- Aug 21, 2007: GA has a night to remember
Thomas Crow - AngelsWin.com Columnist
Anderson’s may be one of the quietest careers in the
history of baseball considering all that he has accomplished
with so little fanfare. He is one of only 92 MLB players to
date to have at least 2,500 hits in their career and his 522
doubles rank him No. 38 all time. His three-run double in
Game 7 of the 2002 World Series was the difference in a 4-1
Angels victory. He even has Home Run Derby and All-Star Game
MVP trophies to his name.
all these accolades, Anderson has never received the widespread
recognition one might think he would garner. Garret has never
been seen as a player who has sought out public attention
in any manner. He has always presented a very professional,
guarded demeanor when talking to the press or to fans. Even
among his own team's fan base, players such as Tim Salmon,
Darin Erstad and later Vladimir Guerrero frequently overshadowed
Anderson. On Aug. 21, 2007, however, for one night at least,
he made the entire baseball world take notice; and he did
it against baseball's flagship franchise, no less —
the New York Yankees.
the mound that night for the Yankees was a possible Hall of
Famer in Mike Mussina. The Big A was sold out, as was customary
for any game the Yankees were in town. The Angels were in
a tight division race against the Mariners while the Yankees
were fighting for the Wild Card spot. Little did anyone know
at the beginning of the game, one that would feature Alex
Rodriguez hitting two home runs, that all the attention would
end up being focused on Garret Anderson. His night started
with a trademark two-run double in first against Mussina.
In the second inning, he added another run-scoring double.
Most players would consider it a great night with those two
hits. Garret's night was just beginning, however.
third inning, with Mussina chased from the game, Anderson
faced reliever Edwar Ramirez. His rampage on Yankees pitching
continued as he launched a three-run shot into the right field
seats — three at-bats, six RBI.
off the fifth inning, he relented briefly in the form of a
ground out to second, but the offensive onslaught culminated
in the sixth when he faced reliever Sean Henn with the bases
loaded and sent an 0-1 offering into former bullpen in right
field for his sixth career grand slam. With that hit, Anderson
tied the American League mark with 10 RBI in one night and
bested teammate Guerrero’s previous team-high of nine.
in Anaheim urged their normally reserved player out for his
first curtain call. Anyone watching the game knew, however,
that this was more than a mere sign of appreciation for a
good night's work. This was a chance for a fan base and a
player to acknowledge what their decade-plus long relationship
meant to each other.
enough, Anderson had a chance in the eighth inning to tie
or even break the all-time record of 12 RBI in one game. With
runners on first and third, he hit a ball up the middle that
found the glove of shortstop Luis Vizcaino, who was cheating
Anderson now owned at least a share of history; he is on an
elite list of players with double-digit RBI games: Mark Whiten,
Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, Fred Lynn, and perhaps
Garret's greatest antithesis when it comes to seeking and
accepting adoration, Reggie Jackson. But for one night, the
quiet superstar made so much noise everybody had to take notice.
- Jan. 11, 2004: Angels sign Vladimir Guerrero
Adam Dodge - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
that a sports event that occurs away from the field of play
would make any sort of top "anything" list. The
vast majority of the moments highlighted on our list took
place on the baseball diamond, because those are the moments
that are most celebrated and seldom forgotten by fans.
on Jan. 11, 2004, when ESPN Radio affiliate KSPN's update
man Dave Denholm announced that the Anaheim Angels had reached
an agreement on a five-year contract with free-agent slugger
Vladimir Guerrero, it incited a reaction from fans on par
with a postseason series victory.
been expected that the Montreal Expos' four-time All-Star
right fielder would sign with the Mets, Dodgers or Orioles.
