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2002 World Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
Anaheim Angels (4) Mike Scioscia 99–63, .611, GB: 4
San Francisco Giants (3) Dusty Baker 95–66, .590, GB: 2½
Dates: October 19–October 27
MVP: Troy Glaus (Anaheim)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan
Umpires: Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly, Tim McClelland, Tim Tschida, Mike Winters, Angel Hernandez
ALCS: Anaheim Angels over Minnesota Twins (4–1)
NLCS: San Francisco Giants over St. Louis Cardinals (4–1)
World Series Program
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The 2002 World Series was a best-of-seven playoff series to determine the champion of Major League Baseball for the 2002 season. It was the 98th such contest between the champions of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), and featured the AL champion Anaheim Angels against the NL champion San Francisco Giants. The series was played from October 19–27, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park) in San Francisco and Edison International Field of Anaheim (now Angel Stadium of Anaheim) in Anaheim. The Angels defeated the Giants four games to three to win the franchise's first championship.

The series was the first time since the 1995 inception of the wild card in Major League Baseball that both wild card teams would vie for the title. The Angels finished the regular season in second place in the American League West, four games behind the AL West champion Oakland Athletics. They defeated the New York Yankees in the best-of-five American League Division Series (ALDS), and in doing so won their first postseason series in franchise history. They then defeated the Minnesota Twins in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series (ALCS) to advance to the World Series, another first in franchise history. The Giants, meanwhile, finished the regular season in second place in the National League West, 2+12 games behind the NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks. They defeated the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series (NLDS) and the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series (NLDS) to advance to the World Series, the franchise's 20th appearance in the Fall Classic but only its third since moving from New York to San Francisco in 1958. The series was the fourth World Series played between two teams from California, after 1974, 1988, and 1989.

Barry Bonds, Reggie Sanders, and J. T. Snow each hit home runs to help propel the Giants to win Game 1. Game 2 was a high-scoring affair that was ultimately won by Tim Salmon's eighth-inning home run. The Angels routed the Giants in Game 3, but lost Game 4 on a tie-breaking eighth-inning single by the Giants' David Bell. The Giants brought the Angels to the brink of elimination by winning Game 5 in a blowout. Late game home runs by Scott Spiezio and Darin Erstad, as well as a two-RBI double by Troy Glaus helped the Angels overcome a five-run, seventh inning deficit to win Game 6. A three-run double by Garret Anderson was the difference in the Angels' Game 7 win to clinch the series. Glaus was named the series MVP. As of 2009, the 2002 World Series was the most recent Fall Classic appearance for either team, and also the most recent World Series to be played for the full seven games.



San Francisco Giants

Since their 1958 move from New York to San Francisco, the Giants franchise and its fans had a long history of futility, frustration, and disappointment. The Giants had won their last World Series crown before the move, in 1954. Since the move, the Giants made it to the Series twice but lost both times. These included a dramatic, down-to-the-wire loss to the New York Yankees in the seven-game classic 1962 World Series, and a four-game sweep by their crosstown rival Oakland Athletics in the 1989 World Series that was marred by the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Their most recent postseason appearance was in 2000, when they were defeated by the New York Mets in the NLDS.

During the 2002 regular season, the Giants led the NL West standings for most of April and a few days in May; however, by the end of May they had fallen to third place behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks. They spent most of the next 3 months in third place, but on September 9 they took second place for good, while the Dodgers either tied them or fell to third place for the rest of the season. The Giants finished the regular season with a record of 95–66, 2½ games behind the NL West champion Diamondbacks. They won the NL wild card, 3½ games ahead of the second-place Dodgers.

Anaheim Angels

Like the Giants, the Angels and their fans carried a long history of futility and disappointment. Enfranchised in 1961, the Angels had never before played in the World Series. They came close several times, including heartbreaking ALCS losses in 1982 to the Milwaukee Brewers and in 1986 to the Boston Red Sox. In both series, the Angels brought their opponents to the brink of elimination, but lost the next three consecutive games to lose the series. The 1986 ALCS was the Angels' last postseason appearance, though they came close in 1995 when they lost a one-game tie-breaker for the AL West championship to the Seattle Mariners.

2002 was the Angels' third season under manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels finished the previous season with a record of 75–87, finishing in third place in the AL West. The most notable personnel change during the offseason was the trade of first baseman Mo Vaughn to the New York Mets in exchange for pitcher Kevin Appier. Offensively, the team was led by longtime Angels Garret Anderson, Darin Erstad, Troy Glaus and Tim Salmon, as well as relative newcomers Adam Kennedy and David Eckstein. The starting pitching rotation was led by Ramón Ortiz and Jarrod Washburn, as well as midseason callup John Lackey, while the bullpen was led by closer Troy Percival.

