Oakley, the brand most noted for their eyewear, has just opened a 1,000 sq. ft. signature store inside the Angel Stadium. Oakley provides sunglasses to all of the baseball players. And now, you can get a custom pair of shades too, and have them etched with the “A” logo while you wait. The store also carries, T-shirts, wallets, caps and pretty much anything with the “Big A” logo.
I have mixed feelings about this. I grew up in Anaheim and this old pic brings back instant, happy, childhood memories of baseball games and fun times. The landmark still towers the side of the 57 freeway today. My mom used it as a tool (back in the day) while driving to keep us kids quiet in the back seat of our El Camino station wagon. “OK kids, pipe down! Here comes the Big A!” It’s funny how we all silenced in awe of the structure. It was also a comforting sign to see after a long drive, because we knew we were close to home.
Anyway, now everything seems so commercial. I’m happy for Oakley, this seems like a good move financially, I just don’t want the Angel Stadium to start looking like an airport mall, or for Oakley to start pushing for a name change like the “Big O”. Stay true Angels!!
Oh, and since some professional bloggers suggest that inserting more personal info into your blog makes for a better read, I’ve decided to share this “Big A”artwork with you. It’s a piece I bought at the third anniversary Fullerton Art Walk in March, by artist “Elika”. I fell in love with it, and since it was Elika’s favorite too, we bonded. Now, he’s going to be exhibiting his work at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique in the fall for our monthly Art Walk. Not only that, my son’s bedroom decor just got a bit cooler! Looks like a home run for all.