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Don’t cheer for Mark Trumbo at Anaheim Stadium. You might get kicked out.

Apr 10, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

Mark Trumbo

Or: Great Moments in Insane Ushers.  Comedian Sarah Colonna tells the story of how she and a friend got kicked out of the Angels game the other day for cheering for Mark Trumbo.

Really. It’s a rambling read, but the upshot is that they stood when Trumbo came up during bases-loaded situations a couple of times. No one complained (even if no one else stood) and an usher came down and told them to sit down. Which, after a visit to the guest relations office — guest relations had no problems with her or her friend — they did. A few minutes later security comes down to their seats and kicks them out.

Colonna claims she didn’t leave anything out of the story. Which, if true, is kinda baffling. It’s like the usher was an umpire mad at being shown up or something.

Good P.R., guys.

(link via StopTheWave)

  1. shaggylocks - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I went to read her account of what happened and her very first sentence is improperly punctuated. I know that might come off as a curmudgeonly complaint, but c’mon, America, tighten up.

    • shaggylocks - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Also, after reading what happened, I hope someone in the Angels PR office is scrambling to make this up to her…

    • seitz26 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Meh. It was written conversationally/colloquially. Just a style choice.

      If this story is true, it’s a ridiculous overstep by the usher, who probably thought he had sufficiently pulled rank when he told her to take it up with his boss, certain that she wouldn’t go through with it. Then again, if they got kicked out in the top of the 7th, they should probably be thanking the guy after the way Jepsen threw up all over himself.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      I think you mean “But c’mon America, tighten up.”

      That first comma is superfluous and makes the sentence both read awkwardly and, when spoken, makes you sound like your having a stroke.

      *The “your” is a joke….I just wish I could print this really small.

    • geoknows - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Virtually nobody uses the semicolon any more, or has any notion of when they should.

      • martywinn - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

  2. pestiesti - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Ushers acting like petty dictators should be a surprise to no one.

  3. asimonetti88 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Angels Stadium security is the worst.

    • ireportyoudecide - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      I have been to 27 of the stadiums so I can tell you in my experience the Dodgers, Red Sox, and the Mets are all worse.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Yeah, Dodgers Stadium is pretty bad too.

      • bolweevils2 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        When you say their security is worse, do you mean worse as in ineffective,”Someone could smuggle a nuclear bomb into that place”, or worse as in too thorough, “Hey buddy you could have at least bought me a drink first”?

      • davidpom50 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        I wonder when you went to Dodger Stadium… In the McCourt years, security was terrible – they were never around when you needed them, and when they were around, they were officious assholes who seemed to get a kick out of hassling people trying to watch the game.

    • jeffa43 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      I just wanted to reiterate your comments… The ushers at the big A are an example of an overbearing communist government…. This is no exaggeration at all.

      They know how to take the fun out of a trip to the ballpark.

      It has been that way for 35 years that I know of… Visiting any other park after Anaheim gives you the feeling you are now free. Hope front office is reading this.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        Just to be picky, in what way do you think they are “communist”? Do you mean “authoritarian” or “totalitarian” instead?

      • jeffa43 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        No freedom of speech… No signs…. If you are wearing opposing team colors, you will be eyed all game, as you are not in line with their REDness :)

        I guess authoritarian may have been a better adj.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        No, no. The “REDness” was good. lol

      • hermitfool - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        They sound a helluva lot like commies. Jerkwad=commies most places.

  4. rcali - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    They treat you like crap at Dodger Stadium too. Anyone else getting the same treatment at ball games?

    • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      One of my friends got in trouble in Arlington for swearing. The nice lady usher spelled the word for him so he’d know he’d been very bad.

      • indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Did she kick him out?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        No, but she gave him an official Finger-Wagging and we all got the stink-eye. He was totally lost too, b/c none of us remember him saying it. Here’s the sorry part of the story: at games in Arlington, a lot of the Gringos know enough Spanish to really give you a hard time. The guys down in front were saying all kinds of things to Miggy & Avila when they were warming up. I guess the usher didn’t understand Spanish.

      • indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        No, not the finger wagging stink-eye! I knew you and your friends were troublemakers. :-)

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Ha! It’s really all my sister-in-law. That woman starts it. lol

        So, remember, don’t say the s-word in Arlington. (Oh, and she paused and whispered when she got to the “t” so it wouldn’t be like she was saying it.)

      • indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        I am doing a poll. Do you listen to games on the radio, you know, just like a man?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        No, my ears are connected to my uterus, so there’s an echo and fashion commentary track in the background.

      • indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        LMAO You win the much coveted “You Made Me Spittle On My iPad Award” today.

      • tommyshih - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:12 AM

        Better than the stinky finger eye waggle, let me tell you.

    • dannymac17 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      I have never been treated unfairly at Dodger stadium, in fact, the security has always been pleasant to the 9-10 games I make every year.

  5. mungman69 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Let’s get both sides of the story.

