A game can't start any better than the wife giving Vladdy a beeg kees.
Not the best picture, but this is what we play for every year:
And every year we play for Mr. Autry--
--and this year we also play for Nick Adenhart and his family. I almost lost it when the Angels paid tribute to Nick in the pre-game video.
I was especially happy to see that the Angels included a clip of Jon Wilhite (the sole survivor of the accident that took the lives of Nick and his friends Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson) throwing out the first pitch on August 29.
I will never get tired of seeing an American flag this large stretched across the lawn of my favorite place in the world.
Eventually it was time for the lineups to be introduced--
--and for John Lackey to throw out the first pitch. It was a strike.
Most of these pics were taken from our seats in the top deck, section 431. Not very close to the action, which explains why I don't have more in-game pics, but it was a great place to get pics of the celebration after we won the game.
Nine innings of shutout ball. John Lackey's first postseason victory since he won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series. The first postseason shutout in Angels history. Heck, it was the first time I've witnessed a playoff win at the Big A since the 2002 ALDS. Here's hoping that we keep dealing more of the same.