Angel fans wrestle themselves into the record book

By Jovani Gama |Asst. Sports Editor|

All records are meant to be broken.

This Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looked to set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing costume masks.

In addition to giving each fan in attendance a wrestling mask, inspired by the Lucha Libre wrestlers of Mexico, the Angels turned Tuesday night into a world record.

Several students from CSUSB were present at the game, two of which included senior, Sara Schrader and junior, Kaylnn Greeley.

I asked Greeley to describe what is was like to be a part of the record breaking experience.

“There was a lot of energy,” said Greeley. Everyone was really excited and everyone put on their mask.”

Starting in the fifth inning, fans were asked to wear the masks for a full 10 minutes.

Most fans were pleased to be a part of this record setting night.

Others simply refused to participate, tossing their masks aside, and never raising them to their faces.

The Angels fans in attendance that chose to participate put on masks to start the fifth inning, and the stadium scoreboard began a 10 minute countdown where fans had to wear their masks.

After 10 minutes, the Angels were able to set the record.

A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to verify the record.

It was the second consecutive season the Angels made the record books, doing a similar promotion last season when they handed out red Snuggie-style blankets and asked fans to wear them at the same time.

To get fans in the mood to wear the masks, a clip of the movie “Nacho Libre” was displayed on the stadium video board.

When asked what it was like to be in the Guinness Book of World Records, Schrader, expressed her joy and pride.

“It’s really cool. I wonder how long it will be the world record for,” said Schrader.

“Hopefully, ten years from now, it’ll still be a record.”

The masks seemingly brought good fortune to the home team, as they kept the visiting White Sox from scoring in the top half of the fifth, and were able to rack up a run in the bottom half.

Local television news updates in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning did not include highlights of the White Sox-Angels game, but did show the crowd of 40,128 wearing the red metallic fabric masks with the white Angels logo in the front and mentioned the world record that was set according to

Aside from the record setting night, there was an actual baseball game played.

The Angels made easy work of the slumping White Sox, beating them 6-2.

Alberto Callaspo singled in two runs in the Angels’ three-run first, and Maicer Izturuis hit his third home run of the season to contribute to the scoring.

The Angels gave White Sox pitcher John Danks his sixth loss of the season, making his record for the season a disheartening 0-6.

At the end of the night, it was all smiles in the city of Angels.