There hadn't been a whisper that the Angels were even interested
in the National League's best kept secret.
story goes, then Angels General Manager Bill Stoneman made
a call to Guerrero's agent, Arn Tellem, to inquire about Rafael
about Vlad?," the agent responded.
surprised that Guerrero was interested in the Angels, approached
Angels owner Arte Moreno with the idea. Three days later,
Moreno had a new face for the franchise he'd acquired just
eight months earlier..
he'd already gained credibility among fans by making other
waves during the off-season with the signings of Jose Guillen,
Kelvim Escobar and Bartolo Colon, Moreno removed any doubt
that he truly meant business with the Guerrero signing.
a signing it was. Guerrero won the American League MVP award
in 2004, carrying the Angels on his back down the stretch
to their first division title in eighteen years. In his four
years with the Angels, the quiet superstar has averaged a
remarkable .327 batting average, 33 homeruns and 119 RBI per
season while the Angels have won three division titles.
- Aug. 29, 1986: Schofield leads a grand comeback
Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
the biggest ninth inning comeback in Angels history, and shortstop
Dick Schofield not only sparked it - he also ended it with
one explosive swing of the bat.
Angels holding onto a 4.5 game lead over Texas for the division
title, the Rangers had already applied some pressure with
a 5-2 victory in Chicago earlier that Friday night.
meanwhile, were getting trounced by the visiting Detroit Tigers,
trailing 8-1 after five uninspiring innings. Heading into
the bottom of the ninth, Detroit's lead stood at 12-5 and
it appeared the Angels division bump would soon shrink to
started innocently enough, with Schofield beating out an infield
single to short off Tigers reliever Randy O'Neal, who was
beginning his third inning of work. After Rick Burleson lined
out, Wally Joyner drew a walk. When Brian Downing singled
to load the bases, Detroit closer Guillermo "Willie"
Hernandez, the 1984 MVP and Cy Young winner, began to warm
in the bullpen - just in case.
doubled to right field, scoring Schofield and Joyner, and
Tigers manager Sparky Anderson had seen enough. He called
on Hernandez, even though Detroit still led 12-7.
however, would prove no more effective, promptly giving up
consecutive RBI singles to George Hendrick and Bobby Grich,
pulling the Angels within three runs. But when Gary Pettis
grounded into a fielder's choice at second, California was
down to its final out. Up stepped Ruppert Jones, pinch hitting
for Jerry Narron. Jones worked a walk from Hernandez, loading
the bases for the man who started the rally: Schofield.
the Angels typically light-hitting shortstop - he of the 56
home runs in 1,368 career games - lofted a Hernandez splitter
straight down the left field line; a ball that kept carrying
just fair over the
short wall and just out of the reach of Dave Collins' leaping
a grand slam - a walk-off grand slam, in fact, capping an
eight-run ninth that ignited frenzy among those fans from
the original 32,992 in attendance that actually remained.
would maintain their 4.5 game lead on the Rangers, who got
no closer than five the rest of the season. It was the signature
victory of the Angels' 1986 division championship season and
one that fans, even 22 years later, still recall fondly any
time the team rallies in the ninth.
- Oct. 20, 2002: Salmon blasts give Angels first WS victory
Chuck Richter - AngelsWin.com Executive Editor
Edison Field, Game 2 of the 2002 World Series, Angels down
0-1 in the series to the San Francisco Giants.
7 1/2 seesaw innings, the Angels and Giants stood deadlocked,
9-9. Until Salmon broke it with a sledgehammer, crushing his
second home run of the game to put the Angels ahead for good.
of Salmon, despite his own heroism his was not the home run
he was gushing about afterward. Salmon was still marveling
at the one hit by Barry Bonds in the ninth that sailed some
485 feet into the sea of red in right field.
was the farthest ball I've ever seen hit in this ballpark,
for sure," Salmon said. But the Angels' always-humble
right fielder trumped that mammoth shot with the drive that
counted the most, a two-out, two-run shot that proved the
difference in the Angels 11-10 victory and knotted the series
at one game apiece.
knew there was going to be a hero in the dugout," Salmon
said, "and tonight it was me."
