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THE CIRCUS IS NO LONGER IN TOWN FOR ANGELS GAMES
Published March 19, 1997
The Angels are tagging the '97 season as their "Breakthrough Season," but according to Mark Tomaszewski of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, "longtime baseball fans might prefer another slogan: 'Going, going, gone.'" Tomaszewski notes that the Angel Wing cheerleaders, the "high-volume sound effects" and the brass bands on the dugouts will all be gone for the upcoming season. Last season, Anaheim Sports Inc. added several entertainment components "that were jarring to baseball traditionalists" following Walt Disney purchasing controlling interest of the team. Angels Dir of Comm. Bill Robertson notes after an offseason of study, the team "decided to tone down the non-baseball activities." Robertson: "From what our fans tell us, they prefer to watch the baseball game. ... We'll have better control of the entertainment to keep our loyal fans and season-ticket base happy" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/19).