    • blacksables - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Are you new here?

  6. Dres - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I’ve been to many many games at Angel stadium and many stadiums in general and I can without a doubt say that Angel stadium has the absolute worst ushers. They are curmudgeonly and look for any reason to yell at you. They are rude and parade around power tripping all over themselves. Also, they wear silly hats.

    • someguyinva - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Sounds like they’re all moonlighting from their day jobs as marshals at the local public golf courses.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      lol at the stupid hat part. Whoever decides the ushers’ uniforms definitely has a unique fashion sense.

  7. yashraba - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    At Yankee Stadium for Roger Clemens’ 350th win me and my friend were in Right field first tier. A bunch of rowdy Twins fans were giving the home crowd a lot of grief all game, and most of it was laced with middle fingers and foul language. In the 8th inning Clemens struck someone out for what I believe was the final out and whole place started going nuts. Twins fans start cursing at us to sit down, so naturally security comes, and kicks me and my friend out of the park. The whole section kept telling security they had the wrong guys but they werent about to be shown up.

    I’ve done a lot of stuff at sports games in my younger days that would warrant being thrown out but honestly we never even said a word to those guys, I couldn’t belive it. I chalked it up to karma, but was a little bummed they took my ticket stub, it would have been a nice piece of memorabelia to hold on to. Instead we were forced to respect their authoritaaa and miss the 9th inning.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      I was also at that game. Section 35 and Section 37 were going back and forth at each other. By the end of the game, the ushers were just tossing whole bunches of people.

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      What’s with this “they took my ticket stub”? I have been lucky enough never to have been thrown out of a ballpark (although there was that time at Fenway when I was denied admission because somehow a case of beer had been misplaced in the blanket I innocently carried – hey, it’s cold in early April at Fenway.) If you had paid for the game, you owned that ticket stub. Even if they asserted some right to dictate decorum, the stub was yours. I’m an old ’60s-’70s radical (my brother-in-law is the guy holding Pegasus the Pig for all you Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin fans) and I REALLY don’t like this. I have had enough troubles with obnoxious fans (i.e. the very real risk of being punched out as a Yankee fan at Fenway.) Please don’t tell me this is the present state of live MLB (or maybe you should since it might make me happier that I really can’t afford to go anymore.)

  8. fenway9999 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Now a days ballparks really need to worry about customer relations. There are far too many ways to enjoy a game without going to the stadium. The overall cost associated with attending is high everywhere (yes I am from Boston and yes Fenway is the highest) so a little courtesy and salesmanship should be the #1 priority for these clubs to keep the seats full. Sarah’s story is quite detailed and she knew it would get national attention when she wrote it so I find it quite believable. I would never go so far to say the usher should lose their job, however some job training at improving interpersonal skills should be a must. Maybe he could get them at the guest relations office?

  9. 13arod - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    if you can’t stand up and cheer for somebody when they come to the plate whats the point of going to the ballpark then this is stupied

    • indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      If you stand and cheer–and no one else joins in–there’s nothing wrong with it if you keep it brief. But if you stand up for a long period of time, and no one else stands around you, it’s a bit rude. Not the cheering, but the standing part. You’re blocking other’s people view. You can cheer vociferously while sitting down if no else stands.

      • indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        Oh, sheesh…”other people’s views” and “if no one else stands.” (The grammar police is out in full force today.)

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        “I am doing a poll. Do you listen to games on the radio, you know, just like a man?”

        Hahaha! For what it’s worth (and admittedly…it isn’t worth much)…
        I love the fact this pisses you off. Out of the entire article…you pick this out.
        Great stuff. LOL!

  10. citizenking77 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Anaheim Stadium? Gee, do the Rams still play there Craigbert?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Eh, you knew what I was talking about. As a general rule I try to avoid corporate names for parks or, in the case of LAA of A Stadium, silly ones.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        It’s called Angel Stadium of Anaheim now. Pretty straightforward if you ask me…

  11. indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I read her story, and if it is completely honest, I agree that the ushers were overzealous. I’ve never seen anyone thrown out for nothing. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but it’s hard not to believe that there is more to this story.

    I do have a question. In her story, while citing her baseball fan credentials, she states: “Yes, I listen to baseball in my car like a man.” I have no idea what that means. Do male baseball fans listen to baseball games on the radio differently than female fans? Is it something like how you guys urinate standing and we do it sitting? Please clarify.

    • fenway9999 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      My assumption is that any woman who may actually listen to games on the radio is definitely in the minority and that is where her comment is based from. The same as sports radio listeners are also generally male. Females are smarter and spend their time more wisely.

      • indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        You overestimate us women.

        I knew what she meant. I was being a smart ass. She should’ve just left it at, “I listen to games on the radio.” Period. Women make up approximately 46% of baseball fans. Many of us listen to the games on the radio, just like a fan, when we don’t have access to a television.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Ahem, this is a family site. Please don’t say “a-s-s” where little ears can hear it.

