ICON Sports Management, Heaney was able to share his love of the game with the kids by engaging in light games of baseball and whiffle ball.
As a special treat, the children received backpacks courtesy of Nike (sponsoring Andrew Heaney and Steve Matz) and a donation of New Balance Shoes from Drew VerHagen (MLB Tigers).
Through Hearts 2 Honduras The Mission Group also sponsors food, education, and building infrastructure (such as the learning center, homes, etc) for some of the kids in need.
We are forever thankful for our Angels, on and off the field.
Photos courtesy of ICON Sports Management.
A Thanksgiving Holiday tradition that really knocks it out of the park during the Angels’ offseason!
The Angels’ Groundskeepers hosted Day 1 of their 14th annual Thanksgiving Holiday Canned Food Drive at Angel Stadium today! In exchange for their generous donations, Angels fans of all ages tested their batting, fielding and pitching skills under the November sun. All proceeds benefited the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in the fight against hunger during the holiday season.
If you missed today’s event and still want to participate, you’re in luck! The food drive will take place this Saturday, November 21st, and this Sunday, November 22nd! Here are the details:
Donations of three cans of non-perishable food or $2 will be good for one swing against a pitching machine with a maximum of 20 pitches per participant. A donation of two canned food items or $1 per pitch will allow fans to test their pitching skills in the bullpen. Fans will also have the opportunity to shag fly balls in the outfield for a donation of $25 for 30 minutes. The Angels will provide bats, balls and helmets. The Angels Clubhouse Attendants will also provide a tour of the Clubhouse for a donation of $20 for adults and $15 for children.
Hours: Friday (8am-12pm) & Saturday/Sunday (8am-3pm). Participants can enter Angel Stadium through Gate #1. All proceeds will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in the fight against hunger during the holiday season.
Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to make a monetary donation, may send checks to: Second Harvest Food Bank, 8014 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618 or visit their website at www.feedoc.org.
Today, more than 900 children with physical and intellectual disabilities from 40 Challenger Division Little League teams experienced the thrill of playing baseball at Angel Stadium in the 10th annual Bank of America “Challenger Classic.” The young players enjoyed playing America’s favorite pastime alongside Angels infielder Efren Navarro, Bench Coach Dino Ebel, Bullpen Coach Steve Soliz, former Angels Garret Anderson, Bobby Grich, Chuck Finley, Justin Speier, Jerome Williams and Clyde Wright along with Angels Chairman Dennis Kuhl.
We’ve made it to the FINAL Round of the Angels Fan Favorites Awards! Here’s the information you need to know before we get cracking:
- Before you vote for today’s round of polls, go vote for Round 3, Round 2 and Round 1 if you haven’t already.
- All polls will close on Wednesday, October 28.
- Don’t forget, fans can participate by not only voting, but leaving thoughts/questions/remarks/concerns in the comment section below. We’re looking out to see who is keeping up the conversation!
- Lastly, have fun!
Now, let’s make this round the best round!
Across all sports, no good performance, especially one that doesn’t result in a team victory, is left without some sort of celebratory mess. Looking back on the heroic victories of 2015, which one was accompanied by the “Best BODYARMOR Bath”?
Constantly dreaming of your favorite ballpark munchies? No? Well, this category might ignite your taste buds! Which concession stand at Angel Stadium did you enjoy grabbing food from the most this season?
Next, we have one of our unconventional categories: “Best Smile”! Whose pearly whites should take home the prize? Here are some photos of our nominees for reference.
Your 2015 Angels had 35 1-run victories this season… meaning that at least a quarter of this season’s game had you on the edge of your seat. However, not all of them can make the cut, and some of the best weren’t even decided by one run… but that is for the fan to decide. Here are the nominees for 2015’s “Most Exciting Game”!
From the people who took you behind the scenes and onto the field, thank you for your continued support on Instagram. Now it is your opportunity to decide which photo was the “Best Angels Instagram Photo” this year, dating all the way back to Spring Training, up to the All-Star Break, and through September into October.
Best Angels Instagram Photo
It’s time for Round 3 of the Angels Fan Favorites Awards! Here’s a little deja vu before we dive into the new categories:
– The last batch of categories will be released on Tuesday, October 27 right here on The Halo Way.
– Before you vote for today’s round of polls, go vote for Round 2 and Round 1 if you haven’t already.
– Don’t forget, fans can participate by not only voting, but leaving thoughts/questions/remarks/concerns in the comment section below. We’re looking out to see who is keeping up the conversation.
– Lastly, have fun!
The ballots await…
Let’s kick things off with “Best Defensive Player”. Erick Aybar is going for his 2nd Fan Favorites Award in this category. Can he keep up his defensive reputation?
It’s time to turn up the tunes and vote for the player who had the “Best Walk-up Song” this season. Let’s jam:
The Angels received a burst of energy with some new additions to the club this season. Cast your vote for “Newcomer of the Year” based on the player who brought the most influential spark to the ballpark.
