He wanted no part of it.
"I was tired of media asking me about double zero," he said. "I didn't realize it was that much of a rarity. I don't want to have to do an interview about it every time I go to a city."
Boesch said there was no story behind No. 00, compelling or otherwise. He said the Angels assigned him the number in spring training, when he was a non-roster invitee.
"I embraced it," he said. "Everybody else made it a way bigger deal. It became more of a distraction."
Boesch, wearing his new No. 28, was in the Angels' lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies as the designated hitter. He batted .326 with 22 home runs in 84 games at triple-A Salt Lake, and he led the Pacific Coast League with a .625 slugging percentage and 1.006 OPS. He recently reached base in 11 consecutive plate appearances.
The Angels are batting .223 and averaging 3.2 runs per game since the All-Star break, with both figures ranking last in the American League.
To clear a roster spot for Boesch, the Angels returned right-hander Caleb Clay to Salt Lake. Clay, 26, who has pitched seven minor league seasons without making a major league appearance, was promoted Sunday but did not pitch in his two days with the Angels.