10/20/2002 11:55 pm ET
Rally Monkey, fans spark Angels
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- When the Angels dropped a five-spot on the Giants in the first inning of Game 2 of the Fall Classic, Anaheim fans beat their ThunderStix with glee but probably assumed that the most famous monkey this side of the Mississippi would not have to make an appearance on this night.
But six innings, 17 runs and seven pitching changes later, the Rally Monkey indeed reared its cuddly head on the scoreboard at Edison Field, hoping to spark a run barrage after a crowd of 44,584 watched the home team squelch the lead and attempt to overcome a 9-8 deficit with runners on first and second and two outs in the sixth frame.
Call it monkey karma, or maybe just really good luck, but Garret Anderson knocked a base hit off Aaron Fultz, driving in Darin Erstad to tie the game at nine.
Despite the fact that the Angels were faced with a 9-9 tie score in the seventh frame, Angels fan Eric Rogers wasn't worried. In fact, he prefers games like this.
"This is the American League," he said from his seat in the right-field restaurant that overlooks the field. "We're used to this. Games like this are a lot better than the low-scoring ones. You have to have confidence in the Rally Monkey. When we're down in the first couple of innings, we always come back."
It was indeed an up-and-down night for the rambunctious crowd, peppered with celebrities such as Jim Belushi, Kobe Bryant, David Hasselhoff, Charlie Sheen, Rob Reiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger, just to name a few. To further prove that anything was possible on this zany night, consider this little tidbit -- Hall of Famer George Brett was caught by television cameras catching a foul ball in the seventh inning from his seat on the third-base side. Brett was on hand as part of a Nextel promotion in which fans entered a sweepstakes, with lucky winners attending a Fall Classic game with him.
Only at the World Series, folks, only at the World Series.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.