As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at AngelsWin.com we've focused our attention on our writers, contributors & website members. Today we put the spotlight on our resident mom, BaseballMom. Jody has been to almost every spring and summer fanfest event we've had to date, including our annual softball tournaments that benefits our favorite charity, the OC Miracle League. Mom, as many of us call her, is a passionate Angels fan and friend of many from the website.
Let's get to know BaseballMom a bit more in today's Member Appreciation Interview.
AngelsWin.com: When and how did you first come to AngelsWin.com?
BaseballMom: I came over in the mass exodus from the OMB ("Original Message Board" off of the Angels official website). Lee was still in full swing over there and nobody could resist responding to him. It was too bad because some of us had a really good time over there for quite a few years. Some of the members here posted on a site called HaloHaven...no, not that one...we were dotnet.
AngelsWin.com: What keeps you coming back to the site?
BaseballMom: I enjoy reading the back and forth on the forum. Our board members are really quite entertaining.
AngelsWin.com: What have been some of your favorite articles and threads?
BaseballMom: My favorite articles right now are the Point/Counter Point with Nate and Glen or the Shenanigans threads by DR. That's some pretty funny/moving stuff. I enjoyed some of the classic threads: Common Courtesy, Furniture Sex, etc. I really like reading the old threads. They bring up some great memories. One thread that will stick with me forever though is the Nick Adenhart thread the day we found out that he died. I was devastated and the board was like a haven to me that day. I could say what was in my heart and knew that everyone would understand. Thanks for that.
AngelsWin.com: What in-person events have you attended from AngelsWin.com (Spring/Summer Fanfests, Charity Golf, Charity Softball)?
BaseballMom: I have attended most of the events since 2009 when I met a bunch of you crazy peeps. I had been going to spring training with my friend Gail since 2005, but made my first visit to Hail Mary's that year. I remember sitting on the patio afterward and drinking absinthe shots before heading over to The Library. Spring fanfest has changed a bit since then. I am the "BaseballMom" to a bunch of the younger members on the site and I treasure that relationship with all of them. I even brought orange slices to the softball game once.
AngelsWin.com: Why is AngelsWin.com your internet home for the Angels?
BaseballMom: Even though I don't post as much as I used to, I read the board almost every day. Like Stradling said, I have come to know what people will say on most subjects and it's fun to see if I am right. I am pretty sure that most people on the board are also correct in predicting which side of the fence I will land on as well.
AngelsWin.com: In your opinion, what is AngelsWin.com’s best feature: the articles, charitable events, game-day chat, message boards, Fanfests, podcasts, etc?
BaseballMom: The message board and the Fanfests are my favorite things. I have made some good friends through this site and it's a lot of fun to get together in person to catch a game or whatever. I really like that we have added the charity fundraising to our events. Several of the teachers in my district coach RBI and love it.
AngelsWin.com: Where do you live and what do you do?
BaseballMom: I live in Westminster (or shit town as Adam would say) and work at the Westminster School District. Living 7 minutes away from work is awesome. My official title is Educational Services Technician, which really means that I do a little bit of everything. I have 4 kids and 2 granddaughters, so now I am also a BaseballMeemaw.
AngelsWin.com: Why are you an Angels fan?
BaseballMom: Growing up in Orange County with a Dad who was heavily involved in the Westminster Little League, it was a natural. They are my hometown team.
AngelsWin.com: What was your first Angels game that you remember? Who’d you go with?
BaseballMom: I am way too old to remember that...lol. It probably was a group family/little league event.
AngelsWin.com: Who have been your favorite players? Why? Any great stories or interactions with them?
BaseballMom: Does anyone have a guess here? =) One of my favorite players was/is John Lackey. Whatever you might think of him, GAME 7 PEOPLE!!!!!! Of course Downing, Carew, Joyner etc. I remember going to games and paying very little to sit wherever we wanted. Got Speez to sign my cardboard World Series "crown" at Throwbacks, that was awesome. He also signed a birthday card for Cassy.
AngelsWin.com: How do you survive the offseason?
BaseballMom: This board and MLB Network really help. I love watching Hot Stove, even though Harold Reynolds drives me crazy sometimes. I catch up on shows that I haven't been able to watch during the season. And best of all, I spend time with my granddaughter who lives with me. Having a 4 year old around is never boring.
AngelsWin.com: What’s one thing you’d like everyone in AngelsWin.com to know about you?
BaseballMom: Even though I am pretty sarcastic most of the time, I really am a big sap. That said, I never ever post videos of puppies or kittens on fFacebook