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Cleaning up after the Angels

Erica Ford, 59, has been the official seamstress for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team for about a dozen years. She arrives at Angel Stadium before home games at 3 a.m. to begin her work caring for the team’s uniforms. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
The uniform of All-Star right fielder Vladimir Guerrero is tattered at the sleeves because he likes to pick at the thread. Although Erica Ford’s job is to repair the stitching, Guerrero prefers it in a state of disrepair. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Erica Ford checks each uniform as she prepares them for the laundry. She not only cares for the Angels’ uniforms but many visiting teams utilize her sewing talents to repair uniforms. “She’s kind of like an unsung hero,” said Jeff Davenport, equipment manager for the Kansas City Royals. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Although it’s not the dirtiest job around, Erica Ford often works up a sweat in Angel Stadium’s humid laundry room. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Erica Ford knows the habits of players and coaches. When the Angels are winning, Manager Mike Scioscia has a particular superstition. “If they’ve won a couple of games in a row, his pants are inside out to keep the luck in,” Ford said. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)