Keep an eye out for the Guys in Blue at Angel Stadium on Helpful Fridays. (SoCal Honda Dealers Facebook)
Arriving at the ‘Big A’ on game day is like something out of a movie – the big red halo hats decorating the entrance of the stadium welcoming loyal fans; families with little leaguers hoping to one day make it to the majors; couples on dates; and groups of friends having fun together. The most inspiring thing about the stadium is that no matter what seat you’re in you’ll see the Boys in Red welcoming and interacting with the fans before the game.
Thanks to our sponsor, SoCal Honda, I was able to enjoy the game in some pretty awesome seats right behind the home team’s dugout. Settling into our seats with a cold drink and a hot dog, I noticed the grounds crew had Helpful Honda logos on their equipment. As the first pitch went out the No. 1 hitter, Erick Aybar, I realized that crowd favorite and 2012 AL Rookie of the Year, Mike Trout, was warming up to take the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
Quickly, I took out my camera to snap a few pictures. I realized I was just like everyone else in the stands. Trout has been playing in the league since July 2011, after being called up from the minors to replace the current injured center fielder. And that as we know it, ladies and gents, was the beginning of Mike Trout.
Around the sixth inning, the Jumbotron was filled with blue. As I looked over, I noticed that SoCal Honda was sponsoring the Minor League Report. I’ve been coming to the stadium my whole life, but this was the first time I noticed that minor league news was being posted during a game. Every three innings, I kept seeing the ‘Helpful Honda’ signs everywhere.
I felt a real sense of community at this game. I was sent there to check out the different things Honda was doing with the Halos, but I left feeling like SoCal Honda really cared about the community. Even though the Halos lost to their opponents this game, I knew that with the support of fans and sponsors alike they would bounce back and win the next game. And they did! America’s favorite pastime might have added a few new rules this season, but the nostalgia you get from attending a game is the same.
Here are a few things SoCal Honda is doing with the Halos this season:
Grounds Crew: All of the drag mats, which rake the field at least twice per game, are branded SoCal Honda.
Condiments Station: SoCal Honda has branded all of the helpful condiment stations within the concourse.
Help is on the Way Feature: During every game, SoCal Honda helps showcase up-and-coming talent within the Halos’ minor league system who will be helping the major league team soon
SoCal Honda Honorary Grounds Crew: On select home games, guest chosen by SoCal Honda get to join the grounds crew as an Honorary Grounds Crew member and help them rake the field. The individual will be recognized via a PA announcement and various LED signage.
Mystery Street Team: The street team will be onsite at various Friday home games where they will surprise fans with Halos merchandise and other game day essentials.