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August 13, 2008 9:57 PM

Picture tells it all

Posted by Geoff Baker

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Do I need to say more? I'll admit it. I believe in the power of the Rally Monkey. Was here in 2002 when the Angels, down 5-0 to the Giants in Game 6 of the World Series, found a way to come back. Scott Spiezio had his career highlight, a three-run homer in the seventh. And then Troy Glaus capped a three-run eighth with a huge double to put the Angels up to stay. That capuchin monkey was dancin' up a storm that night.

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Here tonight, both teams caught the fever the minute that ape showed its face.

Back and forth, with the M's tying it 3-3 in the seventh, falling behind 4-3, then tying it 4-4 in the eighth only to fall behind 6-4. How about Seattle then scoring three in the ninth to take the lead over a furious K-Rod, who felt Miguel Cairo had been doubled-off at second on a flyout to right moments earlier.

The Angels argued, but to no avail. Jeremy Reed hit a tying double, then Raul Ibanez a go-ahead single. K-Rod was tossed from the game for mouthing off about the Cairo call. All looked good for the M's. They had been 0-64 when trailing after eight innings.

But oh, that monkey again.

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In came J.J. Putz and out of the ballyard went the baseball. The second homer of the night for Mark Teixeira. We're now in the bottom of the 10th, it's 7-7 and the monkey has come out to play once more.

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Posted by Balentienforcer

10:13 PM, Aug 13, 2008

A repost from earlier today, when I thought Geoff was "mailing" it in today:

1:57 PM, Aug 13, 2008

This just in:

Esteemed Sportswriter Geoff Baker has been spotted at WallyWorld.

Mr. Baker was seen riding the Wally Coaster pointing a pellet gun to the head of a stuffed Rally Monkey. All the while Mr. Baker was screaming at the top of his lungs, something about "baseball" "Sabermetrics" and "mature readership" in a language thought to be French.

The ghost of John Candy is investigating.

Posted by LaHair39rock

10:19 PM, Aug 13, 2008

Living in Anahiem there is nothing I hate more than that stupid monkey! Id like to strangle the thing and throw its dead body on the field. I hate the the Angels and always will, GO M"S!!!

Posted by Hollywood Die Hard

10:31 PM, Aug 13, 2008

Rough as it is to be a Mariners fan this year, it is even worse living in LA and having to listen to the Angels broadcast team when the Mariners come to town. Just awful.

Posted by tugboatcritic

10:36 PM, Aug 13, 2008

I better hope that Balentine does more of this in the future or my love of the Bedard trade may be lost. Nice to see a kid not quit after getting his ass handed to him all night. Good on ya Wlad, regardless of the final score.

Posted by GripS

10:36 PM, Aug 13, 2008

Hell of a game. Very nice pitching from Corcoran.

It will be a sad day if Ibanez leaves. But that guy deserves to be on a contending team so best of luck to him if he is traded.

Posted by The Masked Blogger

10:43 PM, Aug 13, 2008

Hollywood Die Hard-"Rough as it is to be a Mariners fan this year, it is even worse living in LA and having to listen to the Angels broadcast team when the Mariners come to town. Just awful."

I 'm SOO with you.(wish I were ANYWHERE ells though.^_^lol)

Posted by doug

10:54 PM, Aug 13, 2008

Ichiro went 0-6, he is a serious detriment to this team. When are you (and the mariners and fans) going to realize this and call him out? he isnt performing, isnt a leader, doesnt care and is a prima donna. NOT what we want in our team.

Posted by tomtom

10:55 PM, Aug 13, 2008

No way Rauuuuul gets traded, per his own comment.

Posted by GripS

10:56 PM, Aug 13, 2008

@ doug

Oh yeah....lets unload one of the few decent hitters and defensive players on the team. That would be a great idea.

Posted by notdoug

11:14 PM, Aug 13, 2008

doug is a vulgar moron!

Posted by Sounders

1:01 AM, Aug 14, 2008

dumber that rally fries

Posted by Waz

8:11 AM, Aug 14, 2008


Posted by Charles Stuck in LA

10:30 AM, Aug 14, 2008

I second the other guys comments about being stuck in LA. It is horrible.

Also, last night I just about lost it because the Angels announcers are the dumbest, most biased guys to ever pick up a microphone. EVERY thing they say is dead wrong and moronic.

Posted by David Gee

2:45 PM, Aug 14, 2008

I hate that stupid Rally Monkey. I wish we could show him on the JumboTron being experimented on and then euthanized. In pretense, of course. I love real monkeys.

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