A Rare Event: The Los Angeles Angels Actually Play In Los Angeles

Orange County is my home, so it kills me that my hometown baseball team — the Angels — pretends to be in Los Angeles when it is not. Even worse is when the franchise admits to its own fans the stupidity of its name.

Case in point, this email I just received from the Angels:

“See your Angels in Los Angeles”  the email goes, to let me know that the Angels will actually be playing against the real Los Angeles team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The email notification can’t use the city-version of the Angels name because that would look so dumb, right?

See Your Los Angeles Angels In Los Angeles!

You know what I’d like to see? I’d like to see the Orange County Angels go to Los Angeles. Beating the Dodgers would be an added victory.

But that’s a dream I know will never happen. Briefly, the Angels at least got to be called the Anaheim Angels, until owner Arte Moreno decided that calling them the Los Angeles Angels would extend their reach to fans outside Anaheim and Orange County.

To satisfy a contractual requirement that the name Anaheim be in their name, the team is officially called The Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim — something a court case upheld.

And thus we get stupid emails like the one above. Look, if Orange County Angels is out of the questions, how about the Southern California Angels?


  1. chris says

    Go Dodgers!!! wish I could be there although I think the Angels have “owned LA” not the other way around for the last few years of interleague play.

  2. says

    “Arte Moreno decided that calling them the Los Angeles Angels would extend their reach to fans outside Anaheim and Orange County.” Ya know, they used to be the “California Angels,” I think that reach has Los Angeles beat by a mile. Also, Mr. Moreno seems to be ignorant to the fact that there is an Orange County/ LA Country rivalry and naming his team the Los Angeles Angels is a little slanderous to some. Perhaps some Los Angelenos will make the trek down to Anaheim for a game but not to the extent that it makes adopting the name worthwhile.

    My guess it has a whole lot more to do with the national TV audience who have never heard of Anaheim.

  3. Brandon says

    The Angels are the original LA team. That being said, I would much prefer if they were to be called the Anaheim Angels, or even the California Angels. We are in OC, not LA; big difference.

  4. Frankie A says

    We’ll let Californians worry about their team names while the Boston Red Sox (or should it be the New England Red Sox or Red Sox Nation?) take the Series this year. Go Sox! :-)

  5. says

    I grew up seeing my California Angels play. The silly name games they’ve been playing for the past couple of decades just makes me sad. They’ll always be The California Angels to me :)