"2002 World Series Champs"
"The Magical Comeback"
Thought of as third place finishers in a four-team division by baseball writers prior to the 2002 season, the Angels -- managed by former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia -- won 99 games to earn the American League "wildcard" berth after a miserable 6-14 start to the regular season.
The Anaheim Angels defeated the New York Yankees 3 games to 1 in the American League Division Series and defeated the Minnesota Twins 4 games to 1 in the ALCS to advance to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.
In the 2002 World Series they met the San Francisco Giants, paced by slugger Barry Bonds, in what ended up being the highest-scoring World Series of all time. San Francisco took Game 1 with a score of 4 to 3, but the Angels followed that up by winning Games 2 (11 to 10) and 3 (10 to 4). The Giants came back to win Games 4 (4 to 3) and 5 with a lopsided score of 16 to 4. The turning point in the series was Game 6, captured for eternity by Rob Arra in "The Magical Comeback".
Many consider this one of the greatest World Series games ever played. The Angels trailed 5-0 and were 8 outs away from elimination before rallying for 3 runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to win 6-5. It was the biggest post-season comeback in Angels baseball history, and Rob Arra was there. The Angels went on to win Game 7, their franchise's first and only World Series Championship, and Rob Arra was there for the celebration. Relive that moment in "Angels Earn Their Wings"