Could the Kansas City Royals follow in the footsteps of 2002 Anaheim Angels?
Game one of the World Series in hindsight was over before it really got started. The Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, padded by a Hunter Pence two-run home run. With Madison Bumgarner on the mound, that would be a tough task in its own right and it was. The Royals could only scrape across one run, a solo home run by Salvador Perez, and the Royals fans went home unhappy by a score of 7-1.
Let’s get in a time machine and go back to 2002 for just a little bit. The Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants matched up in the first ever “Wild Card World Series”. The American League had home field advantage giving the Angels the first two and last two games at home. So let’s jump to game one.
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The Angels had 18-game winner Jarrod Washburn on the bump against Giants’ Jason Schmidt. Barry Bonds, J.T. Snow, and Reggie Sanders each hit home runs off of Washburn while Troy Glaus hit a home run for the Angels as the Giants nipped the Halos 4-3 in game one. Why is that so significant to the Giants and Royals series? Here’s why:
The last time the Angels were in the World Series and both teams happened to be a Wild Card, the Angels lost game one and came back to win the World Series. The same format is now laid out for the Kansas City Royals. They have home-field advantage on their side, they have lost game one at home and they are facing the other Wild Card, the San Francisco Giants just as the Angels did in 2002.
The 2002 series ended up going seven games with the Angels winning games two, three, six and seven. The Royals may have to do just that in order to win this series. The Royals have completed the first two steps in which the Angels did in 2002. The win last night helps them in the series in which they have a chance to get back to Kauffman Stadium, but that isn’t a given. But if they get it back to the K anything can happen with the home fans on their side. As long as the fans aren’t doing this,
The Royals still have a relatively good chance to win the series. Here is another tweet from High Heat Stats on Twitter. If you aren’t following him yet, you are doing everything wrong on Twitter.
We will see how everything plays out in this series, but it has scary implications of déjà vu from the 2002 World Series.