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Angels on Cloud Nine

Aired October 28, 2002 - 13:42   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN ANCHOR: If you looked high above Edison Field today, you just may see the Anaheim Angels floating on cloud nine. Last night, the Angels won their first World Series ever after a dramatic, down to the wire seven-game run.
Our sports reporter Josie Karp joins us live now from Anaheim, where they have got to still be feeling pretty good about things -- Josie.

JOSIE KARP, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes. There a lot of bleary-eyed people outside the coffee shop where we've been standing for a couple of hours now.

The burning question was, if Anaheim actually won the World series, would they do one of those, I'm going to Disney World type things? But the "Orange County Register," the local paper, had their own answer to the question about of where the Angels would go if they won the World Series, and that was seventh heaven, in reference to the fact that it took seven games, but as the headline says, when they finally won one, in that seventh game, it sent them to seventh heaven.

The final out came when Darren Ersab (ph), the center fielder was able to catch the ball that as hit by the Giant's Kenny Lofton, and that really touched off a celebration inside the stadium. It touched off a celebration and outside the stadium, and it was all very unlikely, because this was an Angels team that started out 6-14 at the start of this season, and then go back to last season, and they finished 41 games out of first place. Add to that, the fact that they didn't have a single superstar, they hardly an All-Star. This was a celebration, for all of those reasons, that went on for a very long time. It's still going on.

And I'm actually with someone who at game six and game seven. This is Mark, who is clearly an Angels fan, at least for right now, as you can see from his T-shirt and his rally monkey.

First, I want to get to Mark. Just being there in the stadium nor that come back in game six and then when they won the championship in game seven, what was the atmosphere like on both nights?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was ridiculously electric. The thunder sticks were unbelievably loud. The comeback kind of showed how the team played all year. And then game seven, they just won it outright. They were in total control, but the crowd was unbelievable.

KARP: Game seven was not a real typical game for these Angels. You mentioned all the comebacks, they got down 1-0, but then they're ahead 4-1 for most of the game. Do you think that subdued the crowd a little bit?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't think so. Because people could smell the championship, and were just totally pumped up about it.

You didn't get to see the rally monkey skits, which we all like to see, but we didn't need it, so.

KARP: Let's talk about the rally monkey. I want to talk about how history is going to remember this series. First of all, this gimmick, do you think it had anything to do with it, especially in that game six?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know. I think people starting believing in it. And they had the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) believing in the power of the rally monkey. And who knows, I don't know if the players take it heart, but it works for the fans, so it gets them pumped up.

KARP: All right, Mark, thanks very much for your time.

And the question of history is one that's going to be interesting to examine a couple of years down the road. Will this be remembered as the little team that could, or will it be remembered as the Giants blowing it, because they had that five-run lead in game six, and they let it slip away, and Barry Bonds didn't get his ring, and he waited 17 years for that opportunity?

Back to you.

SAVIDGE: Well, Josie, let's just remember it for the moment now, and that is, it is fantastic for the people there.

Thank you very much. Josie, Reporting to us from cloud nine or seventh heaven, depending on your point of view.

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