Toys and Joy at Angel Stadium

Bells are ringing, children signing, all is merry and bright… here at Angel Stadium! This time, however, it is The Salvation Army Orange County that has come to town and taken on the role of Santa Claus for many families this holiday season.

The Salvation Army Orange County is currently holding their Toy and Joy Christmas Distribution at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Their mission: to share the generosity of Orange County to families in need this Christmas season. This program allows underprivileged families and individuals to obtain toys, clothing and gift cards for food at the Organization’s “Toy and Joy Shop.”

Marketing and Public Relations Director, Kevin White, shared that 2,000 families will be served through the program this holiday season. For 10 years, Kevin, his co-workers and volunteers have decked the halls of our stadium with their Christmas cheer and kindness. Yet, the Salvation Army has been serving the people in our community for decades upon decades.

“The Salvation Army has provided assistance and social services to families and individuals in need for over 100 years in Orange County.”

There are always opportunities to support the Toy and Joy Christmas Distribution and other Salvation Army programs 365 days a year! Visit their website for more information.

  • Adopt a family: Starting in October, you can register to support a particular family in need by gifting them their wishlist during the holiday season.
  • Donate to the canned food and toy drives: The canned food drives sustain the Salvation Army Orange County’s five family service centers, emergency center and additional programs every day of the year.

Road To Recovery: Tyler Skaggs

Consider this as special behind-the-scenes gift from us to you, just in time for the holidays:

Today, Tyler Skaggs invited us to join him on the road to recovery, following his injury during the Angels 2014 season. It’s time to take a peek into our first day sweatin’ with Skaggs!

The Angels’ lefty suffered a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament while throwing 4 2/3 no-hit innings from Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 31, 2014.  He underwent a successful, yet season-ending Tommy John surgery in mid-August.

Since his surgery, Tyler has been working toward his goal of coming back stronger than ever in 2016.

Today, we followed Tyler through his workout routine at the Movement Performance Institute (MPI) in Los Angeles.

You can continue to follow Tyler’s Road to Recovery right here on The Halo Way!

Happy Birthday Hector Santiago!

To celebrate Hector Santiago‘s 27th birthday today, we’ve compiled some of our best shots from his 2014 season.

Enjoy!

2014 Angels Baseball Foundation Children’s Holiday Party

Each year the Angels Baseball Foundation aims to make the season brighter for 200 underprivileged kids by hosting a Children’s Holiday Party for organizations in the Southern California area. This year, AM830’s Roger Lodge and Terry Smith, Angels, C.J. Wilson, Tyler Skaggs and Efren Navarro, former Angel, Chuck Finley and Angels Athletic Trainer, Rick Smith kicked off the event and provided an afternoon of fun for the kids.

The kids were greeted with Angels hats and holiday shirts at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim. They participated in story time, a question and answer session and a Christmas sing-a-long with the players. After eating dinner, the children had a special visit from Santa and then took time playing games. As the children left the party, they each received a toy from Santa and a brand new pair of cozy pajamas to take with them.

Thank you to all our fans who donated toys during Halfway to Christmas and Halo Holiday Photo! These toys were a special asset to the wonderful event and put smiles on every child’s face.

Here’s a peek inside last night’s holiday celebration:

The Ultimate Halo Holiday Gift Guide: Poll

On the first day of Halo Holiday my true love gave to me… an Ugly Mike Trout Christmas Sweaterrrrrr!

Yes, this sweater actually does exist and is for sale, among other fabulous items, at the Angels Team Store inside Angel Stadium!

Although this sweater may be perfect for that Ugly Christmas Sweater Party you were invited to, remember, this season is all about giving. And that is exactly what we are here to help you with!

The photo gallery below features some merchandise that we believe will make perfect holiday gifts for your diehard Halos fan. You can gear them up for next season’s games with a foam finger, feed their Mike Trout fascination with a #27 jersey or keep them warm this winter with an Angels beanie (if their plans include a trip to the mountains or outside of Southern California, that is)!

So, which item would you want unwrap this holiday season? Vote for your favorite below! Trust us, you’ll want to participate in this one…

 

The good news is, you can find all these items at the Angels Team Store. To top it off with whipped cream and a cherry, the Team Store is offering 12 days of 40% off select items starting today, December 8th! Holiday shopping wish come true, right?

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If you prefer to sit at home in your cozy PJs while you do your holiday shopping, visit angels.com/haloholiday ! There you can find more gift ideas like 2015 Spring Training Tickets, Angels Ticket Plans and game-used items from the Angels Auction.

We hope this post gave you some good gift ideas for that special someone. Have a Happy Halo Holiday, Fans!

*The Angels Team Store is open daily from 10am-6pm for all your gifting needs.

Angels Groundskeepers’ Thanksgiving Holiday Canned Food Drive

Tis the season to be an Angel!

Today, the Angels’ Groundskeepers kicked off their 13th annual Thanksgiving Holiday Canned Food Drive at Angel Stadium, with proceeds benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Individuals who donated were invited to test their batting, fielding and pitching skills out on the field.

There’s still time to participate in this great cause: Tomorrow, November 22, and Sunday, November 23! More information about the event can be found below.

Future dates:

Saturday, November 22, 2014 & Sunday, November 23, 2014

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 $15 for adults and $10 for children. Hours for the food drive will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.. 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.

**Note: Limited capacity on the field will apply. We suggest that participants bring their own gear to participate in the on-field activities.

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

Happy Birthday C.J. Wilson!

To celebrate C.J. Wilson‘s 34th birthday today, we’ve compiled some of our best shots from his 2014 season.

Photos: Angels Baseball Foundation Golf Classic

The Angels Baseball Foundation held their annual Golf Classic at the Pelican Hill Golf Course on Thursday, November 13. Since 2004, this tournament has given Angels fans the opportunity to golf with current and former Angels greats. All proceeds benefited the Angels Baseball Foundation.

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Hector Santiago, MLB All-Stars Participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony

When in Japan… do as the Japanese do!

Konichiwa, fans. Here’s another update from your Halos in Japan.

Hector Santiago and many of your other MLB All-Stars are taking in everything that their travels have to offer.

Your Angels LHP took part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony:

The players still have another week of baseball and exciting adventures left in Japan! Here’s the schedule if you are interested in watching the upcoming games over the weekend.

Saturday, November 15

Game #3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

Sunday, November 16

Game #4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

 

Until next time, Sayonara!

Photos: The Best of Mike Trout, Celebrating Our MVP

In celebration of Mike Trout’s first MVP Award, our Photographers have compiled some of their best photos of the Angels OF from the 2014 season.

Enjoy!

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