- 2002 World Series
Infobox World Series Expanded
year = 2002
champion = Anaheim Angels (4)
champion_games = 99-63, .611, GB: 4
San Francisco Giants(3)
runnerup_games = 95-66, .590, GB: 2½
October 19– October 27
television = FOX
Joe Buckand Tim McCarver
radio_network = ESPN
Jon Millerand Joe Morgan
Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly, Tim McClelland, Tim Tschida, Mike Winters, Angel Hernandez
HOFers = none.
ALCS = Anaheim Angels over
San Francisco Giantsover St. Louis Cardinals(4-1)
World Serieswas the 98th edition of the Fall Classic, held from October 19-27, 2002. The series featured the American Leaguechampion Anaheim Angels defeating the National Leaguechampion San Francisco Giants, 4-3, to win the franchise's first ever World Series.
The series was notable as being the first time since the by|1995 inception of the wild card in Major League Baseball that two wild card teams would vie for the title. It was also the fourth World Series played between two teams from
California(after 1974, 1988, and 1989).
Adding to the drama was the fact that both teams and their fans came into the series carrying the baggage of a long history of futility, frustration and disappointment in their quest to capture the elusive world championship. The Angels, a Major League club since by|1961, had never before played in the World Series. They had come close several times, including heartbreaking losses in the ALCS in 1982 to the
Milwaukee Brewersand in 1986 to the Boston Red Sox. In both series, the Angels blew leads and lost the last 3 games to lose the series. The Giants had won their last World Series crown in 1954, when they were still the New York Giants. Since moving to San Francisco after the by|1957 season, the Giants had made it to the series twice but lost both times. These included a dramatic, down-to-the-wire loss to the New York Yankeesin the seven-game classic 1962 World Series, and a four-game sweep by the Oakland Athleticsin the earthquake-marred 1989 World Series. In addition, they finished 2nd in the National League several times. The Angels won the seven-game 2002 series after staging a remarkable come-from-behind victory in Game 6. The Giants had won Game 4 on an eighth inning RBI single that was ruled unearned and took Game 5 in a 16-4 blowout. Going into Game 6, the Giants held a 3-2 series lead and seemed well on their way to winning the club's first world championship in 48 years and the first for their West Coast fans. The Giants continued their mastery into the late innings of Game 6, entering the seventh inningwith a commanding 5-0 lead. Only eight outs away from elimination, however, the Angels suddenly came to life and rallied for three runs in the seventh inning. The Angels added three more in the eighth, to win the game 6-5 and force a seventh and deciding game. Having stolen the thunder from the stunned Giants, the Angels cruised to an easy 4-1 victory in the final game to reward their fans with the franchise's first world championship.
The series was played as a
best-of-seven playoffwith a 2-3-2 site format (standard in Major League Baseball).
AL Anaheim Angels (4) vs NL
San Francisco Giants(3)
October 19, 2002at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
Jason Schmidt(1-0)|LP= Jarrod Washburn(0-1)|SV= Robb Nen(1)
Barry Bonds(1), Reggie Sanders(1), J.T. Snow(1)|HomeHR= Troy Glaus2 (2)|
San Francisco won 4-3 at Edison International Field of Anaheim (now
Angel Stadium of Anaheim) to take a 1-0 lead. Barry Bondshit a home run in his first career World Series at-bat. He was one of three Giants to homer in the game (the other two were Reggie Sandersand JT Snow). Troy Glaushit 2 home runs for the Angels.
October 20, 2002at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
WP=Francisco Rodríguez (1-0)|LP=
Félix Rodríguez(0-1)|SV= Troy Percival(1)
Jeff Kent(1), Barry Bonds(2), Reggie Sanders(2), David Bell (1)|HomeHR= Tim Salmon2 (2)|
Anaheim won 11-10 at home in a game where the lead kept fluctuating between the two teams, tying up the series. Bonds again hit a mammoth homer with 2 outs in the 9th inning, off of
Troy Percival. The biggest home run of the night, however, was hit by Tim Salmon, a longtime Angel, with 2 outs and one on in the bottom of the 8th. The dramatic blast won the game for the Angels.
