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MLB 'ticket hunt' didn't take long for these five local fans

DSC_6553 Major League Baseball's All-Star FanFest "ticket hunt" went off as planned Friday, and all five red packages were found pretty quickly.

Clues were available online at MLB.com and were broadcast on AM 830, the Angels' flagship station, and AM 790, the Dodgers' flagship station.

The Angels host this summer's All-Star game July 13.

The packages get these five people tickets to all five days of the MLB All-Star FanFest, food vouchers and a baseball autographed by Angels All-Star center fielder Torii Hunter.

The FanFest will be held July 9 to July 13 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Here are the five locations of the packages and the fans who found them.

At Angel Stadium

Luz Rohm, 40, of Orange

An Angels fan, Rohm found the red box at 12:07 p.m., seven minutes after the ticket hunt began. The package was under the large helmets near the ticket office.

"My husband found out about it on the Internet," Rohm said. "He had a meeting so he couldn't make it, but he told me to go to Angel Stadium. It's just amazing. We've been waiting for the All-Star FanFest to come here. I don't have tickets to the All-Star game yet, but this is going to be fun."

At Anaheim Convention Center

Jeremy Hoppe, 29, of Alta Loma

Hoppe found the box at 12:07, after talking to his friends, several of whom were at the other sites. A Dodgers fan, he heard details on the team’s broadcast.

"I saw the clues earlier on MLB.com," Hoppe said. "I wasn't going to come here because I thought someone would have found it before I got here," he said.

He was talking on his cell phone, only 15 feet from the box, which sat between a stone plaque and the Anaheim Convention Center fountain. In fact, one person walked right past the box just before Hoppe found it.

At Anaheim City Hall

Mary Ann Fueger (accompanied by son Ben Fueger) of Anaheim

"We are so excited! We made sure to update the MLB.com Web site on our phone so we could get the clues right at noon, and it worked. Thank God for technology today. I can't believe we won! Ben is the true Angels fan of the family and has been wanting to go to this FanFest event for a few years, so thank you, MLB."

They found the package in the Japanese garden near the building permits office.

At Dodger Stadium

Frank Martinez, 20, of Montebello

"I feel good," said Martinez, who found the package near the ticket truck in Lot P. "I got the clue at AllStarGame.com, and Dodger Stadium was the closest."

On beating out his brother and brother-in-law for the prize, he said: "Of course I'm going to bring them. We had a feeling we would find it."

At Petco Park in San Diego

Richard Orduno, 29, of Temecula

"I'm really stoked," said Orduno, who found the package near the statue of Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. "I've never been to any All-Star game festivities."

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Frank Martinez shows off his prize. Credit: Courtesy MLB

 
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