From left: Erick Aybar, Chone Figgins, Juan Rivera, and Maicer Izturis of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim get ready in the dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

The Angels have great team chemistry

Posted on September 28, 2009

From left: Erick Aybar, Chone Figgins, Juan Rivera, and Maicer Izturis of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim get ready in the dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

 

Even though the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat my San Francisco Giants in the 2002 World Series (when they were the Anaheim Angels) I have always enjoyed watching and photographing this team- especially in recent years as they play a fun National League-style brand of ball. I have grown to appreciate this club even more this season as I started shooting them goofing around in the dugout before games in both Oakland and San Francisco. What great team chemistry they have!

The first time I shot them in the dugout was before an interleague game against the Giants in San Francisco. I was hanging out watching and waiting for some moments to happen when Erick Aybar, Chone Figgins, Juan Rivera, and Maicer Izturis all gathered together for an impromptu group photo. What a really fun group of players!

Bobby Abreu #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets ready in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on July 19, 2009 in Oakland, California.

Bobby Abreu #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets ready in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on July 19, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

We had one day in Oakland when Bobby Abreu would not stop posing for me right before the 1:05 first pitch against the A’s. This team always teams so loose! They really seem to enjoy playing together and man does Abreu have a nice smile!

Howard Kendrick #47 (left) and coach Dino Ebel #21 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim get ready in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on July 18, 2009 in Oakland, California.

Howard Kendrick #47 (left) and coach Dino Ebel #21 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim get ready in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on July 18, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Since the Angels have locked up another playoff spot and will be heading to the playoffs soon I look forward to them being super loose when I photograph them again in Oakland this Saturday.

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