Saturday, March 29, 2008

Check out the four-part video series that was captured by Vern Reese during the Questions and Answers session that Tim Mead had with the group as the Angels were on the field taking batting practice.

March 8th, 2008

Part 1 - with Tim Mead (Vice President of Media Relations)

Part 2 - with Tim Mead (Vice President of Media Relations)

Part 3 - with Tim Mead (Vice President of Media Relations)

Part 4 - with Tim Mead (Vice President of Media Relations)

Some Highlights

The fanfest took place on March 8th and scheduled at 5:00 pm at Hail Mary's in Tempe, but it kicked off first thing in the morning with a bang. Tim Mead, Vice President of Media Relations, and employee of the Angels organization for 29 years, is a big supporter of and friend of mine.

During the conference of sorts, which Tim and I sat on the Angels home dugout inside Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tim spoke about the state of the Halos, his role with the club and then took questions from the members that were in the stands, with the ballplayers taking ground balls and taking BP in the background. After the video recording, Tim mentioned in front of everyone that he views as "The AP of Angels Baseball". Quite a compliment, especially after hearing owner Arte Moreno tell 4 of us after the game on Friday (March 7th) that he loved our website and he visits frequently.

Well, after the Tim Mead and conference, we introduced Rob Goldman to the group, talked a little bit about the future of his Tim Salmon book entitled "Tales from the Dugout" that is to be released later this year. Rob was so kind to have asked me for a question/comment to be used in his next sessions with Tim Salmon before he completes the book. According to Rob, he's also going to let Timmah in on the best kept secret on the net for Angels players and ex-Players, letting him know about our website, Rob like myself, was in awe of the support and acknowledgment that the Angels front office people had of If you haven't bought his best selling book, do so NOW! It's a keeper and a must read for EVERY Angels fan. "Once they were Angels.

Finally, after the game against the San Francisco Giants, in which a group of 30 members sat together and watched some Baseball, including a towering shot by newcomer Torii Hunter, it was on to the shindig at Hail Mary's.

One word, AWESOME!! We filled up the entire dining room and had Tim Mead, Steve Physioc (Angels TV Play by Play announcer) stay for what was suppose to be just 15-20 minutes, but ended up being 1 hour and a half, taking questions and having drinks (non-alcoholic) with the group, in what was an informal environment.

We also had two prospects show up and join us at the party in Jeremy Haynes (RHP, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) and Daniel Davidson (LHP, Arkansas Travelers). These two young men were polite and spoke with the members while sipping on their Soda's before they had to head out (they stayed for about an hour and a half as well). Good times!

Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, a registered member of was with us as well, as was his good friend and author Rob Goldman. Much like with Tim Mead, Steve Physioc, Jeremy Haynes and Daniel Davidson, those with were able to ask Bill or Rob anything they wanted in a relaxed, but exciting atmosphere. Even the big Nasty showed up and said he knows all about and that we've done a great job. 2 weeks later, he plugged our website on his evening sports talk show in So. California.

Well, I could go on and on with regards to what took place that weekend. With over 90 members of that showed up at Hail Mary's, including all the featured guests and supporters, this was a weekend to remember for Angels fans. Also, if you'd like to read what those who attended experienced at the 2008 ST Fanfest, check out our forum thread here
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