The Angels spent much of the season trailing the first-place Seattle Mariners and on occasion the Oakland Athletics in the AL West standings. However, the A's and Angels both mounted late-season comebacks that, coupled with a poor August record for the Mariners, knocked the Mariners down to third place. The Angels finished the season in second place, four games behind the A's, but won the AL wild card, six games ahead of the Boston Red Sox.


AL Anaheim Angels (4) vs. NL San Francisco Giants (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 19 San Francisco Giants – 4, Anaheim Angels – 3 Edison International Field of Anaheim 3:44 44,603[1]
2 October 20 San Francisco Giants – 10, Anaheim Angels – 11 Edison International Field of Anaheim 3:57 44,584[2] 
3 October 22 Anaheim Angels – 10, San Francisco Giants – 4 Pacific Bell Park 3:37 42,707[3] 
4 October 23 Anaheim Angels – 3, San Francisco Giants – 4 Pacific Bell Park 3:02 42,703[4] 
5 October 24 Anaheim Angels – 4, San Francisco Giants – 16 Pacific Bell Park 3:53 42,713[5] 
6 October 26 San Francisco Giants – 5, Anaheim Angels – 6 Edison International Field of Anaheim 3:48 44,506[6] 
7 October 27 San Francisco Giants – 1, Anaheim Angels – 4 Edison International Field of Anaheim 3:16 44,598[7]


Game 1

Saturday, October 19, 2002 at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 6 0
Anaheim 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 0

WP: Jason Schmidt (1–0)  LP: Jarrod Washburn (0–1)  SV: Robb Nen (1)  
HRs:  SF – Barry Bonds (1), Reggie Sanders (1), J.T. Snow (1)  ANA – Troy Glaus 2 (2)

San Francisco won 4–3 at Edison International Field of Anaheim (now Angel Stadium of Anaheim) to take a 1–0 lead. As he strode into the batter's box to open the second inning, Barry Bonds was finally making his first (and only) World Series appearance. And in his first at bat on a 2–0 pitch from Angels starter Jarrod Washburn, Barry smoked a line drive for a home run to right field giving his club a quick lead. Reggie Sanders then followed that up with an opposite field homer later in the inning. With the Giants leading 2–1 in the fifth, former Angel J.T. Snow hit a two-run shot over the center field wall to give San Francisco a three-run advantage. Eventual Series MVP Troy Glaus would hit two home runs for the Angels in this game. One in the second and another in the sixth off Giants starter Jason Schmidt. Adam Kennedy drove in a run with a base hit in the sixth as well to trim the deficit to 4–3. However, Schmidt was very effective otherwise, along with reliever Felix Rodriguez and closer Rob Nen as they held off the Halos the rest of the way.

Game 2

Sunday, October 20, 2002 at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 10 12 1
Anaheim 5 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 X 11 16 1

WP: Francisco Rodríguez (1–0)  LP: Félix Rodríguez (0–1)  SV: Troy Percival (1)  
HRs:  SF – Reggie Sanders (2), David Bell (1), Jeff Kent (1), Barry Bonds (2)  ANA – Tim Salmon 2 (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 two outs in the ninth inning, off of Troy Percival. The biggest home run of the night, however, was hit by Tim Salmon, a longtime Angel, with two outs and one on in the bottom of the eighth. The dramatic blast won the game for the Angels.

Game 3

Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Anaheim 0 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 10 16 0
San Francisco 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 6 2

WP: Ramon Ortiz (1–0)  LP: Liván Hernández (0–1)  
HRs:  SF – Rich Aurilia (1), Barry Bonds (3)

Anaheim won 10–4 in the first World Series game at Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park). The Angels batted around twice without a home run in either of their four-run innings. Barry Bonds hit another home run, becoming the first player to homer in his first three World Series games.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Anaheim 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 1
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 X 4 12 1

WP: Tim Worrell (1–0)  LP: Francisco Rodríguez (1–1)  SV: Robb Nen (2)  
HRs:  ANA – Troy Glaus (3)

San Francisco scored a 4–3 victory to tie the series. NLCS MVP Benito Santiago tied the game with a single in the fifth 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 eighth. The run was unearned due to Anaheim catcher Bengie Molina's passed ball during the previous at-bat, allowing J.T. Snow to move to second.

Game 5

Thursday, October 24, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Anaheim 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 10 2
San Francisco 3 3 0 0 0 2 4 4 X 16 16 0

WP: Chad Zerbe (1–0)  LP: Jarrod Washburn (0–2)  
HRs:  SF – Jeff Kent 2 (3), Rich Aurilia (2)

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. Snow scored off a Kenny Lofton triple. Three-year-old batboy Darren 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.