2002, no active player in the majors had gone longer than
Salmon - 1,388 games - without reaching the postseason. But
that wasn't a well-known fact because Bonds had been the center
of attention, especially since it was his first World Series,
put the spotlight squarely on himself on this night by helping
the Halos to their first-ever World Series win.
think I made the most of my opportunities. It was awesome,"
Salmon said. "The way the game went back-and-forth was
ended up going 4-for-4 with a walk, while driving in four
runs and scoring three. He capped his performance with a drive
into the Anaheim bullpen in left field that left Bonds hanging
over the top of the fence. A joyous sight indeed!
in the game, Salmon's first two-run homer gave the Angels
a 7-4 lead in the second inning. They led, 5-0, after the
first inning before the Giants rallied with some fireworks
of their own.
Salmon circled the bases and fireworks exploded overhead after
connecting on a 93 mph fastball, ultimately it was the Giants'
Felix Rodriguez angrily tugging on his cap.
Troy Percival gave up the ninth inning two-out blast to Bonds,
the crowd of 44,584 roared as Benito Santiago popped out harmlessly
to Adam Kennedy at second to end it.
was too much Salmon," Bonds said after the game. "It's
phenomenal. He did everything any player could do in one game
except steal home."
will no doubt be remembered for many highlights and accomplishments
as an Angel: 1993 AL Rookie of the Year, the sliding catches
in right field, the force that he was with the lumber, the
Texas Ranger beat downs or his last game played, retiring
an Angel for life and the ceremonial send off from the fans
me, this game, with all that was riding upon it, was the highlight
of Salmon's career and clearly one of the "Greatest Moments
in Angels Baseball."
- Oct. 5, 2002: Angels beat Yanks, win first postseason series
Adam Dodge - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
off of a Game 3 come-from-behind win, one in which the Anaheim
Angels erased a 6-1 deficit against the New York Yankees in
the 2002 American League Division Series to take a 2-1 series
lead, the Angels entered Game 4 looking to close out the Bronx
Bombers at home for the franchise's first ever postseason
the Angels had their opponents on the ropes, facing elimination.
It had become, of course, a familiar site for Angels fans.
The team had already played six such games in their history.
the then California Angels were up two games to none on the
Milwaukee Brewers in the best-of-five ALCS. With three chances
to beat the Brew Crew and advance to the World Series, the
Angels failed - losing all three games.
the Angels again found themselves on the cusp of reaching
their first World Series. But up three games to one on the
Boston Red Sox and just one strike away, closer Donnie Moore
gave up a two-out, two-strike, two-run homerun to Dave Henderson,
relinquishing a 5-4 lead in Game 5 of the ALCS. Boston went
on to win the game, as well as Games 6 and 7 in Fenway Park.
a short, yet heart-wrenching postseason history, many of the
45,067 in attendance on Oct. 5, 2002, were waiting to see
how the Angels would let this opportunity slip through their
Angels down, 2-1, entering the bottom of the fifth inning,
tension was high. David Wells was 8-1 in his postseason career
and was pitching well for the Yankees on this afternoon.
something amazing happened. The Angels put together one of
the greatest offensive innings in Major League postseason
Wooten led off the fifth with a homerun to left-center field
to tie the game, 2-2. Then, after a Bengie Molina fly-out,
Benji Gil recorded the first of five consecutive Angels' singles
with a shot into centerfield.
a Troy Glaus fly ball out, the Angels connected for four more
hits in a row, including Wooten's and Gil's second hits of
was all said and done, the Angels had plated eight runs on
a record-tying 10 hits in the inning.
