We arranged to meet up with our pal & fellow ballpark chaser, Steve Fekete aka Padre Punk again. He took off from work that day. He told us to meet him at Portillo's for an early dinner in Buena Park which is 7 miles north of Anaheim at 4:30PM.
Since we had some rare spare time we drove up part of the Pacific Coast Highway as we made our way towards Anaheim which is 100 miles from where we stayed.
|Duck & The King at Oceanside Beach|
Shortly thereafter, Steve wrote me & he said he was at Portillo's. With that being said, we walked back over there & we joined him. They're known for their hot dogs and beef. They also have chicken & fish sandwiches. I decided to get a fried halibut sandwich which was excellent. I had fries and a shake with it.
After we ate, we drove over to Angels Stadium to see the Angels play the Houston Astros. We parked the car on the street within walking distance of the ballpark thanks to Steve who knows the area since he lives nearby and he goes there often.
Steve, the King & Duck decided to go ahead towards the ballpark. I stayed by the car because I was waiting for some special people that the King & I initially met back in March 2000 when we saw the Mets play the Cubs in Tokyo, Japan. I'm referring to Dennis & Sue Kelly who were originally from Long Island. They moved to Orange County which is where Anaheim is located just over 30 years ago. Since we've met them, we've taken turns visiting each other over the years.
They showed up shortly after Steve, the King & Duck left so it worked out well. They parked right behind us. We then walked over to the stadium together. I wanted to make sure they didn't get lost along the way. We caught up with Steve, the King & Duck by the home plate gate where the two Angel hats are for those of you who have been to the ballpark there. We proceeded to round up tickets outside. Once we did we all went inside. We arranged to meet upstairs behind home plate where we watched the game together. We were one big happy family if you will.
|View from Upper deck at Angels Stadium|
|Steve Fekete, Duck, King, Me, Dennis & Sue Kelly|
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