October 22, 2002at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, CaliforniaLinescore
Ramon Ortiz(1-0)|LP= Liván Hernández(0-1)|SV=
Rich Aurilia(1), Barry Bonds(3)|
Anaheim won 10-4 in the first game at Pacific Bell Park (now
AT&T Park). The Angels batted around twice without a home run in either of their 4-run innings. Barry Bonds hit another home run, becoming the first man to homer in his first 3 World Series games.
October 23, 2002at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, CaliforniaLinescore
Tim Worrell(1-0)|LP=Francisco Rodríguez (1-1)|SV= Robb Nen(2)
San Francisco scored a 4-3 victory to tie the series. NLCS MVP
Benito Santiagotied the game with a single in the 5th inning after the Angels walked Barry Bonds with a runner on second and two outs. David Bell put the Giants ahead with an RBI single in the bottom of the 8th. The run was unearned due to Anaheim catcher Bengie Molina's passed ball during the previous at-bat, allowing J.T. Snowto move to second.
October 24, 2002at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, CaliforniaLinescore
Chad Zerbe(1-0)|LP= Jarrod Washburn(0-2)|SV=
Rich Aurilia(2), Jeff Kent2 (3)|
San Francisco took a 16-4 blowout win in a game in which the Angels never led. The most well-known moment in this game occurred when Giants first baseman
J.T. Snowscored off a Kenny Loftontriple. 3-year-old batboyDarren Baker, son of Giants manager Dusty Baker, ran to home plate to collect Lofton's bat before the play was completed and was quickly lifted by the jacket by Snow as he crossed the plate, with David Bell close on his heels. Had Snow not acted quickly, Darren could have been seriously injured.
October 26, 2002at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
Brendan Donnelly(1-0)|LP= Tim Worrell(1-1)|SV= Troy Percival(2)
Barry Bonds(4), Shawon Dunston(1)|HomeHR= Darin Erstad(1), Scott Spiezio(1)|
The turning point in the series came in Game 6. Leading 5-0 with one out in the bottom of the 7th inning, 8 outs away from the Giants' first World Series title in San Francisco, Giants manager
Dusty Bakerpulled starting pitcher Russ Ortizfor setup man Félix Rodríguezafter Ortiz gave up consecutive singles to third baseman Troy Glausand designated hitter Brad Fullmer. In a widely publicized move, Baker gave Ortiz the game ball as he sent him back to the dugout. During the pitching change the Rally Monkeycame on the JumboTron, sending 45,037 Angels fans into a frenzy. Angel first baseman Scott Spieziocame to the plate and fouled off pitch after pitch before finally hitting a 3-run home run that barely cleared the wall in right field. The rally continued in the 8th inning, as Angel center fielder Darin Erstadhit a leadoff line-drive home run, followed by consecutive singles by Tim Salmonand Garret Anderson. ( Chone Figginspinch ran for Salmon.) When Bonds misplayed Anderson's shallow left field bloop single, Figgins and Anderson took third and second respectively. With no outs, two runners in scoring position and now only a 5-4 lead, Baker brought in closer Robb Nento pitch to Glaus, hoping that Nen could induce a strikeout that might yet preserve the Giants' slim lead. However, Glaus slugged a double to the left-center field gap over Bonds' head to drive in the tying and winning runs. In the 9th inning, Angels closer Troy Percivalstruck out Rich Auriliato preserve the 6-5 victory in front of the jubilant home crowd. The comeback from a 5-run deficit was the largest in World Series history for an elimination game.
= [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/baseballs_best/mlb_bb_gamepage.jsp?story_page=bb_02ws_gm7_sfnana Game 7] =
October 27, 2002at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
John Lackey(1-0)|LP= Liván Hernández(0-2)|SV= Troy Percival(3)|
Game 7 proved to be somewhat anticlimactic after the drama of Game 6. The Giants scored the first run on a sacrifice, but the Angels responded with a run-scoring double from catcher
Bengie Molinaand a 3-run double to right field from left fielder Garret Andersonto open a 4-1 lead. Rookie starting pitcher John Lackeymaintained that lead. In the 9th inning, closer Troy Percivalprovided some tense moments as he opened the inning by putting two Giants on base, with only one out. But Tsuyoshi Shinjo– the first Japanese player in a World Series game - struck out swinging, and Kenny Lofton, also representing the tying run, flied out to Darin Erstadin right-center field to end the Series. The Angels won Game 7, 4-1, to claim their franchise's first and so far only World Series Championship. John Lackey became the first rookie pitcher to win a World Series game 7 since 1909.
