Saturday, October 19, 2002 atEdison International Field of AnaheiminAnaheim, California
|WP:Jason Schmidt(1–0) LP:Jarrod Washburn(0–1) Sv:Robb Nen(1)
SF:Barry Bonds(1),Reggie Sanders(1),J.T. Snow(1)
ANA:Troy Glaus2 (2)
San Francisco won 4–3 at Edison International Field of Anaheim (nowAngel Stadium of Anaheim) to take a 1–0 lead. As he strode into the batter's box to open the second inning,Barry Bondswas finally making his first (and only) World Series appearance. And in his first at bat on a 2–0 pitch from Angels starterJarrod Washburn, Barry smoked a line drive for a home run to right field giving his club a quick lead.Reggie Sandersthen followed that up with an opposite field homer later in the inning. With the Giants leading 2–1 in the fifth, former AngelJ.T. Snowhit a two-run shot over the center field wall to give San Francisco a three-run advantage. Eventual Series MVPTroy Glauswould hit two home runs for the Angels in this game. One in the second and another in the sixth off Giants starterJason 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 relieverFelix Rodriguezand closerRob Nenas they held off the Halos the rest of the way.
Sunday, October 20, 2002 atEdison International Field of AnaheiminAnaheim, California
|WP:Francisco Rodríguez(1–0) LP:Félix Rodríguez(0–1) Sv:Troy Percival(1)
SF:Reggie Sanders(2),David Bell(1),Jeff Kent(1),Barry Bonds(2)
ANA:Tim Salmon2 (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 ofTroy Percival. The biggest home run of the night, however, was hit byTim 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.
Tuesday, October 22, 2002 atPacific Bell ParkinSan Francisco, California
|WP:Ramón Ortiz(1–0) LP:Liván Hernández(0–1)
SF:Rich Aurilia(1),Barry Bonds(3)
Anaheim won 10–4 in the first World Series game at Pacific Bell Park (nowAT&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.
Giants public address announcerRenel Brooks-Moonis recognized by theBaseball Hall of Fameas the first female announcer of a championship game in any professional sport for her role in the 2002 World Series. Her scorecard from Game 3 is on display in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.
Wednesday, October 23, 2002 atPacific Bell ParkinSan Francisco, California
|WP:Tim Worrell(1–0) LP:Francisco Rodríguez(1–1) Sv:Robb Nen(2)
San Francisco scored a 4–3 victory to tie the series.NLCSMVPBenito Santiagotied 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 catcherBengie Molina's passed ball during the previous at-bat, allowingJ.T. Snowto move to second.
Thursday, October 24, 2002 atPacific Bell ParkinSan Francisco, California
|WP:Chad Zerbe(1–0) LP:Jarrod Washburn(0–2)
SF:Jeff Kent2 (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 whenGiantsfirst basemanJ.T. Snowscored off aKenny Loftontriple. Three-year-oldbatboyDarren Baker, son of Giants managerDusty Baker, ran to home plate to collectLofton'sbat before the play was completed and was quickly lifted by the jacket bySnowas he crossed the plate, withDavid Bellclose on his heels. Had Snow not acted quickly, Darren could have been seriously injured.
Saturday, October 26, 2002 atEdison International Field of AnaheiminAnaheim, California
|WP:Brendan Donnelly(1–0) LP:Tim Worrell(1–1) Sv:Troy Percival(2)
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 managerDusty Bakerpulled starting pitcherRuss Ortizfor setup manFélix Rodríguezafter Ortiz gave up consecutive singles to third basemanTroy Glausand designated hitterBrad Fullmer. In a widely publicized move, Baker gave Ortiz the game ball as he sent him back to the dugout. During the pitching change theRally Monkeycame on theJumboTron, sending 45,037 Angels fans into a frenzy.
Angels first basemanScott Spieziocame 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 fielderDarin Erstadhit a leadoff line-drive home run, followed by consecutive singles byTim SalmonandGarret Anderson. (Chone Figginspinch 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 closerRobb Nento 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 fieldgapover Bonds' head to drive in the tying and winning runs.
In the ninth inning, Angels closerTroy Percivalstruck outRich Auriliato 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.
Sunday, October 27, 2002 atEdison International Field of AnaheiminAnaheim, California
|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 catcherBengie Molinaand a three-run double to right field from left fielderGarret Andersonto open a 4–1 lead. Rookie starting pitcherJohn Lackeymaintained that lead. In the ninth inning, closerTroy Percivalprovided some tense moments as he opened the inning by putting two Giants on base, with only one out. ButTsuyoshi Shinjo—the first Japanese player in a World Series game—struck out swinging, andKenny Lofton, also representing the tying run, flied out toDarin Erstadin 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. In Game 7, three rookie pitchers (John Lackey,Brendan Donnelly, andFrancisco Rodríguez) combined to throw eight innings while only giving up one run combined.
The Angels won the Series despite scoring fewer runs (41) than the Giants (44). The Angels lost the first game in all three rounds of the playoffs (Division Series,League Championship Series, andWorld Series), yet rebounded to win each time. They were the first, and to date only, team to do this since the new postseason format was created in 1994. The Angels were also the first American League Wild Card winner to win the World Series.
Victorious Angels players being honored at theWhite House Rose Gardenby PresidentGeorge W. Bush.
2002 World Series(4–3):Anaheim Angels(A.L.)overSan Francisco Giants(N.L.)
|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|