10/28/2002 1:13 AM ET
Ecstatic Glaus wins MVP
By Chris Shuttlesworth / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- If the Giants had held on to win Game 6 and the 2002 World Series, Barry Bonds very likely would have been named the Series MVP. Instead, Troy Glaus, the man who paced Bonds every step of the way, earned the accolade.
Troy Glaus shares a laugh with Jackie Autry, the widow of former Angels owner Gene Autry, after Sunday's win. (Kevork Djansezian/AP)
"I don't know about Troy ever being overlooked," said manager Mike Scioscia about his third baseman, who batted .385 with three homers and eight RBIs in the Series. "Troy Glaus stepped up and did what big-game players do in a series like this.
"The hits he got for us were incredible. Just his presence in the lineup was incredible. Although it is a team effort, I think Troy absolutely brought his A-game to the series."
Glaus twice tied the record for the most homers in one postseason before Bonds took over that title for good with a Game 6 blast. Like Bonds, Glaus recorded six extra-base hits in the World Series, one shy of Willie Stargell's 1979 record.
Called "Big Dog" by winning pitcher John Lackey at one point during the post-game press conference, Glaus also tallied 22 total bases in the World Series, three shy of the record held by Stargell (1979) and Reggie Jackson (1978). His seven runs scored were one below the all-time record as well, and before being held hitless in Game 7 with a pair of walks and two strikeouts, he had recorded a hit in every other game of the World Series.
Although none of Glaus' three World Series homers came in Angels victories, his Game 6 two-run double gave Anaheim a stunning and crucial comeback win that set the stage for Sunday's Game 7 title game.
Still, with any number of Anaheim players a candidate for MVP honors, the 26-year-old Glaus was a bit stunned to receive the award.
"I was so excited just about being world champion," he said. "This is just icing on the cake at this point. I didn't even really know what to think. They told me to go stand on the stage, so I went and stood on the stage."
It was there that he was handed the trophy that looks like a fancy piece of aluminum twisted into a graceful swirl.
"It's a great honor, obviously," he said. "But we play for the big trophy with the pennants on it, not for [this one]. No one guy on this team has gotten us to this point or carried us through this point."
Originally drafted by the Padres in 1994, Glaus instead enrolled at UCLA, where he starred for three seasons and broke Mark McGwire's single-season Pac-10 home run record. The third overall pick in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, he rocketed through the Angels organization and earned a callup to Anaheim in 1998, his first pro season.
Now the Southern California native has helped Anaheim win its first world title in its 42-year history.
"I think the feeling would be tremendous no matter where we were, but for me to be at home, my friends and family get to be here," said Glaus. "They've all been a part of it. For them to be here watching and the fan support and everything -- unbelievable."
Glaus belted 117 homers in his first three full years in the big leagues, including a league-leading 47 in 2000. He clubbed 30 this year, capped by his second career grand slam on the last day of the season. A two-time All-Star and a Silver Slugger winner, Glaus is now a world champion and World Series MVP.
"This is why we play," said Glaus. "This is why we put all the time and effort in. You know, this is what all the swings against the garage door when you were a kid, that's what it brings up to, this point here. At this point, I don't even really know how I'm feeling, except ecstatic."
Chris Shuttlesworth is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.