The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (ridiculous) honored their 2002 World Series team before last night’s game. More than 25 former players and coaches were lined up on the infield and inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
All of them donned their ’02 jerseys during an on-field ceremony that saw Salmon and Eckstein provide speeches and former general manager Bill Stoneman throw out the first pitch to Scioscia. One by one, they each came out of the dugout to be introduced.
Except Scott Spiezio, who jogged out of the the right-field corner, where he dumped his memorable Game 6 homer.
“It’s something no one can ever take away from us,” Spiezio said. “It’s so cool that we’re all here to be able to share it with the fans.”
Meanwhile, in Oakland, the A’s honored their 2002 team as well.
On an evening dedicated to the 2002 A’s team and its American League-record 20-game winning streak, the current version of the club couldn’t very well come up short.
There was no dramatic walk-off homer, a la Scott Hatteberg, or even the garden-variety 2012 pie-in-the-kisser sort. Just a plain old, pie-free victory, 8-5 over Cleveland, driven by Bartolo Colon’s staunch pitching and Yoenis Céspedes’ power.
Before the game, the A’s honored players and coaches from the 2002 team. In a particularly poignant moment, Cory Lidle’s widow, Melanie, and son, Christopher, were recognized on the field, and a check was presented to the Cory Lidle Foundation.
In a bit of a surprise, the Seahawks wore a not-so-terrible-looking white over navy combo. I wonder if we’ll be seeing less of the monochrome look from them this season or if this was just a tease.
Hey, c’mon, it’s not like he’s grave-robbing with Dr. Franckensteen…
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