- Bottom of 5th
David Wells pitching for New York
homered to left center
B Molina flied out to right
B Gil singled to center
D Eckstein singled to right, B Gil to third
D Erstad singled to shallow center, B Gil scored, D Eckstein
T Salmon singled to left center, D Eckstein scored, D Erstad
G Anderson singled to right center, D Erstad scored, T Salmon
T Glaus flied out to shallow right
S Spiezio singled to left, T Salmon scored, G Anderson to
R Mendoza relieved D Wells
S Wooten singled to right center, G Anderson scored, S Spiezio
B Molina doubled to deep left, S Spiezio and S Wooten scored
O Hernandez relieved R Mendoza
B Gil singled to center, B Molina to third
D Eckstein flied out to center
10 Hits, 0 Errors
9-2 lead, the Angels needed only 12 outs to erase the franchise's
scratched across single runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth
innings to close the deficit to 9-5, but when Nick Johnson
lifted a weak pop-up to deep shortstop, and David Eckstein
promptly squeezed it for the game's final out, jubilation
had beaten the mighty Yankees three games to one for their
first playoff series win in the franchise's history.
been a long time coming for myself and this organization,
a lot of blood, sweat and tears,'' said Salmon in the clubhouse.
"To finally come through and do it, it's just special.
gave us a chance against the Yankees. Maybe we caught them
on a bad week, I don't know. You can't say enough about how
our club's playing,"
- Sept. 25, 1979: Angels win first ever division title
Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
Angels one out away from their first championship ever. Porter
at the plate, he waits. The pitch from Frank
and a ground ball hit to Carew. He bobbles it, recovers, throws
IN TIME! The 19-year wait is over, they've
done it: The Angels are the champions of the West!"
of all the recent success the Angels have enjoyed this decade
– a World Championship and division titles in five of
six seasons - it's sometimes easy to forget just how difficult
a struggle it was for the franchise to win its first.
did they ever struggle; not only through losing seasons -
and there were plenty of those, 13 of the first 17 to be exact
- but also debilitating injuries and clubhouse unrest. The
Angels even suffered the tragedy of not one, but two players'
deaths during their first two heartbreaking decades. In 18
previous seasons, they'd gone through eight managers, four
general managers and played in three different home parks.
in 1979, with a rallying cry of "Yes We Can!" the
Angels buried their demons (well, some of them anyway) and
on Sept. 25, behind a dominant complete game by Frank Tanana,
they won the American League West in front of 40,631 jubilant
fans at Anaheim Stadium.
to fashion for this franchise, it still didn't come easily:
Nolan Ryan, Rod Carew and Willie Aikens each missed significant
time with injuries and Tanana was limited to 17 starts. But
manager Jim Fregosi, hired in the middle of the 1978 season,
days after retiring as a player, held it all together.
been ready for it for an awfully long time around here and
I'm just thrilled to death to be part of it," said Fregosi,
who spent 13 of the team's first 19 seasons in an Angels uniform.
"These players have been absolutely fantastic all season.
They've gone out under really some tough situations, some
tough conditions, they've battled all year long and I just
couldn't be prouder of them."
offensive seasons from Don Baylor, later named the AL MVP,
Bobby Grich, Dan Ford and Brian Downing, along with a solid
season from Ryan and the emergence of Dave Frost carried the
Angels to the title, which was a watershed moment for the
Angels franchise despite the fact the team would go on to
lose the ALCS, 3-1, to the Orioles.
biggest thing we had to overcome was that we had never won
a division," Fregosi said. "No matter how good the
talent was, there seemed to be a black cloud hanging over
the team - injuries, people getting hurt. Overcoming that
was special to me. Once a team has won, the team knows it
could do it."
be another 23 years before the Angels would win it all, but
in 1979 they took that first, all-important step.
- Oct. 27, 2002: "Garret Anderson clears the bases!"
Adam Dodge - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
an incredibly emotional come-from-behind victory of historic
proportions in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series - one which
saw the Anaheim Angels force a deciding Game 7 at Edison Field
- the home team had every ounce of momentum on its side.
entered the bottom of the third inning tied, 1-1, with the
San Francisco Giants. Though the scoreboard said it was clearly
not make or break time, the guts of 44, 598 fans in the stadium
and millions more watching on television said otherwise. Every
pitch delivered in the World Series seems to hold the collective
fate of everyone with a rooting interest.
