Angels set Guinness World Record for sixth straight year
Five minutes is all it took. For the sixth consecutive season, the Angels once again found themselves in the record books -- the Guinness Book of World Records, that is.
Tuesday, which happened to be Cinco de Mayo, the club completed its attempt of having the largest gathering of people wearing sombreros. The unofficial total of people wearing sombreros inside Angel Stadium for the record was 25,111. Guinness will report to the Angels an official count "a few weeks later," according to a team official.
There was a Guinness official on hand to oversee the attempt, and a club representative was presented a certificate of completion afterward.
The announcement came between the fourth and fifth innings that the club was going after another world record. In order for it to be official, everyone needed to wear their sombrero, which was handed out to each fan upon entry into Angel Stadium, at the same time for at least five minutes.
Angels starter Garrett Richards got through the top of the fifth so quickly the attempt nearly bled into the bottom half of the inning.
It was announced in the middle of the fifth that the attempt at the record had been completed.
The sombrero joins the list of other Guinness World Records that have been set at Angel Stadium, including snuggies, wrestling masks, cowboy hats, wigs and Santa hats.
Having done this now for a sixth consecutive season, what the Angels have found is that being a part of setting a record is something Angels fans get excited about.
"Sixth straight year of going for a world record now and next year, hopefully, it'll be seven," Angels Marketing Director Kevin Shaw said. "Now it's something that people actually point to on their calendar and look forward to see how they can be a part of a Guinness World Record."