10/27/2002 8:00 pm ET
Even Angels fans in awe of Bonds
Unscientific poll gives SF slugger the early MVP
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With a .500 batting average, four homers, a couple of doubles and a World Series-record 12 walks in the first six games, Barry Bonds forever did away with his reputation for needing a Heimlich Maneuver every October.
But did he do enough to win the series Most Valuable Player award, even if the Giants lose Game 7? Surprisingly, most of the Angels fans asked that question Sunday answered with a resounding, "Yes."
"Unless he hits into four double plays and makes five errors tonight, I can't see how anyone can say someone else deserves it," said 42-year-old Paul Taylor of nearby Santa Ana.
Taylor, it should be noted, was wearing a replica jersey of one of Anaheim's top candidates. First baseman Scott Spiezio hit the three-run homer that sparked the Angels' astounding comeback in Game 6, giving him eight RBIs for the series.
"Speez has been great, no question about it, and he's by far my favorite player," Taylor said. "But if you're going to look at objectively, you just can't ignore what Bonds has done."
Ah, objectivity. The root of all good journalism. Of course the small panel of sportswriters tasked with tabbing the award winner will reward Bonds for the most dominant athletic performance since the 49ers embarrassed the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV.
"I don't know. I don't think the media likes the guy very much," said Gloria Gallas of Los Angeles. "I don't know if that will come into play or not. I hope not, because as much as I hate what he does to my Angels, he sure is good. I think he deserves it."
This from a woman wearing a Troy Glaus jersey. Glaus is another strong candidate, with three homers, eight RBIs, a .417 average and the game-winning double in Game 6.
"Glaus should win it if the Angels win it," insisted Hank Ellison, who flew in Arizona on Sunday morning to catch Game 7. "Bond is incredible, but I don't think you should win anything if your team doesn't."
The results of a highly unscientific poll went as follows: Bonds got 13 votes, Glaus 6, Spiezio 4. And then there was the one vote cast by way of the best sign at the ballpark.
Tyler Stevens, a 13-year-old from Tustin, Calif., held it high above his head at the front of Edison Field and got high fives and cheers from everyone in red who walked by. It was a giant picture of the Rally Monkey, and below it read, "MVP -- Who Else?"
Mychael Urban is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.