Rally Monkey is the current Mascot for the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rally Monkey
On occasion, the Rally Monkey is used as a mascot to cheer up Los Angeles Angels fans when they are losing or tied in a game, although it can sometimes emerge earlier depending on the scenario. The Rally Monkey can be seen on the scoreboard in a variety of films and pop culture references.
The Rally Monkey was created on June 6, 2000, the Los Angeles Angels were down 5–4 in the bottom of the ninth inning when the figure made his debut. It was Dean Fraulino and Jaysen Humes that added the words “RALLY MONKEY!” to a footage of a monkey jumping in Jim Carrey comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective from 1994. To win, the Angels had a two-run advantage.
The Rally Monkey gained widespread notice during the Angels’ World Series appearance against the San Francisco Giants in 2002. At home, the Angels were down 3-2 in the series going into the 6th game and were looking to avoid elimination. They were behind 5-0 in the seventh inning of the game.
Rally-monkey-themed fans cheered as the Angels scored six consecutive runs in the next two innings, winning the game and reversing momentum in the series (they went on to clinch the championship in game 7).
As a result of the Angels’ five postseason appearances between 2004 and 2009, the Rally Monkey saw a surge in popularity.