Eckstein led off the third with a single to left field off
of Giants starter Livan Hernandez, who won Game 7 of the 1997
World Series for the Florida Marlins. Darin Erstad followed
with a single of his own to left in front of Tim Salmon, who
was hit by a Hernandez off-speed pitch, loading the bases
for team MVP Garret Anderson.
who finished fourth in American League MVP voting in 2002,
had a remarkable season, finishing with a .306 batting average,
29 home runs and 123 RBI. But his World Series performance
had been a modest one entering his second at-bat of Game 7.
had been set for Anderson, who needed to just put the ball
in play to give his team a lead. He did two better, driving
a Hernandez high fastball down the right field line and into
the corner. Eckstein, Erstad and Salmon all scored on the
double, giving the Angels a 4-1 lead.
had cleared the bases! Arguably the greatest Angel, GA had
collected his greatest moment.
would not score another run in the 2002 season. But three
rookie pitchers and their outstanding closer made sure they
didn't need to.
- Oct. 13, 2002: "He has homered THREE times!"
Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
are had you asked a diehard Angels fan if he or she would
have been satisfied with a nondescript 5-2 victory prior to
Game 5 of the 2002 ALCS, the answer would have been "Absolutely!"
After waiting 41 years to see an American League pennant flying
over Anaheim Stadium, few fans were going to be picky about
how it got there.
however - especially second baseman Adam Kennedy - had a special
treat in store for their long-suffering faithful. Kennedy,
who hit just seven homers during the 2002 regular season,
launched three round trippers over the right field wall, the
third igniting a 10-run seventh inning that carried the Halos
into their first World Series with a 13-5 victory over the
first home run, leading off the third inning off Joe Mays,
shaved the Twins 2-0 lead in half. When he connected again
in the fifth, following Scott Spiezio's leadoff shot, Kennedy
briefly gave the Angels a 3-2 lead.
retook the lead with three in the top of the seventh and with
Johan Santana on the mound the Angels appeared to have perhaps
blown an opportunity to end the series at home.
and Bengie Molina led off the bottom half with singles and
rather than sending up right handed Benji Gil to pinch hit
for Kennedy, manager Mike Scioscia allowed the lefty swinger
to bat. On Santana's first pitch, Kennedy squared around to
bunt - a textbook Scioscia move - but fouled off his attempt.
fans expecting another bunt attempt, Kennedy got the green
light to swing away and fouled it off. After taking a ball,
Kennedy lofted Santana's 1-2 offering, a hanging curveball,
deep over the tall wall in right center field for his third
home run of the game, a three-run shot to give the Angels
a 6-5 lead.
became only the fifth player in Major League history to homer
three times in a playoff game, joining Hall of Famers Babe
Ruth, Reggie Jackson and George Brett, and former Pirate Bob
Robertson in the very exclusive club.
don't care if I have another one," Kennedy said. "This
is it right here, the biggest game of my life. Everybody dreams
of this. I was in the right spot today."
measure, Kennedy's teammates proceeded to thoroughly pile
on the Twins beleaguered bullpen, scoring seven more runs
off three relievers who followed Santana, Kennedy adding a
single later in the inning.
finished the game 4-for-4 with three runs and five RBI, earning
him series MVP honors - some fine hardware for his trophy
case, but nothing compared to being remembered as the man
whose bat sent the Angels to their first World Series. That
is simply unforgettable.
- Oct. 26, 2002: The swing that changed a franchise
Adam Dodge - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer and Geoff Bilau -
AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
just one swing out of hundreds of thousands in the Angels'
47-year history, but it produced three of the biggest runs
and, in one instant, shifted an entire franchise's momentum.
With one swing, hopeless became hopeful.
Spiezio coaxed that ball over the short wall in right field,
just far enough to elude the reach of Giants right fielder
Reggie Sanders, there was an immediate sense that it would
prove the most important hit in Angels history. Around 24
hours later, it was no longer just a sense - it was truth.
of the 2002 World Series was do or die for the Anaheim Angels,
who were facing elimination, down three games to two against
the San Francisco Giants.
the bottom of the seventh inning, with the Giants leading
5-0, the Angels appeared prepped for their casket. The team
had shown little life offensively, thoroughly stifled by starter
Russ Ortiz, and the Giants' greatest strength, their bullpen,
rested and ready.
