Hmpf. Some people are so busy concentrating on cruising that they don't realize there is a WORLD SERIES going on?
Here's the word on the Rally Money ... don't miss the Official Rules at the end of the story.
Anaheim fans go bananas over unofficial team mascot
By MANDI ALBRIGHT
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer
Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle: Angels fans take their rally monkey etiquette pretty darn seriously. They're keen on the thunder thumpers, too.
Anaheim Angels fans aren't too busy to put anybody down, but people do say they monkey around.
Thanks to the team's unofficial mascot, the Rally Monkey, Angels faithful are going bananas over the biggest swinger not in the lineup.
"Born" June 6, 2000, in Anaheim at Edison International Field when the Halos were losing in interleague play to their Bay brethren, the San Francisco Giants, the Rally Monkey emerged as a way to get fans back into the game. Angels staff added the words "Rally Monkey" over a clip of a jumping monkey from 1994's "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and the crowd went ape. Literally. Toy monkeys started showing up at Angels home games, culminating in the sale of "official" Rally Monkeys at Edison Field.
For a team that started 6-14 in April, the Angels have enjoyed a heavenly turnaround, finishing the 2002 season with a club-record 99 wins, beating the Bronx Bombers in the ALDS and, now, taking on the Twins in the ALCS. The 24-game improvement over 2001 can certainly be attributed to better pitching, hitting and fielding, but where does the Rally Monkey fit in? Anaheim ranked first among American League teams, with a club .296 batting average, in hitting during late innings of close games -- evidence that the Angels found a way to toss a monkey wrench into the works in tight spots. The Rally Monkey was, fans say, the Missing Link.
MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO
Rally monkey "etiquette":
Shock the monkey -- Never place the Rally Monkey in a plastic bag. That kills the rally.
Monkeyshines -- "The Rally Monkey may quietly watch the Angels only while they are at bat. That way, he can put his full attention on the way the pitcher delivers and pass the scoop on to the Angels batters," according to RallyMonkey.com. Really.
Goin' ape -- At least one Angels runner must be on base before the Rally Monkey can go crazy.
Monkey wrench -- Fans aren't supposed to brandish a Rally Monkey before the 7th inning.
The big monkety-monk -- Angels closer Troy Percival reportedly said in a TV interview that Rally Monkeys aren't supposed to watch or go crazy when the Angels are pitching.
Hankie-panky -- A Twins fan was photographed stringing up the Rally Monkey from a Homer Hankie during Game 1 of the ALCS. Where's PETA when you really need them?
Forgive us Pam, But John and I don't watch ANY sports other than drag racing, gymnastics, and figure skating. He hasn't a clue who is playing who when it comes to Football, basketball, or baseball. He has not watched them since I have known him.
His interest is in motorsports. :O)
Lisa was talking about a "cheesehead" once (? I think) and I had to get her to explain that one. John didn't know it either.
I have to admit, I am grateful that I lucked out and didn't marry a sports fanatic (no insult meant). It is nice to be able to go places without worry about "the game" or the superbowl or world series. Now if we go to friend's homes and they are watching it, he will watch it with them, but can walk out right in the middle and not wonder who won.
It's hard to get involved in any baseball game that doesn't include my Brewers, the Braves (that I grew up with in Milwaukee but are now in Atlanta), or the Timber Rattlers(Class A in Appleton, a Seattle Mariners farm team). However, all you cheeseheads, how about them Packers? Good to see that Brett is not that serious and should be OK in a couple of weeks. Although, for my money, Doug didn't do half bad once things started clicking with the other guys. 6 and 1! Not too shabby! Can you imagine what kind of defense we will have when a few guys get healthy? Awesome. Well, I guess etiquette would dictate a little good luck wish for the Angels so there you be. Stay happy and healthy everyone. Marianne
Oh, no wonder I didn't know what a rally monkey is. The only time I ever had any remote enthusiasm about baseball is when Wayne Huizenga bought the world series for the Florida Marlins. I only go to basketball and hockey games down here in Miami. Our stadium is built open to the skies with either to much rain or too much sun. Hockey and basketball are inside where it's air conditioned.
(who hates sun and only likes getting wet in the showeer)