        /wags finger

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Inda: I personally know zero Women who listen to baseball in their vehicle.
      I am thinking this is exactly what she is referring to. It is definately atypical for Women to do so.

      • indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Stlouis, it’s my pleasure to make your acquaintance. /shake hands

        Now you know one.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM


        My sister and I listened to the O’s-Yanks driving down to Texas for a wedding last fall and kept my niece awake the whole time cheering (and booing). She was crabby about it. She was trying to read or, something.

      • fearlessleader - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        Are you serious, stl???

        I’m a Cards fan in southern California. I keep one preset button (home and car) on the Dodgers’ station, one on the Angels’, and one on the Padres’. The laptop, the work computer, and the iPad are all set up to hear KMOX via On a good day, there’s baseball available EVERY MINUTE from noon till bed.

        My sister’s the same way on the opposite coast. And we learned it from our mother.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Fearless: Now I know THREE. Lol! If you consider our mutual affinity for HBT acutally knowing someone.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Yep…I totally had you pegged as someone who listens to baseball on the radio.
      And the pleasure is mine!

      • indaburg - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        I even called into a sports radio show once. The radio jock Dan Sileo, who was known for inflammatory statements, was making particularly stupid ones that day. I couldn’t help myself, to my husband’s embarassment (he secretly loved it). I know they do that sort of thing to draw listeners to call, and it worked. Sileo has since been fired from our local station.

  12. stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I was at the Great American Smallpark in Cincinnati for the Cardinals/Redlegs game.
    Jr. was still with the team…playing right field. Our seats were right down the 1st base line. About 20 years from 1st base…up the line a bit. So Junior has to pass right in front of us to take his position.
    Early in the game I look at the infield between innings and Junior and the 1st and 2nd base umpires are hamming it up like old high school friends. Giggling and laughing like little school girls. Junior has his arm around one of them. Quite frankly…it was pissing me off. I am very loud. Very…loud. My voice carries like no other. Out of nowhere I start shouting (at the top of my lungs)…”Home Cookin’!” “Get out of their ears Junior!” “Home Cookin!.” “Take your position Ken!” “Home Cookin’!” “Look everyone…Junior and the Umpires have found love!” “Home Cookin’!”
    This went on for the entire time between innings. I am the only Cardinals fan in our section. All my buddies (and the other Reds fans) are cracking up. Junior then comes over…gives me a smile and the ole’ head nod. I point to my Cardinals logo and he just starts laughing and shaking his head. The Ushers come over to me (laughing) and tell me…”good work.”
    As far as I am concerned…the Ushers in Cincinnati are great. They go out of their way to help me. While cracking on me of course. But its in good fun. I have also had no issues with the Ushers in the Lou’.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      I find it hard to imagine that you are loud.


      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Lol! I post (1 1/2) pages and THAT is what you get out of it?
        Jeesh Women. Yeah…I don’t have an inside voice.
        In fact, I whisper louder than most people talk.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        And just for the record…I fully expected you would be a radio listening baseball enthusiast.
        But back to me being loud. Is it really that obvious? I the point of it coming across a keyboard? Hahaha!

      • historiophiliac - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        You just seem…enthusiastic. 😉

  13. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Wow. That usher needs to be fired and black-balled from working for any other sports team.

    *** WARNING! Cheap shot below (in light of the asshattedness of the Anaheim usher(s)) ***

    Arlington, TX = “Baseball Town”
    Anaheim, CA = NOT a “Baseball Town”

  14. beefytrout - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    What a shame that this would happen in a true baseball town like Anaheim.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      There he is! Been waitin’ on you Trout!

      • beefytrout - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Sorry, I was occupied with my Rangers doing jack squat on offense today!

      • youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Jack squat would be an improvement from what my screen is showing me. This entire ump crew has been awful for the entire series so far.

  15. 4d3fect - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Just read the article, weird. Been to the Big A a couple times and had a blast, never a whiff of ‘tude from the ushers. There were some really loud fans there too.

  16. takavl - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Colonna is intelligent and somewhat funny in a group format. She’s also easy on the eyes. Yes, I watch “Chelsea Lately.” Taking her version as “true,” yes, it sucks. But what the hell…that writing format is an utter chore to try to read.

    Also — is this getting kicked out of ballparks for “enthusiasm” a “thing,” now? Honest question…maybe I just haven’t been to the right ones?

  17. opshuns - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I wouldn’t want the seats behind them… Standing for excitement, but sitting is better….

    • ghostfishhunter - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Id pay extra for the seat behind her if shes going to be standing up all the time.

  18. andreweac - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Angel Stadium ushers are terrible. A few years ago I was comp’ed seats. The section was totally vacant yet the usher made some kid, who it turns out was a friend of Brandon Woods, made us sit in our exact seat assignments.

    This was in the player section. Unreal! This story does not surprise me in the least.

  19. chris1019 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Hahahaha tommyshih you made me laugh out loud.

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