Game 6

Saturday, October 26, 2002 at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 5 8 1
Anaheim 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 X 6 10 1

WP: Brendan Donnelly (1–0)  LP: Tim Worrell (1–1)  SV: Troy Percival (2)  
HRs:  SF – Shawon Dunston (1), Barry Bonds (4)  ANA – Scott Spiezio (1), Darin Erstad (1)

The turning point in the Series came in Game 6. Leading 5–0 with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, eight outs away from the Giants' first World Series title in San Francisco, Giants manager Dusty Baker pulled starting pitcher Russ Ortiz for setup man Félix Rodríguez after Ortiz gave up consecutive singles to third baseman Troy Glaus and 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 Monkey came on the JumboTron, sending 45,037 Angels fans into a frenzy. Angels first baseman Scott Spiezio came to the plate and fouled off pitch after pitch before finally hitting a three-run home run that barely cleared the wall in right field. The rally continued in the eighth inning, as Angel center fielder Darin Erstad hit a leadoff line-drive home run, followed by consecutive singles by Tim Salmon and Garret Anderson. (Chone Figgins pinch 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 Nen to 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 ninth inning, Angels closer Troy Percival struck out Rich Aurilia to preserve the 6–5 victory in front of the jubilant home crowd. The comeback from a five-run deficit was the largest in World Series history for an elimination game.

Game 7

Sunday, October 27, 2002 at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Anaheim 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 5 0

WP: 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 Molina and a three-run double to right field from left fielder Garret Anderson to open a 4–1 lead. Rookie starting pitcher John Lackey maintained that lead. In the ninth inning, closer Troy Percival provided 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 Erstad in 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.

The morning after the win, The Orange County Register celebrated the Angels' win with the headline "7th Heaven,"[8] referring to the Angels' name and fact that it took seven games for the Angels to win the World Series, and in doing so, it sent them to seventh heaven[9].

Composite box

Victorious Angels players being honored at the White House Rose Garden by President George W. Bush.

2002 World Series (4–3): Anaheim Angels (A.L.) over San Francisco Giants (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Anaheim Angels 5 5 9 4 4 5 3 6 0 41 76 5
San Francisco Giants 4 10 1 0 13 5 5 5 1 44 66 5
Total attendance: 306,414   Average attendance: 43,773
Winning player’s share: $272,147   Losing player’s share: $186,186[10]


The 2002 World Series win began the most successful era in Angels franchise history, making six postseason appearances from 20022009. Before 2002 they had been to the postseason three times in franchise history. They advanced to the ALCS in 2005 and 2009, but lost those series respectively to the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees, each while en route to their own World Series championship.

The Giants would return to the postseason the following season, but lost the NLDS to the Florida Marlins while they were en route to a World Series championship. They have not returned to the postseason since.

Series quotes

That's the furthest ball I've ever seen hit.
Tim Salmon reacting to Bonds' home run in Game 2. Television cameras caught him saying it in the Angels' dugout.
I don't care who's pitching, when it comes here (points chest high), I'm going to hit it out there (points to center field)
—Bonds talking to Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow before Game 3, discussing Angels starter Ramon Ortiz. Bonds indeed homered in the game, but the Giants still lost 10–4.
Spezio hits one to deep right field, back is Sanders at the wall...Home run! 5–3 in the seventh!
—Joe Buck calling Scott Spezio's three-run home run that started the Game 6 comeback.
Smoked into's a one-run game!
—Joe Buck on Darin Erstad's lead-off home run in the eighth.
It's 2–1 on Glaus. Into left-center field, Bonds on the run won't get it, and the Anaheim Angels have come all the way back and lead it 6–5!
—Joe Buck on Troy Glaus' game-winning RBI double completing the comeback in Game 6.
Driven into right-center field, Erstad says he has it...the Angels, world champions!
—Joe Buck calling the final out of the Series.
Here's the pitch to Lofton. Fly ball, center field! Erstad says he's got it!! Erstad makes the catch! The Anaheim Angels are the champions of baseball!
—Rory Markas also calling the final out.
Gene Autry, I know you're up there. Your beloved Angels have done it! The Big A is finally the home of a champion!
—Terry Smith—Angels radio announcer.

Radio and television

  • Fox's telecast of this World Series marked the first time the World Series was telecast in high-definition.
  • Jon Miller, who called this World Series for ESPN Radio, has been play-by-play man for the San Francisco Giants since 1997. Coincidentally, KNBR, the Giants' longtime flagship station, is also San Francisco's ESPN Radio affiliate.



  1. ^ "2002 World Series Game 1 - San Francisco Giants vs. Anaheim Angels". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  2. ^ "2002 World Series Game 2 - San Francisco Giants vs. Anaheim Angels". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  3. ^ "2002 World Series Game 3 - Anaheim Angels vs. San Francisco Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  4. ^ "2002 World Series Game 4 - Anaheim Angels vs. San Francisco Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  5. ^ "2002 World Series Game 5 - Anaheim Angels vs. San Francisco Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  6. ^ "2002 World Series Game 6 - San Francisco Giants vs. Anaheim Angels". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  7. ^ "2002 World Series Game 7 - San Francisco Giants vs. Anaheim Angels". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  8. ^ "'s Angels on High". Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  9. ^ " on Cloud Nine". Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  10. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 


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