LOS ANGELES Danny Espinosa was 15 years old in 2002 when he and his father, Dan, made a bet.
They couldnt be in a more perfect place to do such a thing. Las Vegas. It was the site of a club baseball tournament Espinosa was playing in on a team coached by his dad.
As Espinosa recalls, if their team lost in the semifinals, he and his father would take a redeye back to Orange County in order to be able to make it to the World Series between the Angels and Giants.
They won and lost at the same time.
We won (the tournament) but we missed the World Series, said Espinosa with a grin.
His chance, as a 15-year-old, to see the Angels capture their first World Series in franchise history never happened.
Aside from that moment in history, Espinosa didnt miss out on many Angels games. His family has been longtime season ticket holders since well before the 26-year-old was born. Even though he grew up liking the Dodgers more than the team further south on the 5 freeway, he eventually c...