04/07/11 10:00 AM ET
Angels' 50th year to start same way as first
Original starter Grba to throw out first
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
"All the players we talked to about doing this were excited," Mead said. "What was great to hear was how they're still so connected to the team."They talked about Spring Training and what we look like for the coming season, how the bullpen shapes up, that kind of thing." The club is planning "to do something different" for its Sunday, Sept. 11, home date against the Yankees to observe the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center towers. "We're having discussions about different things we might do," Mead said. "We want this to be something special." Under owner Arte Moreno, chairman Dennis Kuhl and president John Carpino, the Angels are making a concerted effort to honor the organization's history. "It was always important to Mr. [Gene] Autry," Mead said of the franchise's original owner, the celebrated "Singing Cowboy" of stage, screen and television. "Under Arte Moreno's leadership, we've really had a renewed interest in our alumni and kind of reconnecting with everybody. "I think Halo fans who follow us on a regular basis are familiar with the presence of Finley, Salmon, Grich, guys like that. We're trying to extend that to include a lot more players from our team's past." There also will be uniforms from past eras worn by the current club in a promotion known as Flashback Friday. Four styles will be worn during Friday home games. Jerseys and caps from Flashback Fridays will be available for purchase in the Angel Stadium Team Store. Game-worn uniform items from each Flashback Friday will be auctioned off following the completion of each era. Ballpark renovations made in anticipation of last July's Major League All-Star Game will add to the glow of the anniversary season. "As exciting as it's going to be for our fans, starting with Opening Day," Mead said, "it's also going to be a great opportunity for our players to see the past in the present. Everyone is really looking forward to this anniversary season."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.