Fans Rally to Keep the Angels in Anaheim

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All photos by William Vo/OC Weekly
The Catch restaurant was the place to catch "Keep the Angels in Anaheim" fever.

Hours before your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim would rally to beat the Philadelphia Phillies at the Big A Wednesday night, dozens of their fans rallied nearby to keep the Major League Baseball franchise in town.

Arte Moreno Threatening to Move Angels to...Tustin?!

Photographer William Vo, whose images grace this post, estimated the crowd at The Catch restaurant on Katella Avenue in Anaheim numbered about 50 people at first but grew to around 70 by the time the two-hour event ended. They ranged in age from kiddies to old farts, most wore Angels garb and some toted signs with messages like "Keep the Angels in Anaheim," "We Bleed Halo Red" and "Damn the Man."

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Young and old turned out for the rally.

"The Man" would be Angels owner Arte Moreno, who is said to have entertained proposals to move the team to Tustin, Irvine and the City of Industry--and who has long been rumored to desire somewhere closer to his Arizona base as a final landing spot for the Halos.

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Fans who want to keep the Angels in Anaheim listen intently to invited speakers.

The rally was organized by a group called Keep the Angels (www.KeepTheAngels.com). "Keep the Angels is a grassroots coalition of Angels fans, Anaheim residents, taxpayers, and businesses who all share a common goal, keeping the Angels in Anaheim," explained Russell Lahodny of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. "We're dedicated to getting the politics out of the negotiations and making sure the voice of the fans is heard."

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Ladies show their support for keeping the home team at home.

Lahodny notes the negotiations between the city and the team have stalled--and he made it clear the Keep the Angels troops are directing their fire at both Moreno and the Anaheim City Council. The reason for the chamber's keen involvement is clear: The Angels draw more than 3 million attendees a year that, as Lahodny will tell you, "support thousands of jobs at the stadium and thousands more in local restaurants and other businesses."

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Cheryl Peter-Rodarte
Cheryl Peter-Rodarte

dont worry,yall can be doyer fans...lol...forget it,move to arizona you kooks

Ramon Slayton Alvarez
Ramon Slayton Alvarez

Hes a fucking idiot!!! Next tging you know he'll be selling tamales at the games.

Judy Case
Judy Case

Arte get your head outta yo big Butt! Stop F*n with our team!!!

Eric Geller
Eric Geller

1) All of the Dodgers fans who crudely commented here, you need to rethink your posts because the last thing you want is for L.A./So. Cal to lose a team. 2) The Angels were created in Los Angeles while the Dodgers were created in Brooklyn NY. 3) The Angels aren't moving to Arizona. 4) As for the Angels fans keeping them in Orange County regardless if it's Anaheim or Tustin is no difference. 5) If I were an O.C. resident/fan I'd be more worried if they moved to Industry because that's L.A. County. 6) Orange County will NEVER, EVER again get an NFL team. Biggest mistake the Rams made was moving to Anaheim. The NFL wants back in L.A. Not O.C.

Victor Salas
Victor Salas

Best news I heard all day!!! I hope Artie moves them, just to see all you bandwagon Halos "fans" cry and whine about it!

David Robles
David Robles

All you Asshole angel fans if artie takes them to Arizona don't become Dodger fans San Diego is closer

Keith Burks
Keith Burks

Stadium Could make room for the NFL, Rams..??guessing..

Rick Jimenez
Rick Jimenez

Dislike the Angels but their best logo was when they were the California Angels.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

Jamie, Los Doyers is a nickname that Latinos embraced while others tried using it to mock those that speak Spanish. You speak of that which you do not know. If you knew the difference between our team and yours, it's that we embrace all colors, cultures, religions, and races. I wouldn't say the same about your "angelitos," particularly your stupid racista fans.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

Dear Neil, Take your ass back to Europe or wherever the fuck you're from cause I am in America, dumb ass. Sincerely, The Native Americans

Neil Zajic
Neil Zajic

Dear don. Please take your ass back to Mexico. Nobody wants you here in America. Sincerely, everybody

Scott Abbe
Scott Abbe

Moreno is a MORON!!!!! Love the team, hate the owner.....

Richard Cortez
Richard Cortez

Please take this piece of Shit Team out of California. And the San Francisco Giants too..

El Coico
El Coico

Good, for a minute there I thought you were blowing a gasket. Phew.

Rocio Gonzalez
Rocio Gonzalez

Susan Garcia Moreno is a nut case!!! He needs to leave Californias team alone! First we had to pick the LA now a whole other state! F that!

DavidZenger
DavidZenger

What a sorry display. Using little kids to help foist a major taxpayer giveaway to a billionaire, who, by the way is negotiating to dump the name Anaheim from his operation.



Raymond Murillo
Raymond Murillo

I'm not an Angel fan but I don't understand the move if it's real. Artie complains that Anaheim is not a big enough sports market hence the name change...but there is no city in Az that has a bigger market than Anaheim/OC.

Herrera Izack
Herrera Izack

Let Arte play hardball. If he lives Anaheim will keep the stadium and get an expansion team or football team. How about that Arthur?!

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

If the Angels move to Arizona I will become a dodger fan overnight!

Jamie Nicole Rocha
Jamie Nicole Rocha

I'm sorry, but how exactly am I an "uncle tom"? I made a factual observation: Dodgers have a ton of Cholo fans. This is fact. For god sakes, the team's nickname is "Los Doyers." What would have been racist if I said "Dodgers suck because they have Mexican fans and all Mexican fans are cholos." But I didn't because it's not true, especially I'm Mexican and I am around a large cholo population, who a majority wear Dodger and Raider stuff. So it looks like you're the only one being the racial one around here. And not only that but in denial.

Jason Hatfield
Jason Hatfield

You don't have to threaten me just because I have different color skin than you.

Jamie Nicole Rocha
Jamie Nicole Rocha

You do realize you're stuck in a van with me for possibly 5 weeks this summer, right? Don't piss the merch girl off.

Jason Hatfield
Jason Hatfield

Don Mexico, according to your logic the Raiders should be regarded as a good team because they have 3 championships but as we all know they're a joke. It doesn't matter how good your team was. And Jamie Nicole Rocha is totally racists.

Kirk Burris
Kirk Burris

Should have stayed The California Angel as they originally were..

David Tomas
David Tomas

They can be the first team with a three city name.

Lucas Jakobi
Lucas Jakobi

Mr. Don Mexico, the angels have a better record than the dodgers so shut the fuck up and leave.

Luke Armstrong
Luke Armstrong

All the dodgers fans can stop posting now. Thanks. Angels..... Keep em here. That owner can lick dog nuts.

Eric Devilman Calvillo
Eric Devilman Calvillo

Hey puto the angels weren't even the angels till 61 they were some chump ass tripple a team. I did do my research bitch and what im sayin is truth. Any true angel fan would know this. Which obviously you aint. No matter what you say the angels will forever be in the Dodgers shadow. Even on their best day the could never be like the Dodgers. So jump back on your bandwaggon cabron!!!!

Nick Riviera
Nick Riviera

@ EA Prieto: Not Aguitado...Angry! You know how you get pissed when a bum asks you for money well this is a billion times worse...a billionaire asking for a handout...shameful!

Silvia L Rodriguez
Silvia L Rodriguez

Arizona is a racist state. Not sure what upsets you about my comment. I didn't say, "all people from Arizona are racist" Did I?

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

The batshit crazy prospector is right; all Dodger fans take his advice before it's too late ....

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