By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
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Even writers from the Disney owned Anaheim Angels could not have written a better script for the magical team that won its first World Championship on Sunday.
The Angels won the best of seven series over the San Fran-cisco Giants in the highest scoring World Series in Major League history. The Angels quietly crept into the playoffs as a wild card team but chaotically plowed the Yan-kees, Twins and now the Giants en route to the team’s first World Championship in the franchise’s 42-year history.
Led by the “rally monkey” and Abilene native John Lackey, the Anaheim Angels make the unlikely leap from chumps to champs. Lackey, who graduated from Abilene High School, was the first rookie to win a decisive World Series game since 1909. Lackey earned the victory in Game 7 of the World Series by giving up a single run in five innings pitched.
In a stroke of angelic luck, the Angels recalled Lackey from the minor leagues on June 30. He started his season by pitching in relief against the New York Yankees, and completed the season by defeating the Giants for a World Series title.
The Anaheim Angels won the World Series because of team chemistry, which was considered non-existent in the Anaheim clubhouse just a season ago.
This is the same team that just three seasons ago cried out for unity and commitment. This is same team that finished at the bottom in offensive rankings last season and helped score the most runs in World Series history this season. And this is the team that helped save baseball from the depths of another near-strike experience by creating a Disney-like moment that was the 2002 World Series.