Next, you’ll have the duty of voting for the Angel who had the “Best Return From the DL” in 2015. Thanks to modern medicine, some of your wounded Halos came back with power and drive to give the team a significant boost and the fans exhilarating games. Choose the player who was able to heal up and put up for the most successful return from the disabled list.
Finally, you’ll be deciding which Themed Event at Angel Stadium was the most entertaining this season.
Thanks for voting, fans! We’ll see you next week for another set of polls.
Welcome to Round 2 of the Angels Fan Favorites Awards! A few reminders before we get started:
- The next two batches of categories will be released on Thursday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 27 right here on The Halo Way.
- Before you vote for today’s round of polls, go vote for Round 1 if you haven’t already.
- All polls will close on Wednesday, October 28.
- Don’t forget, fans can participate by not only voting, but leaving thoughts/questions/remarks/concerns in the comment section below. We’re looking out to see who is keeping up the conversation.
- Lastly, have fun!
Now, let’s get to the voting!
First, you’ll be deciding on the “Best Walk-Off Win”. In 2015, the Angels had the third most walk-off victories in baseball with 11, making your choice on late-game heroics one of the most difficult in this year’s Fan Favorites Awards.
We’ve already given some love to the guys in the field, so now it is time to vote on this year’s “Best Pitcher”. With an injury-stricken pitching staff, many Halo hurlers rose to the occasion.
As we leave 2015 for the books, the Angels’ 2016 season will be quickly approaching before we know it. With a new season comes new faces and new opportunities for young players to make a name for themselves. There are plenty of prospects whose names you may have heard as potential September call-ups, or have been deemed future stars for your Halos. Cast your vote on who you think is the “Most Promising Prospect” in the Angels’ farm system.
We’ve seen what the guys can do on the field, from walk-off wins, great defensive plays, to outstanding pitching performances. However, what some of the players do off the field is equally as admirable and special. It is now your opportunity to vote on which Angel has the “Biggest Heart”.
With 2015 came the emergence on new divisional foes that sparked outstanding heroics, along with instant classic games. As always, rivalries can stand the test of time, but as the years go on, some arise as some tend to slip away. Cast your vote on 2015’s “Best Rivalry”!
Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls! We are excited to announce that the first round of polls have opened for the Angels Fan Favorites Awards!
These fan choice awards will highlight superlatives of the Angels’ 2015 season through categories like Best Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Pitcher, Best Emoji, etc. We will be releasing a new batch of categories on the following dates:
- Tuesday, October 20
- Thursday, October 22
- Tuesday, October 27
All polls will close on Wednesday, October 28 and the results will be posted right here on The Halo Way on Friday, October 30.
As you will notice, we tried our best to limit the categories to a small number of choices for easy voting. Stir up the hype of the awards by posting in the comments section below. Keep up the conversation and you may be the one rewarded!
Without further ado, LET THE VOTING BEGIN!
Our first category is “Best Catch of 2015”. Both the players and broadcasters made some incredible grabs, so first check out the nominees and then cast your vote below.
Next, we have the “Halo Hope for 2016.” Whether they’re coming off injuries, were newly acquired or showed an unexpected spark this year that could potentially help the team next season, it’s all up for your interpretation. Which player do you believe will carry the most “hope” into the 2016 season?
This year, we rolled out Angels-themed emojis for your sharing pleasure! We’ve narrowed it down to the top 5, now it’s up to the fans to decide this year’s “Best Haloji”. Visit angels.com/emoji to download your favorites!
Now, you’ll be voting on the “Best Promotional Giveaway” at Angel Stadium this season. We attempted to narrow down the choices to the most popular items, but feel free to vote for a 2015 item that is not currently on the ballot.
We will close Round 1 by voting on the “Best Fan Photo” that our photographers captured at Angel Stadium during the season. Cast your vote based on the corresponding captions on the pictures and on the poll below.
It’s that time of the year again!
Unfortunately, there were no champagne showers or October baseball in our cards, but the Angels experienced their fair share of exhilarating wins, player milestones and kept postseason dreams alive until Game 162. For the second straight year, we are here to supplement this rollercoaster of a run by announcing our Angels end-of-the-season awards.
The Angels Fan Favorites Award highlight the finest achievements and whims that contributed to an exciting season for your 2015 Halos. Be prepared to tackle decisions on the Best Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Pitcher. Some eccentric categories like Best Walk-up Song and Best Angels Emoji will also be up for discussion!
There will be 4 rounds of polls. The first round of categories will be released Friday, October 16. Check back with us HERE on The Halo Way tomorrow to begin voting. Share your expanded thoughts in the comment section of each Awards blog post… there might be something special in store for those participants that do!
While we finish gathering the nominees, check out last year’s Angels Fan Favorites Award-winners at the links below to freshen up. Remember, the voting will be in your hands.