TEMECULA, Calif. – (July 29, 2015) – Angels fans are invited to meet RHP Garrett Richards at a free meet-and-greet on Thursday, August 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Pechanga Resort & Casino Grand Ballroom. Richards will sign one personal item per guest. Signatures are open to the first 500 people. Patrons attending the event must be 18 or older, or accompanied by an adult to enter the Pechanga Grand Ballroom for the autograph session. Members of the media are welcome to cover the meet-and-greet.
Richards spent his early childhood in Riverside, Calif. before moving with his family to Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma and was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the first round (42nd overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He set career bests in nearly every major pitching category in 2014 and compiled a 13-4 record with a 2.61 ERA (168.2 IP – 49 ER) and 164 strikeouts before having his season cut short after suffering a season-ending injury in August. On June 4, 2014 at Houston, Richards struck out the side on nine pitches and joined Nolan Ryan as the only Angels to accomplish the rare feat.
If you were one of the 16.4 million viewers who watched Monday, September 30th’s “Big Bang Theory” on CBS, you may have noticed a familiar logo. Pechanga Resort & Casino was featured prominently on the show during a scene in which character Howard Wolowitz “throws” out the first pitch of an Angels Baseball game. From the various camera angles, TV viewers see the giant red scoreboard with the Pechanga Resort & Casino logo, as well as the back outfield wall with Pechanga’s name and logo.
“We’ve had a longstanding partnership with Angels Baseball and a positive placement like appearing on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ that comes as a result of that partnership is amazing beyond belief,” says Lee Torres, Vice President of Marketing for Pechanga Resort & Casino.
The story line goes that Wolowitz is invited to throw out the first pitch at the baseball game because the stadium is hosting a Space Day promotion for fans and Wolowitz is an astronaut. Far from an athlete and not sure about whether he could hit home plate, Wolowitz made light of the situation by having the Mars Rover deliver the ball to the plate instead. The Mars Rover travels incredibly slowly and the entire stadium audience booed him.
The scene was shot at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. on Sunday, September 14 during the team’s last pre-playoff homestretch.
TEMECULA, Calif. – (April 16, 2014) – On a recent Saturday, the largest team of participants in the Temecula Valley Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual walk, the team from Pechanga Resort & Casino, put one foot in front of the other at a local minor league baseball stadium. They set out on their journey for the morning to remember a fellow team member who one month earlier passed away from type 1 diabetes, and to raise money for research to work toward eradicating the disease.