The current name of the MLB team, the Angels, located in Anaheim, California. What many don't seem to realize is that the Angels were originally the "Los Angeles Angels" when they formed in 1961, as they played in Los Angeles. Since their move in 1967 to their new home in Anaheim, the Angels have undergone many name changes, from the "California Angels" (1965-1996) to the "Anaheim Angels" (1997-2004) and now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005-present). The revert to the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" was a marketing strategy by new club owner Arte Moreno, who changed the team name back to their original identity, in effort to advertise the team to all of Southern California. His marketing strategy has worked, as the value of the team has nearly quintupled since he purchased it. Furthermore, he has worked out a major syndication deal with Fox Sports that has allowed him to support one of the largest payrolls in all of baseball. Most fans have long-since adapted to the new name, and most of the trashtalk lingering is coming from the Dodgers fans envious of their superior cross-town rivals, while they are forced to sit in squalor in a sespit that houses their team. They joke about the Angels wishing they were in L.A, but neglect to admit that the Angels have a larger payroll, and more fans in attendance than any Dodger game - they also are too embarrassed to admit that the only famous athelete on their team is the owner, Magic Johnson.
Angel fan: "Hey, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are playing tonight!"
Dodger fan: "Who are they?"
Angel fan: "You know, the team that swept your team last week."
Dodger fan: "Oh yeah."
The new (and original) name for the Angels. Started with Los Angeles, then California, then Anaheim (when Disney also had a gay logo for the team), then back to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On TV, the three letters featured for sports scores are shown as LAA, with the dodgers as LAD. Tickets printed from the Angels box office are shown as just ANGELS, ie ANGELS vs BOSTON RED SOX.
It is part of Arte Moreno's (the Angels owner) plan of marketing to the entire Southern California market. He has marketed the team as ANGELS BASEBALL and The A Team by putting up billboards in LA and playing TV and Radio ads. In response, the dodgers have a "This is LA Baseball" marketing campaign, though they deny it has nothing to do with the Angels. The Dodgers have also now had player appearances in Orange County, clearly showing Arte's campaign is working.
Media made it seem like many fans were very upset about the name change, but an overwhelming majority do not care because the team continues to put up perennial winning numbers and tickets to weekend games are pretty much impossible to walk up and buy. The city of anaheim and their worthless mayor curt pringle waste taxpayers money by spending $4 million on a lawsuit against the name and will probably end up spending more than $10 million to cover the Angels lawsuit expenses as well. curt pringle also brings bad luck to angel games as he publicly does not support them, but then shows up to the playoff games to get his nam...
A MLB team with an identity crisis, so they created this ridiculous name for their team. Nobody cared about them as the "California Angels" and nobody cared about them as the "Anaheim Angels," so they tried this newest name. Sadly, it hasn't helped, and even though they fluked their way to a World Series Championship in 2002, nobody cares about this team. Perhaps some other teams that nobody cares about should try renaming themselves similarly, such as "The Washington Nationals of the District of Columbia."
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are sad.
The team that has dominated in the new millenium. Vladimir Guerrero, Orlando Cabrera, Chone Figgins, Garrett Andersen, and new rookies such as Mike Napoli and the soon to be rookie of the year Jared Weaver.
Angel fans complain about the name but, c'mon... Los Angeles is the city of Angels! Having it in Anaheim makes no sence!
The Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim should be renamed the Southern California Angels so everyone is happy.