Five Places for All-Star Players to Avoid to Stay Out of Trouble

Five Places for All-Star Players to Avoid to Stay Out of Trouble
Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly
​Major League Baseball's All-Star Game isn't known for enlisting sluggers with squeaky clean criminal records. Exhibit A: this mugshot gallery.

And Orange County, where today's All-Star Game will be held, has time and again lured athletes into trouble--legal, medical and moral trouble. With that legacy in mind, here's a rundown of places that players should avoid if they want to stay off of Deadspin this week.


1. Fritz That's Too
Batters up!
Batters up!
Flickr user shesupsidedown / Creative Commons

his strip joint is so close to Angel Stadium that it's been known to host actual Angels players winding down between games. That's healthy and good during the regular season, but you can bet that camera phones will be out in full force ahead of tomorrow's high-profile match-up. Derek Jeter doesn't want to be caught adding branches to his herpes tree.


2. The Anaheim motel district
Don't touch the furniture.
Don't touch the furniture.
Flickr user roadsidepictures

In 1997, leadoff Angels batter Tony Phillips was arrested at the Ivanhoe Motel and charged with felony cocaine possession. He was visiting a stripper friend. While Ivanhoe is gone, the area around Katella and Harbor is still home to a cluster of seedy motels filled with as many drug users as the Texas Rangers' clubhouse.


3. Harbor Blvd., between 1st and 5th in Santa Ana
She doesn't want us to see her Halloween costume.
She doesn't want us to see her Halloween costume.
Flickr user Thomas Hawk / Creative Commons

Orange County's miracle mile for prostitution is only a few miles away from the stadium. We'd advise players to stick to craigslist instead of trying to "hail a cab" from this stretch of road, but it turns out that not even the Internet is safe for lusty MLB stars.


4. Downtown Fullerton
The Continental Room: the classiest joint in downtown Fullerton.
The Continental Room: the classiest joint in downtown Fullerton.
Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly

Drunken college girls are plentiful here, which might prove to be an issue for the likes of Josh Hamilton. Besides, it was only a little more than a year ago that tragedy befell Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart while as he was headed to the boozy Fullerton country dance club In Cahoots.


5. Angels Stadium 
We're not saying this guy will stab you, but we're not saying he won't.
We're not saying this guy will stab you, but we're not saying he won't.
Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly

Yes, the scene of the game might just be the scene of a crime. A man was killed in a fight in the parking lot on opening day last year, and last June saw an off-duty police officer shoot two  a marine and his brother who allegedly tried to assault the cop. Another fan was fatally stabbed at a tailgate party after the Angels 2002 World Series win. A recent fight in the stands went viral. Skinheads are known to roam the parking lot after games to propagandize. Worst of all: 2007 saw the stadium grab headlines for a rat infestation. It's been since cleaned up, but given everything we've talked about above--and the Angels' famed curse--participants might want to keep an eye out for bearers of the bubonic plague.


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