The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be having Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Night at Angel Stadium on Tuesday, May 10th. The night is right smack dab in the middle of Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, which is celebrated every year for the entire month of May.
Tomorrow night will also give you a chance to check out the Angels, who are currently in first place in the competitive American League West Division. Being competitive has been sort of a rarity in recent history for Anaheim because the last time the Angels were in the MLB Playoffs was back in 2014.
Celebrating AAPI voices throughout the community is absolutely necessary because hate crimes against those of Asian heritage have become too commonplace within the United States of America. Hate crimes against Asians went up 339% last year. Learning about Asian heritage will eventually put an end to the discrimination Asians have experienced in the USA.
Tickets are still available for AAPI Night with the Angels going up against the Tampa Bay Rays. Prices for tickets are at a reasonable cost range between $19 and $33. Five dollars from every ticket purchase will be donated to the Asian Real Estate Association of America 501-c3 (AREAA). AREAA is a non-profit organization that promotes "sustainable homeownership opportunities" for Asian Americans.
Although the game begins at 6:38 PM PST, the festivities for AAPI Night will begin at 4 PM at the north end of the parking lot with a meet and greet. Tailgating will be in full effect for a couple of hours before the game with a potluck. You do not have to bring food to participate in the potluck, but sharing is caring.
The first 25,000 fans that arrive at AAPI Night will receive a Shohei Ohtani bobblehead doll. Ohtani was the American League MVP last season. Last season, he had one of the best statistical seasons in Major League Baseball since Babe Ruth. He batted .257 with 46 home runs and 100 runs batted in. Plus, he was 9-2 as a starting pitcher for the Angels. Ohtani was born in Japan.