A Recent Convert

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no super fan, while he lives for the long nights I tend to fall asleep listening to the game for a bit, then ask him who won when I wake up, unless it is a really important game.

Angels Over the Pond features writer, Stacy Siviter, writes a View Over the Pond.

Hands up, I am a recent convert to baseball, having really fallen down the rabbit hole in the past year or so. I think it is important to clarify from the start that I love many sports, having previously been a regular on weekends at Belle Vue, the home of the Wakefield Trinity rugby league club. Over the years we’ve been really lucky to travel all over the globe, enjoying attending major sporting events such as the Olympic Games, World Cup rugby and so on. Living with a partner who loves sport and who has been immersed in it both as a fan and a participant (at international level no less) means that sooner or later I ended up supporting teams that my partner does, in this case the Angels. But with baseball it has been a slow process, with my interest gradually getting stronger over the years.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no super fan, while he lives for the long nights I tend to fall asleep listening to the game for a bit, then ask who won when I wake up, unless it is a really important game, obviously. And i have found that recently I seem to be convincing myself that more and more games are important enough to miss sleep for, this is normal, right? I will admit right now I am always reluctant to head over to Anaheim whenever he brings conversation of our holidays around to attending a game, I’d much rather be laid on a beach somewhere, with a bit of peace and quiet. But slowly and surely I have learned who the players are, I even have a favourite, Albert Pujols. Whilst I am not huge on the statistics myself, I much prefer the occasion of the games rather than the statistics of the fixtures, I really can’t help but admire how baseball has so many female fans who are stats mad.

Whilst I am not huge on the statistics myself, I much prefer the occasion of the games rather than the statistics of the fixtures, I really can’t help but admire how baseball has so many female fans who are stats mad.

Over time I have found myself building up a wardrobe full of Angels jerseys, clothing and my beloved Angels college jacket, though i do try to get jerseys with Pujol’s name and number where I can. I know that some fans are really counting down the days until his contract ends, but I will be really quite sad to see him leave, and I am glad I have gotten to experience seeing such a brilliant talent in an Angels uniform. And talking of uniform, I do wish the Angels would revert back to blue and white, the red uniforms just don’t do it for me. I know what you’re thinking reading this, typical woman!

My other half is also a baseball card collector, this is a hobby I indulge him in and if I intercept the mail I will demand to open the packs, for me that is the best bit. Looking for Angels cards together has helped me to get to know players from the past and present and it reminds me of collecting football (soccer) stickers as a girl. I apologise to women everywhere for not offering technical information, statistics or other assorted hardcore facts as part of my ramblings on how I became a Halos fan, I know I am doing a lot of very dedicated ball fans a disservice here. With that in mind I will give a huge shout out to the girls of the ‘Birds With Balls’ podcast here, flying the flag for female baseball fanatics on our side of the pond. Give it a listen.

If you would like to share your own memories of how you became an Angels fan, about Britain’s own baseball heritage or your view on anything Angels related for Views Over the Pond please get in touch.

Published by Stacy Siviter

Sheffield Wednesday fan, recent convert to Angels baseball.

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