April 5, 2012
By Ron Gonzales and Theresa Cisneros
Nieces and aunts. Fathers and sons. Whole families, generation after generation.
For Latino fans of the Angels, sure, there's a passion for the team. Yes, there's a devotion to baseball.
But there's something else: the love of family.
Dozens of fans of the Angels – whether they're from families deeply rooted in Orange County or immigrants just catching hold of America's pastime – told us that they have made the team part of their family lives. A day at the ballpark is a family activity.
Like a family story or a recipe for mole, parents, tios and grandparents pass along their affection for the team and years of knowledge about the Griches and Salmons they followed to new generations who are tweeting about the Hunters and Pujols of today.
Juan Manuel Galvan, 43, of Fullerton, is a school custodian. He was tossing a ball with son Nehemiah, 4, outside the Angel ticket office recently. A school custodian who immigrated from Michoacan, Mexico, more than 20 years ago, he said he appreciated seeing a number of Latinos on the roster.
"Maybe one day I can see my boy here, too," he said.
"As a young girl I wasn't very athletic, nor did I understand sports all too well, but going out as a family to watch the Angels was as exciting as going to Disneyland," said Erika Carmona of Anaheim. "So now, fast forward years later, at 25, I'm still a hardcore Angels fan."
Source: The OC Register