Angel Stadium is a great place to watch a game and the Rally Monkey is part of it. When the home team is trailing, the scoreboard shows clips of famous movies with the Monkey suddenly showing up.
Yesterday, the Monkey appeared in the shower scene from Psycho and then scared Will Smith in I Am Legend.
The writers all crack up and Derek Jeter admitted after the game last night that he does too.
“It’s funny to watch,” Jeter said. “We tried to have nobody look at the screen before, but that didn’t work. Now you just laugh at it.”
The Monkey certainly beats the usual montage of fervent locker room speeches or clips from Rocky you see at most parks and arenas when the home team is losing. The crowd gets into it, too.
“Every time that monkey comes out, they score,” Jeter said.
As I was talking to Phil Hughes after the game, I asked him about winning at Angel Stadium for the first time this season.
“It’s good to get the monkey off our backs,” he said. “Especially that Rally Monkey.”