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World  Series
10/20/2002 11:59 pm ET 
Singing Cop prolongs streak
By Chris Shuttlesworth / MLB.com

The home team is 9-0 when Daniel Rodriguez sings; the Angels hope that trend continues.  (Amy Sancetta/AP)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The man known as the Singing Cop put his perfect record on the line before Sunday's Game 2 of the World Series.

"I'm 8-0 when I sang for the Yankees. I sang here once for the Angels, and they won," said Daniel Rodriguez, the tenor who rose to fame for his stirring renditions of the national anthem and "God Bless America" following the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Make it 10-0 overall for the New York City police officer, currently on a leave of absence from the force. Rodriguez performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Angels beat the Giants, 11-10.

"I'm rooting for the Angels, because they beat my beloved Yankees," said Rodriguez. "I'm excited to be here. I love the Angels organization. It's a great organization."

The Angels also invited a man who knows plenty about winning national championships to be part of the pregame festivities. Former UCLA coach John Wooden, whose men's basketball teams won 10 NCAA titles, including a record seven in a row from 1966-73, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.

Fans in attendance continued to provide their own entertainment as well, as the giveaway once again included Thundersticks (officially called "Cheerstix," by the way). The crowd also received pennants as they entered the gates.

As before Game 1, when a fighter flew over Edison Field, the U.S. Air Force performed a flyover before Game 2.

Chris Shuttlesworth is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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