Anderson led off the seventh inning with routine groundball
to second base. The Angels had just eight outs remaining to
prevent a very disappointing end to their season.
batter, Troy Glaus, finally gave the Angels and their fans
something to cheer about when he singled to left field on
Ortiz's next pitch. And when Brad Fullmer followed with a
single of his own, the Angels had the beginnings of a rally.
next proved to be one of the most second-guessed managerial
decisions in World Series history - and that's putting it
on and one out, Giants' manager Dusty Baker made his way out
to the mound. The trip was no doubt to talk strategy, and
since it was late into an elimination game it made sense that
the manager would forgo sending the pitching coach on such
a critical mound visit. After all, Ortiz had dominated the
Angels for 6.1 innings and had not yet thrown 100 pitches.
Surely Baker would allow him to work through a little bit
of trouble in the seventh, especially with a five-run lead.
had other thoughts. To everyone's surprise, he raised his
right hand toward the bullpen. He was bringing in right-handed
fireballer Felix Rodriguez to face previously anonymous Angels
first baseman Scott Spiezio.
had pulled his starting pitcher, though he'd not given up
a run while scattering just four hits and walking two. What's
more, with Ortiz already a step away from the pitching rubber
and on his way to the dugout, Baker reached back, symbolically
grabbing his pitcher's right arm to stop him. A curious Ortiz
accepted a gift - the "game ball," which he no doubt
deserved, but that the ball was given to him on the mound
for millions to see was what created controversy. It no doubt
stuck in the craw of the Angels and their fans.
would have his hands full. Rodriguez was one of the best relievers
in baseball, as evidenced by the .163 average he allowed to
opposing batters during the 2002 postseason. Spiezio, however,
was working on a special October of his own, one that saw
him tie the postseason record for RBI with 19.
a first pitch ball, Spiezio fouled off three consecutive Rodriguez
fastballs perfectly placed on the outside corner. Rodriguez
evened the count at 2-2 when he missed with his fifth pitch.
On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Spiezio put a great swing
on a fastball, fouling it straight back, prompting a rare
prophetic statement from FOX announcer Tim McCarver, who cautioned,
"If you make a mistake away, it's a single. If you make
a mistake in, it's 5-3."
Rodriguez' next pitch went wide, making the count full, he
did, indeed, miss in. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Spiezio
took a low and in fastball high and deep into the right field
corner. Sanders drifted back methodically, tracking the towering
fly ball. When it left the bat, it appeared Spiezio just missed
it, but the ball continued to carry, taking Sanders all the
way to the warning track; then over it and to the wall. He
reached up and over the short wall, but to no avail. The ball
had disappeared into a mob of suddenly reinvigorated Angels
who stopped his trot at first base to watch the fate of his
hit - to wish and to pray - showed little emotion as he restarted
his jog around the bases, a subtle fist shake sufficing.
were another story. Edison Field exploded with roars and cheers,
which could no doubt be heard miles away. The Angels - a team
of grinders, who had come back time and time again throughout
the regular and post-seasons - had trimmed the Giants' once
seemingly insurmountable lead to 5-3. And though its not the
kind of thing that shows up on the scoreboard, had stolen
away from the Giants every last bit of momentum.
to hopeful; and following the Angels' half of the eighth and
the Giants' futile ninth, from hopeful to absolutely sure
the Angels would now win the series.
it was only one swing, right?
- Oct. 27, 2002: Champions of baseball
Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
most Angels fans can recite Rory Markas' call verbatim:
the pitch to Lofton. Fly ball, center field. Erstad says he's
got it. Erstaaaaaad MAKES THE CATCH! The Anaheim Angels are
the champions of baseball!"
