Rally Monkey

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The Rally Monkey is the unofficial mascot for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Major League Baseball team.

Introduction[edit]

The character debuted on June 6, 2000, when the Angels were trailing the San Francisco Giants 5–4 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Two video board operators, Dean Fraulino and Jaysen Humes, took a clip of a monkey jumping around from the 1994 Jim Carrey movie comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and superimposed the words "RALLY MONKEY!" on top of it. The Angels scored two runs and won the game.[1][2]

Growing popularity[edit]

The video clip proved to be so popular that the team hired Katie, a white-haired capuchin monkey who previously appeared as Marcel in the television sitcom Friends, to star in original clips for later games.[1][3] When seen, she bounces to the House of Pain song "Jump Around" and sometimes holds a sign proclaiming that it is "RALLY TIME!"[4][5]

The rally monkey came to national and world-wide attention during the Angels' appearance in the 2002 World Series, again against the San Francisco Giants.[6][7] In the sixth game, the Angels were playing at home, but were trailing the series 3-2 and facing elimination. They were down 5-0 as the game entered the bottom of the seventh inning. Amid fervid rally-monkey themed fan support, the Angels proceeded to score six unanswered runs over the next two innings, winning the game and turning the momentum of the series for good (they went on to clinch the championship in game 7).[8][9]

In 2009, the Angels once again reached the post-season, sparking a renewal of the rally monkey's popularity.[10][11]

Cultural references[edit]

Additional videos featuring the Rally Monkey show her edited into popular films and TV shows such as The Brady Bunch Movie,[12] Jurassic Park,[13] Field of Dreams, Star Trek, Risky Business, WarGames, and Animal House.[4] The Angels started selling plush monkeys that fans bring to games.[14]

ESPN did a SportsCenter commercial in which it showed one of the executives having to make "budget cuts," leading to the release of the monkey. The monkey pleaded by raising the "It's Rally Time" sign.[15]

In one installment of the popular comic strip Get Fuzzy, the strip's protagonist, Bucky Katt, attempts to travel to Anaheim to eat the Rally Monkey after seeing it on television, as part of a running gag focused on Bucky's irrational desire to eat a monkey.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Angels rally around monkey". Augusta Chronicle. Associated Press. October 12, 2002. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ Shaikin, Bill (July 8, 2000). "Angels Rally 'Round a Monkey--and Win". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kridler, Chris (April 27, 1995). "Parting is such sweet sorrow as Monkey prepares to leave cast of 'Friends'". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Bernandino, Mike (October 12, 2002). "Monkey Business Pays Off". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Fred (October 12, 2002). "Monkey business going strong". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Walker, Ben (October 28, 2002). "Monkey business inspires Angels to do great deeds". Cincinnati Enquirer. Associated Press. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ Stark, Jayson (June 8, 2003). "Rally Monkey Cheers on Home Team". ABC News. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ Williams, Doug (June 6, 2012). "Playbook marks 12 years of Rally Monkey". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ Hermann, A. J. (August 4, 2015). "Top-6 rally creatures in baseball history". YES Network. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ Witz, Billy (2009-10-07). "Angels' Rally Monkey Comes Off the Bench". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  11. ^ Vecsey, George (2009-10-20). "Chamberlain Proves No Match for Rally Monkey". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  12. ^ "Colon returns from injury for Angels but Padres get last laugh in 7-3 victory". USA Today. Associated Press. June 18, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ Mohan, Geoffrey; Yoshino, Kimi (October 20, 2002). "Giants Outlast Angels in a Game of Firsts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  14. ^ McCollum, Charlie (October 18, 2002). "Rally Monkey climbs to biggest stage". Journal Times. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  15. ^ Pucin, Diane (November 16, 2008). "These were ESPN classics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 9, 2017.