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October 16, 2002 | Dana Parsons
I read the paragraph in Tuesday's San Francisco Examiner, and my blood began boiling. I flung my coffee cup halfway across the room, inadvertently splattering several colleagues. The nerve of this John Crowley guy: "It's not official," Mr. Crowley writes, "but the rally monkey is reportedly headed the way of the spotted owl -- sharing a branch on the endangered species list.
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SPORTS
August 19, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
Torii Hunter remembers the scene in the Metrodome clubhouse on Oct. 5, 2002, when the Minnesota Twins watched on television as shortstop David Eckstein caught Nick Johnson's popup to close the Angels' 9-5 American League division series-clinching victory over the New York Yankees. "We were all jumping up and down because we thought, 'Yeah, we're going to get the Angels!" said Hunter, the former Twins center fielder who is now in his fifth year with the Angels. "The Yankees owned us in the playoffs, and we had done pretty well against the Angels that year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2002 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this game of superstitions--a game in which grown men resort to silly rituals just to keep a streak going--there is one undeniable rule: Don't mess with a good thing. So it comes to this, as Disney's Cinderella team heads into the American League playoffs for the first time in 16 years: Its best good-luck charm is a monkey. But who cares?
SPORTS
August 25, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
A man's homeland is wherever he prospers. — Aristophanes Three things fans can count on this season at Angel Stadium: fireworks after Angels homers, the Rally Monkey appearing in late innings when the home team needs a run and Scott Downs shutting down the opposition. It's "Inning Over" whenever the Angels left-hander emerges from the bullpen behind left field. He has not given up a run in 20 2/3 innings, striking out 17 and walking only two to go with his immaculate 0.00 earned-run average.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2002 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Every once in a generation or so, a World Series, Olympics or other sporting epic produces a legendary performer, someone with the looks, personality, athletic skills and sheer animal magnetism to captivate viewers around the globe. Such a hero emerged from the just-wrapped Angels-Giants matchup, and his name wasn't Troy Glaus. We speak, of course, of the Rally Monkey, that elusive simian with a knack for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat as if plucking juicy nits off a mate's head.
OPINION
October 12, 2005
Re "Angels Top the Yankees -- Again," Oct. 11 Now that Mike Scioscia and the Angels have put Los Angeles on the map, could Anaheim please have its name back? REBECCA S. HERTSGAARD Palm Desert Turns out that the so-called Yankee mystique and the ghost of Babe Ruth were no match for the Rally Monkey and the ghost of Steve Bilko. MIKE EBERTS Los Angeles
SPORTS
October 13, 2002 | Dan Barreiro, Minnesota Star Tribune
Original ideas are rare. That's what made the Homer Hanky such a stroke of genius. That's also what makes the Rally Monkey so eye-catching and clever. Think of it: In the seventh inning of a tight game, you put a gyrating monkey on the big screen and 44,234 people scream and shout as if Mick Jagger has arrived. As a marketing tool, the whole thing is so dumb it's brilliant.
NEWS
July 8, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mickey Hatcher took one for the team Friday. The Angels' hitting coach got a slobbering smooch from a little monkey that hopped off the perch of Hatcher's shoulder and puckered up. If you have to ask why a distinguished coach took time from his busy schedule to pose with a monkey, you haven't been to Edison Field in Anaheim lately. This is the summer of the Rally Monkey, a phenomenon as inexplicable as it is undeniable. The irony is delicious.
SPORTS
March 27, 2003 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
MESA, Ariz. -- After three years as a lovable local phenomenon, the Angels' rally monkey teeters on the brink of overexposure. The rally monkey surged onto the national scene during the playoffs last fall, inspired rivals to display scoreboard images of other species and generated windfall profits for Disney, through the sale of stuffed monkeys at $20 a pop.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2002 | Gary Gentile, Associated Press
Film producer Larry Cano has found that the World Series champion Anaheim Angels aren't about to let anyone monkey around with their mascot. Cano, an executive producer of the 1983 film "Silkwood," sees the Angels' Rally Monkey as a perfect role model for kids and wants to make a movie featuring the crowd-pleasing primate. He has filed a trademark application for the term "Rally Monkey" and a script treatment with the Writers Guild of America. There's only one problem.