Angels' unofficial team captain settled under and clasped
his glove around that most precious of final outs, it was
the culmination of many things: an incredible World Series
comeback; a riveting postseason run; an unprecedented 99 win
regular season; the antidote for heartbreaking collapses in
1995, 1986 and 1982; a delivery on the promise of 1979; and
the realization of a dream first dared to be dreamt in 1961.
version is simply that the Angels reached the pinnacle of
their sport 42 seasons after their pursuit began. But to the
fans, players, coaches and front office people who followed
the Angels for any significant amount of time, of course the
emotions run immensely deeper.
it actually required a season or two of separation before
I could truly appreciate the significance. Don't get me wrong;
I was as elated as anybody when the confetti and streamers
came raining down upon us following Erstad's catch.
I'd already spent all the emotion I could spare the day before,
when I witnessed the birth of my first child and the rebirth
of the Angels World Series hopes all within a span of about
six hours. Or perhaps it was because even before the first
pitch, the Game 7 victory truly seemed like a foregone conclusion
following the previous night's drama; and when was ANYTHING
positive for the Angels a given during their first 41 seasons?
what struck me after the World Series championship had really
sunk in - it happened, and it could happen again. Previously,
I honestly wasn't sure it ever would. Now, I believe it will
I think the moment when I first knew they were actually going
to play in the World Series will always rank as the most emotional
high in my years of being an Angels fan, in retrospect I'm
so glad they went ahead and won it all while they were there.
I mean all the greatest stories have a happy ending, don't
yeah, that'll do.
how other contributors to our Top-50 Greatest Moments list
feel about No. 1:
Dodge - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
is hard to describe exactly what I felt when Erstad squeezed
Kenny Lofton's fly ball for the final out. I was relatively
calm from the first pitch of the game until the Angels had
finally won. After the complete swing in emotion I felt watching
Game 6, I was too exhausted to work up any emotion for Game
the entire postseason, I had either been in attendance or
at my favorite watering hole to celebrate every moment with
other fans. I needed a break. So, I watched the entirety of
Game 7 alone; poetic in a sense because growing up none of
my friends or family members felt the same way about the game
of baseball, and there was certainly no one that loved the
Angels as much as I did. It wasn't my intention to watch the
game alone. I just didn't feel like sharing that moment with
I been there or watched the game with friends I doubt I'd
have noticed - I was focused on each pitch, nothing else existed
but the game. When the final out was made, I felt accomplished.
Not that I had anything to do with the victory, but that my
fanship had finally paid off. The years of suffering through
bad teams and monumental collapses proved worth it. I felt
like a champion.
Eric Denton - AngelsWin.com Contributor
had always told my friends, "Just once, I just need to
see it happen one time." It was worth the wait. Sticking
through thick and thin with the Angels had paid off. All the
sadness and anger from the past were washed away in one lazy
fly ball to Darin Erstad.
was fortunate enough have tickets to Game 7. When the final
out was made, I was standing in center field, over by the
rock pile. I momentarily lost my mind. I let out a loud primal
scream and leapt into the air a few times.
Richter - Angelswin.com Founder and Executive Editor
Kenny Lofton drove that ball to right-center field, my heart
leapt with both uncertainty and joy, thinking it could either
be '86 all over again or the burying of what seemed to be
the franchise's October curse.
Darin Erstad pulled it down, I picked up my best friend's
16-year-old son and spun him around like a baton, as I have
never in my life experienced such combined joy and adrenaline
from what was essentially a routine outfield put-out: tears
of joy, ear to ear smiles about my living room and a moment
in my life's history that words cannot describe.
me, this was the Greatest Moment in Angels baseball. Buried
were the thoughts of any curse. Born anew was a World Series
Championship for fans to claim, who throughout the years have
expressed love and passion for the club. And on this grand
night, destiny paid back some respect to Angels fans around
note: I'd like to thank all of the writers who contributed
to this monumental project the past 50 days. It was quite
an undertaking while simultaneously working full time, managing
a Little League team and looking after a family of six, but
was it ever worth it!
to the memories and debates we hope our list inspired and
to the making of many more outstanding top-50 worthy moments
in the seasons to come.