Angels easily cover blanket record
More than 40,000 fans wear fleece to set Guinness mark
ANAHEIM -- Move over, Cleveland. The Angels now have the world record for the largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets covered.
More than 40,000 fans at Angel Stadium wore complimentary Hideki Matsui "blankies" during the fifth inning of the Angels' game against the Twins on Tuesday to break the Guinness World Record set by the Cavaliers, the NBA franchise that had 17,758 fans wearing fleece blankets on March 5.
Most of the fans in the sold-out crowd of 43,510 wore their red "blankies," featuring Matsui's name on the back and No. 55, for five straight minutes to set the mark in front of Guinness World Records adjudicator Danny Girton Jr., who officially certified the new record.
"Two of the most important parts of evidence for this record attempt was the attendance and the video and photographic evidence so that I can go through and see if there was anyone who didn't participate," Girton said. "I'm happy to say the record has been set."
It was all part of a night in which the Angels honored world-record holders with Japanese marathon runner Naoko Takahashi throwing out the the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
Takahashi is widely known in Japan for becoming the first Japanese woman to win the Olympic marathon title when she won gold in the 2000 Sydney Games and for setting the world record in Berlin in 2001 when she became the first woman runner to complete a marathon in less than two hours, 20 minutes.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.