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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 07:11 GMT 08:11 UK
Salute the Anaheim Angels
Anaheim's Troy Glaus (left) and San Francisco's Barry Bonds could decide the series
Anaheim Angels beat San Francisco 4-1 in the seventh and deciding game to clinch the World Series.

Congratualte the Angels on their first ever title triumph.


Anaheim's never-say-die spirit was once again on display as another brilliant team effort saw them clinch the World Series for the first time in their 42-year history.

Rookie pitcher John Lackey was the star of the show. His sparkling form went a long way to denying the Giants the title, which they had come just eight outs from clinching on Saturday.

Lackey becomes the first rookie in 93 years - since Babe Adams of the Pittsburgh Pirates - to win a game seven of a World Series.

Salute the Angels on their World Series triumph.


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.

As a captain of a struggling baseball team in Zurich, I am buoyed by the teamwork and guile shown by the Angels. If the Angels can do it anyone can!
Captain Clapton, Switzerland


As a die-hard Los Angeles Dodgers fan, there was no greater feeling than watching the hated San Francisco Giants LOSE!
Greg, Los Angeles, USA

The Angels won it fair and square. I thought that they might just sit back in game seven and be proud of their comeback in game six, but they didn't. That's what baseball is all about! Congratulations, Anaheim!
Saiid Abdul Baki, Lebanon

Wow! What a fantastic series! Both teams should feel proud of contributing to a great sporting spectacle.

I've been an Angels fan since 1986 when, as a 13-year-old, I was caught up in the drama of the infamous ALCS series against the Red Sox whilst on a family holiday. That was great drama, but this was better!

Well done the Angels, and also to the Halos fans for making such a huge noise. Go Rally Monkey!
Pete, England

As a die-hard Los Angeles Dodgers fan, there was no greater feeling than watching the hated San Francisco Giants LOSE! Thank you Angels, and congratulations!
Greg, Los Angeles, USA

Hooray for the Angels! The 'underdogs' proved all the naysayers wrong. I agree with Tom that Game Seven was anti-climactic; the Angels really won the World Series when they came back in Game Six.


Their long-suffering, loyal fans really deserve this
Susan Alexander Llauget, USA

Having never watched the Angels play before this post-season, seeing all their quality hitting may have spoiled me for the Dodgers next season.
Tracey, Los Angeles, USA

I wish I could have been back in Orange County for the series. Even more I wish Gene Autry could have lived to see his dream finally come true. Congratulations to the Halos and all the fans who suffered through the years.
Brad, Maryland, USA

In my opinion, Angels won two World Series - the first one was when they beat the Yankees in the play-offs, and second one beating the Giants.....Angels gave San Francisco a GIANT disappointment!
Perry, Anaheim, USA

After 42 years, the Angels have done it! This team has so much heart, you just knew they were going to go all the way and win it all. They deserve it. Their long-suffering, loyal fans really deserve this. Congratulations to a great team with great heart and us, the loyal fans of the Anaheim Angels!
Susan Alexander Llauget, USA

As a Giants fan this really hurt. Those mad, bad couple of innings on Saturday night will stay with me for a long, long time - they never really recovered and still looked shell-shocked last night.

Gotta feel for Bonds, Santiago and Baker especially. In the end though, the best team...just...won.
Jeff, UK


What a wonderful World Series this turned out to be, especially Game 6
Dinesh Kumar Selvaraj, USA

And to think...when I was at school I needed a tennis racket to even have a chance of hitting the ball!! Well done my Angels...absolutely superb!!
Ian McAinsh, Coatbridge, Scotland

Time and again the Angels came back to win games. What a wonderful World Series this turned out to be, especially Game 6. All credit to Angels for coming back and winning that game from 0-5 down in the 7th inning.

I feel sorry for Barry Bonds. He might never get a shot at the World Championship again. Angels must be in Seventh Heaven now. Good job Angels!
Dinesh Kumar Selvaraj, USA

An Angels fan for 16 years - I knew our time would come!
Robin Hul, UK

Finally the Ape beat the Greatest (Bonds). Awesome World Series. Amazing Angels. The Angels win reflects how much that faith in your ability, and hard work, rewards everyone in their life, not just sports.

The fact that Glauss was the MVP was the icing of the cake. Sends a message to the A-Rods and Giambis and Mannys that the multi-millions that they make do not count a thing in the game. They don't have a ring, the Angels have it. This is the best that could have happened to baseball and sports in general.
Rally Monkey, USA


The Giants did a fine job in reaching the World Series
Paul Harris, UK

The Angels were magnificent, and to come back in Game 6 when they looked dead and buried was sensational. As a Dodger fan I enjoyed seeing the Giants players (Bonds especially) in pain after yet another San Francisco failure to win a World Series. Congratulations Angels!
Norman, USA

I cheered, I cried, I whooped - before finally screaming for joy in the early hours of the morning. Well done my Angels!
Matthew Daniels, England

Well done, Angels!
Sam Huang, Taiwan (now in the UK)

As a somewhat dejected Giants fan, I congratulate the Angels in coming back to pip us. The Giants did a fine job in reaching the World Series (through the backdoor) and are a testament to the management of Dusty Baker. Let's hope we can go one better next year.
Paul Harris, UK

The Game 6 rally, to force a deciding Game 7, will be talked about for a long time. Game 7 was almost anti-climatic.
Tom, USA

While on holiday in September I saw my baseball game at Edison Field. What a place. I have been following the Angels ever since then. It shows that pure team-work can beat the big guns (Yankees). Well done Angels.
Jon Caller, England


The crowd were worth at least one run in games six and seven!
Kevin McKenna, USA

The Giants didn't lose - they just ran out of innings.
In denial, USA, San Francisco

It was absolutely fantastic to see an entire team work together like one body, and never give in to a grim looking score board.
David Hampton, USA

This result is just what baseball needed - it shows that you don't have to be as rich as the Yankees and have a huge payroll to succeed. Good management and hard work can do the job - well done Angels!
Phil, England

Poor old Barry Bonds - he so nearly made the World Series his own!
Richard Lappin, UK

I went to the game, and I cannot believe how exciting it was and how wonderful the Anaheim crowd were in getting behind their team. The crowd were worth at least one run in games six and seven! Can't wait for next season.
Kevin McKenna, USA

A great World Series - the Angles and Giants were a credit to the game. Next year it'll be the Reds!
Gareth, UK

You never gave up - well done Angels!
Rosie, England

Fantastic display, and congrats to the Angels. Just returned from the LA area and missed the final game, but a great start to my morning to find they won. Hurrah!
Deborah, England

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