2002 World Series (4-3): Anaheim Angels (A.L.) over
San Francisco Giants(N.L.)Linescore
San Francisco Giants
Total Attendance: 306,414 Average Attendance: 43,773 | Winning Player’s Share: – $272,147 Losing Player’s Share – $186,186cite web|url=http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wsshares.shtml|title=World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares|accessdate=2008-05-07|publisher=Baseball Almanac]
* San Francisco Giants' center fielder
Tsuyoshi Shinjobecame the first Japanese-born player to play in a World Series.
* The Angels lost the first game in all three rounds of the playoffs (
Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series), yet rebounded to win each time. They were the first team to do this since the new postseason format was created in 1994.
* The Angels came back from five runs down to win Game 6, the largest deficit ever overcome by a team facing elimination.
* Giants public address announcer
Renel Brooks-Moonis recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fameas the first female announcer of a championship game in any professional sport for her role in the 2002 World Series. Her scorecard from Game 3 is on display in the Hall at Cooperstown.
* The Giants clubhouse had already been covered in plastic sheets and champagne had been put in the clubhouse immediately prior to the Angels' comeback in the 7th inning of Game 6.Fact|date=August 2008
* The Angels were the first American League Wild Card winner to win the World Series.
Mike Sciosciaand Dusty Bakerplayed together on the by|1981 Los Angeles Dodgers. This was the first World Series to feature opposing managers who had been teammates on a World Championship team as players.
* Giants play-by-play announcer
Jon Millercalled the World Series on ESPN Radio.
* Major League Baseball instituted a mandatory minimum age of bat boys because in Game 5, three year old Darren Baker, (Dusty Baker's son) who was the bat boy for the Giants, almost got into a collision at home plate while trying to retrieve a bat. Luckily, as
J.T. Snowwas crossing the plate, he grabbed Darren and took him back to the dugout. After that game, Dusty Baker received a phone call from his mother, who wanted explanations why Darren was on the field during a near home plate collision.
* The previous time two teams from the same state met in the Fall Classic was 2000, when the
New York Yankeesplayed the New York Mets.
* This was Giants' outfielder
Reggie Sanders' second consecutive World Series appearance with different teams - in 2001 he got there with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This was the first time this happened since Don Baylor did it in three consecutive years with the Boston Red Soxin 1986, the Minnesota Twinsin 1987, and with the Oakland Athleticsin 1988.
* Dusty Baker became the first black manager to participate in a World Series since
Cito Gastonfor Toronto in 1992 and 1993.
* This World Series ended a 14-year championship drought for the Los Angeles area; the last World Series win prior to this was in 1988 by the
Los Angeles Dodgers.
* This World Series was nicknamed "The World Series that almost didn't happen" by ESPN writer
Karl Ravechbecause of the near strike in August of that year.
* This was the first World Series to be telecast in high-definition.
* In Game 7, three rookie pitchers (
John Lackey, Brendan Donnelly, and Francisco Rodriguez) threw eight innings of one-run ball.
* As of 2007, this was the last World Series to alternate
home-field advantagebetween the American Leagueand National League.
* Angels pitcher
Brendan Donnellywas the third replacement playerto win the World Series, behind both Shane Spencerof the 1998-2000 New York Yankeesand Damian Millerof the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks.
* This world series was the only one of the most recent ten to have been won by the team that lost Game 1.
* This is the most recent World Series to be decided in 7 games.
*cite web |author=Forman, Sean L. |title=2002 World Series |date= |work=Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information. |url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/2002_WS.shtml |accessdate=2007-12-09
*cite video | people=Gavant, David (Prod.); Chaplin, Curt (
Narrator) | date2=2002-09-26 | url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0353121 | title=2002 World Series | medium= Documentary/ DVD| location= publisher=Major League Baseball|MLB Productions / WEA
* [http://baseball-almanac.com/ws/yr2002ws.shtml The World Series from Baseball Almanac]
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/ps/y2002/mlb_ws.jsp Official Site of the World Series]
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/baseballs_best/mlb_bb_gamepage.jsp?story_page=bb_02ws_gm6_sfgana Detailed Coverage of Game 6, including video]
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/baseballs_best/mlb_bb_gamepage.jsp?story_page=bb_02ws_gm7_sfnana Detailed Coverage of Game 7]
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