Why The Yankees Lose To The Angels

Well, they don’t always lose to the Angels. They always lose to them at Angel Stadium. So I braved the traffic on the 405 Freeway and drove down to Anaheim to cheer for my Yanks, the way I would at home.


My adventure got off to a great start. Getting out of the car with the She-Fan Cam in hand, I made a new pal right there in the Angel Stadium parking lot.
I entered the stadium at Gate 2 and looked for Dina, the sister of MLBlogs’ own Angels fan and blogger LuckyLori. Lori had told me to find Dina, who works at the stadium, and say hello, so that’s exactly what I did. Well, OK. I also interrogated her just a little.
She was very friendly, right? Even though I was dressed in my Yankees gear?
Once inside, I quickly headed down to the field where they let you hang around near the Yankees dugout before the game. As I stood there with all the seven-year-old boys, hoping for a glimpse of Jeter, A-Rod, Somebody, I met another grownup fan and turned the Cam on him.
So we were going to beat the Angels 8-2? I was elated!
Since there was no batting practice, I climbed the ramps to my seat in the nosebleed section above home plate and settled in. The man next to me turned out not only to be an Angels fan, but the season tickets holder of all the seats in my row. 
“I’ve been selling them to you people for this weekend,” he said.
You people. Uh-oh. “Glad you were able to make some money off us,” I said, speaking on behalf of the other Yankee fans he’d hosed on the tickets.
Determined to be pleasant, I made chitchat during which I congratulated him on his team’s dominance over the Yankees. He wasn’t interested. Instead, he talked to the nasty usher who hovered near our section during the entire game, blocked my view and trashed every Yankee fan that passed by.
Then came the guy just above me who started pelting me with pieces of Double Bubble Gum. I remained calm, even when a piece hit me in the back of the head. I was starting to wish I’d stayed home.
And then came the game. I won’t rehash all the horrific aspects (OK, yes I will: Pettitte’s fifth inning meltdown, Jorge’s inability to throw out runners, Damon’s odd and inexplicable positioning in shallow left, Robertson’s incompetence, Coke’s incompetence, Bombko’s incompetence, the incompetence of all hitters not named A-Rod or Hinske or Matsui). Suffice it to say, we had another lead and blew it to hell.
As people started filing out of the place in the eighth, the sour-puss Angels guy sniffed, “Look at all the Yankee fans leaving. The game isn’t even over.”
“Um, they’re mostly Angels fans that are leaving,” I pointed out. “They’re wearing red.”
My husband, who was kind enough to accompany me, told me to keep my mouth shut.
After the 14-8 debacle, which left me feeling totally beaten up, I staggered outside in search of answers. The Yankees had just swept in Minnesota. Why were they getting killed in Anaheim?
The first fan I met was pretty sanguine about the whole thing. His answer? “It was just one of those days.”
Then, I met Matt, a Yankee fan with season tickets to the Angels. (Go figure.) His answer? Karma.
And finally, I ran into Shawn, who thinks the Yankees’ losing streak in Anaheim is a psychological issue.
While I appreciated all their theories, the truth didn’t dawn on me until I was back in the car. The reason the Yankees fall apart at Angel Stadium is because they’re allergic to it!

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I started sneezing like crazy as we hit the road. And if I was suffering, why not Pettitte and the others? Maybe if Gene Monahan gave everyone a dose of this, Sunday’s game would turn out differently.
I don’t know what the Yankees were exp
osed to at the stadium that caused their allergy, but I do know what triggered mine. It was the rally monkey. I tried to strangle it.


  1. JQuist

    *I’m confident that CC will aid the win tomarrow. I don’t see us losing another before the break… Pettitte started out pretty solid, but a lot of times a ‘solid start’ disappears in the blink of an eye. We’ll prevail…


  2. devilabrit

    That was a terrible loss, I almost feel sorry for the Yankees, but that tough from Philly, afterall you suffer the same as we did a few years back of the Post Abreu Syndrome.
    Isn’t Benadryl on the do not touch list, now you wouldn’t be suggesting ???? just to beat the Angels would you….. naaaaa of course not – just kidding….
    better luck today
    Outside the Phillies Looking In

  3. juliasrants

    How great that you got to meet Lori’s sister! We all have teams that we find hard to beat. And go figure – Saturday – the three teams to score in double digits were the Red Sox, Angels and Nationals! Too bad you couldn’t have been a good luck charm.


  4. stevg95

    Hey. Love reading your blog and watching some of those fan videos. It seems like no matter who the Yanks are playing, there are always Yankee fans to cheer them on! Sometimes they even out number the home team fans!! That’s why I love the Yankees. We are devoted fans! Check out my blog some time.

  5. matttan7

    Wow, just wow is all I can say about this Angels-Yankees Rivalry. Is it me or the Yankees having a tough time playing the Angels. Yesterday was a stunner, leading 4-0 with Andy Pettitte pitching and it becomes a 14-8 Angels victory. I’ll look at the positives, Alex Rodriguez (hitting two) and Eric Hinske (one) each hit home runs in the game. A-Rod even passed Rafael Palmeiro in the all time home run list. Mike Napoli and Brandon Wood also hit home runs in the game also, oh well, and Bobby Abreu was clutch too.

    Anyways, the Yanks will have to settle for just one win there.

    Matthew T.

  6. Jane Heller

    JQuist, I really hope you’re right and CC will stop the bleeding. We need to salvage the finale before the break!

