November 18, 2004
Mr. Speaker: I rise today in strong support of the City of Anaheim and its quest to save the Anaheim Angels.
While I completely understand the team's desire to garner more TV attention and more marketing dollars, there must be another way besides changing the name to the Los Angeles Angels.
What's in a name? Well, how about a 2002 World Series Championship. The Anaheim Angels won the team its first national title.
Secondly, and more importantly, it's part of the deal. In 1997, the Angels and the City of Anaheim made an agreement, and naming the team the Anaheim Angels was part of that agreement. To change the name would not only be a breach of faith with the people of Anaheim and all Angels fans, it would be a breach of contract.
The Anaheim Council is against the name change. The Los Angeles Council is against the name change. The people have spoken. Don't change the name of a champion. Save the Anaheim Angels.