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California Dreamin'

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 21, 2002

HATS OFF: Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly already has won a case of bagels and hot dogs from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and forced Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to wear an Angels shirt and Mickey Mouse ears to work. His World Series bet with San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown isn't nearly as creative. If the Angels win, Brown has to wear a cowboy hat in tribute in Gene Autry. If the Giants win, Daly will wear a bright orange and black fedora.

FEAR THE CHICKEN: Some Giants fans already are tired of the Rally Monkey. One has even come up with a Northern California alternative: the Rally Chicken. At rallychicken.com you can see a photo of Vince the Rally Chicken, chosen because so many teams chicken out when it comes to pitching to Giants leftfielder Barry Bonds. The Web site implores Giants fans to show up at Pac Bell Park for Tuesday's Game 3 with as many rubber chickens as they can. The Rally Chicken may not be as attractive as the Rally Monkey, but he does have a way with words. Here is the Web site's logo: "Because the Rally Monkey (expletive)."

CEREMONIALLY SPEAKING: Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who just turned 92, threw out the first pitch. ... Daniel Rodriguez, who became famous as the singing New York City cop, performed the national anthem.

STAR POWER: A handful of Los Angeles Lakers, including Kobe Bryant and Robert Horry, were on hand. So were actors Dennis Quaid (he seems to be digging this baseball thing), Dylan McDermott, Ray Romano, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kiefer Sutherland and Damon Wayans, musician Fred Durst and actor/director Rob Reiner.

-- MARC TOPKIN, JOHN ROMANO

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