    I don’t think Benadryl is on the list of banned substances, devilabrit, but you never know these days. And yeah, I really had a case of remorse about Abreu yesterday. No surprise that he stuck the knife in us. That’s how it goes.

    It was fun meeting Lori’s sister, Julia. She’s very bubbly and fun, as you saw from the video – perfect for the job of “social security.”

    The thing about that Angels fan, raysfanboy, is that I was super careful to keep my Yankee-ness quiet. I didn’t even cheer for my own players. But he was just plain mean.

    I love that everywhere I go there are Yankee fans, Steve. Well, almost everywhere. Here in Santa Barbara, it’s mostly Dodgers fans. But every now and then, I find someone wearing the interlocking N-Y and I pounce!

    Actually, Matthew, Hinske hit two homers yesterday, but who’s counting. The Angels are a good team and they make the Yankees spin around in circles.

  7. Marty_G

    OK, that makes sense. If the Yankees’ losing streak in Anaheim is a “psychological issue”, I’m guessing the Twins’ losing streak in both Minnesota and at Yankee Stadium this year is also “psychological”.

    However, to be honest, I think I prefer your use of the word “incompetence”. Perhaps your boys will rally a little today and play a bit better… good luck!

    Twins Limey

  8. Jane Heller

    It’s all so interesting how different teams match up against each other, Marty. The Yankees seem to play like geniuses against the Twins. Then they go to Anaheim and look like Little Leaguers. I’d love to see a rally for the finale today – just one little win before the break!

  9. PAUL

    You might get better results choking Joba for a few minutes until he starts to listen to others who know a little more about pitching than he does.
    Actually, if you feel like choking someone, a Google employee might be a better choice considering how they no longer want my business via advertising (or anything else) and eliminated my ad without telling me. Too many porn ads vying for time I guess.

  10. Erin Kathleen

    Karma, I like that one 🙂 And I have never understood the need to be rude to opposing fans, no matter who they might cheer for. Unless they’re being unruly or disrespectful, I don’t have a problem with them cheering on their own players. Except for Brewer fans. F*ck those people.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

  11. Jane Heller

    If choking Yankees pitchers would help, I’d find a way to do it, Paul. It wasn’t just Joba who failed. Add Pettitte and CC to the list. Awful.

    LOL, Erin. The guy next to me was ridiculous. So was the stupid usher. No need to be rude at all.

    They played like a bunch of thieving monkeys again today, Jeremy. I’m glad the Break is here. I need one after this series.

  12. travelingbballbabes

    I am very impressed that you maintained cool while someone pelted you with gum. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that while Lisa and I were in Philly, I threatened the lives of two kids throwing ice at us. Bravo

  13. junojen

    I haven’t been keeping up with my blog but I am keeping up with yours.

    Oh dear. I can relate to your story about getting pelted by gum. Our last roadtrip to see the Red Sox in Baltimore almost ended up with someone being arrested (not us!). It was not fun.

    So we have decided to go see the Sox in Fenway this year. woo hoo! Friendly territory and guess who the Sox are playing? The Orioles! Maybe I should pelt a Bird Fan with gum?

    No – I’m bigger than that (at least I’d like to think so).

    Hang in there.


  14. raysrenegade

    Those pesky AL West teams can be the death of you.
    They get no respect from the media deadheads, and then they come out to the East Coast without fans and kick your butts.
    But, they do have an interesting stadium with its Disney-style waterfall and rally monkey.
    But you got to remember the thrid largest portion on the Yankee fandom is probably stationed in that region of Cali.
    You know, every HS comedian and actress goes to LA and dreams of stardon, or at least boxseats at the Angels or Dodgers game.

    Rays Renegade


  15. heartruss

    Jane. sorry about your unpleasant experience at Angel Stadium. I myself am not fond of the Angel fans when they come to Dodger Stadium. I know Dina, the security person, did not speak highly of the Dodger fans there but Angels fans at our stadium are pretty bad. I think it was rude that you got pelted with anything especially if you were sitting there not posturing or yelling obscenities at the Angels. I will not make the trek south to Angles stadium for that reason. I have worn my World Baseball Classic Japan hat to Dodger Stadium without any negative reeaction. I may even wear my Yankees hat and know I will be okay. The only time that the fans will do more than verbal booing is when the enemy fan throws his arms up and starts bowing or if they start heckling our fielders, then the Dodger fans start reacting. Our Dodger security will kick those guys out for trying to incite the Dodger fans.
    The Angels are a strong opponent. The Dodgers can’t always beat them even on a good day. I hate that rally monkey. It is annoying. I can’t say that enough.

  16. Jane Heller

    Jenn, I didn’t squeeze that monkey hard enough. You are so right. But the lady at the monkey concession was nice enough to lend it to me for the picture, so I thought I should take good care of it.

    I did show marvelous restraint, Serena. Thank you for noticing. 🙂 I wanted to smack the guy, but I took the high road.

    Hey, Jen. I’m glad you’ll be going to Fenway where you’ll feel comfortable and not get pelted! It was my first time in a situation like that. So unfortunate that people can’t just be happy to watch a game in person.

    There were a lot of Yankee fans at Angel Stadium this weekend, Renegade. That’s how the guy next to me made his money: selling his season tickets to us. And “pesky” doesn’t begin to describe that team.

    For the most part, Cat, the fans were fine at Angel Stadium. I just got stuck with a not-so-nice group. It can happen anywhere. As for the rally monkey, I never got to see it, unfortunately; the Yankees were always losing in the late innings!

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