SPORTS
October 13, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
Times staff writer Bill Shaikin offers 10 reasons why America should be rooting for the Angels to beat the New York Yankees in the American League: 1. The Yankees had their century. 2. The Angels could become the first team to knock the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox out of the playoffs in the same season, ridding us of both the teams that are force-fed to America all summer long. 3. What do the Yankees call a $1,250 seat? Half-price. 4. Torii Hunter! Say anything! Down with the bland corporate personalities of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira!
SPORTS
September 9, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
Stopped by Angel Stadium on Tuesday night because I thought it would make a nice backdrop while watching the Dodgers game on TV. The Dodgers are so much more interesting than the Angels, the Angels players handcuffed and muzzled by their manager, a foregone conclusion every year they're going to win in a subpar division and then lose to the Red Sox in the playoffs. I had some time to kill waiting for the Dodgers game to start, so I visited the Angels' clubhouse to see whether anyone had developed any charisma the last few months.
SPORTS
August 31, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
Scott Kazmir has yet to pitch a game for the Angels, but he dropped a reference to the Rally Monkey during his introductory news conference today at Angel Stadium. "It kind of feels like a playoff atmosphere every time you're here," Kazmir said. "You have the Rally Monkey, the whole thing going on." Kazmir, acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, is scheduled to make his Angels debut Wednesday in Seattle. The Angels traded three prospects to get Kazmir, whose contract extends through 2011, with a club option for 2012.
SPORTS
June 2, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
When Torii Hunter signed with the Angels, he had a rally monkey perched on his shoulder. "My new best friend," Hunter said that day. If he didn't really believe in the power of the rally monkey then, you might figure he's a believer now. The Angels rallied for two runs with two out in the ninth inning Sunday, with Maicer Izturis delivering the game-winning single in a wild 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2006 | Steve Harvey
The Angels may have the make-believe Rally Monkey, but the Long Beach Armada is playing in a stadium inhabited by a family of real-life skunks. During the seventh-inning stretch the other night, with the Armada losing 2-1, the scoreboard flashed: "Rally Skunk Time!" Sure enough, the Armada erupted to score six runs and win the game. Possibly because they're associated with a winner, the skunks reportedly did not release any perfume.
OPINION
October 12, 2005
Re "Angels Top the Yankees -- Again," Oct. 11 Now that Mike Scioscia and the Angels have put Los Angeles on the map, could Anaheim please have its name back? REBECCA S. HERTSGAARD Palm Desert Turns out that the so-called Yankee mystique and the ghost of Babe Ruth were no match for the Rally Monkey and the ghost of Steve Bilko. MIKE EBERTS Los Angeles
SPORTS
October 19, 2002 | Bill Shaikin
It's his song, and it's as much a part of this World Series as peanuts and Cracker Jack. As 45,000 people jump around at Edison Field, wildly saluting the arrival of the rally monkey on the video board, it's his catchy music that accompanies the monkey business. The song: "Jump Around," performed by House of Pain, a top-10 single in 1992. Everlast, now a noted solo artist, wrote the song during his days with the group.
SPORTS
October 25, 2002 | Diane Pucin
The costume was bought a year ago. It was going to be for Halloween. But you know how 7-year-olds are. Liam Parsekian never dressed in the monkey suit. It hung in his closet at home in Laguna Niguel until the baseball playoffs started. "You know, that monkey costume looks just like the rally monkey," Liam Parsekian told his dad, Thomas, a Laguna Niguel attorney. Liam would know. His family has season tickets right behind home plate.
SPORTS
October 8, 2005
Just a suggestion for USC Coach Pete Carroll: Make a highlight video of your halftime speeches to your team and sell it. Whatever you are saying to your squad between halves has got to be good theater, and it works! RICHARD WHORTON Valley Village I think it is time for a short memo to Trojan offensive coordinators Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian: 1. You have the most dominant offensive line in the country. 2. You have the most explosive running backs around.
SPORTS
July 16, 2003 | Ross Newhan
Well, OK, maybe the American and National League All-Stars didn't buy into the concept of "This Time It Counts" -- the drumbeat slogan that stared back at them again from a banner on the right-center field fence at U.S. Cellular Field. Maybe, in fact, they were insulted by it, as some said, because it implied they hadn't approached previous All-Star games with any intensity or desire, treating them only as another in the series of mid-summer exhibitions and nothing more.
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