The Los Angeles Angels had a huge night on Thursday.
First and foremost the Halos got to watch John Lackey—in potentially his last game with the club—pitch at his best and hold the Yankees in check for 6 2/3 innings.
Secondly, the club managed to pull off a huge comeback against the vaunted bullpen of the New York Yankees and force a game six in New York on Saturday night.
Lastly—and most importantly—the Angels finally found a new good luck charm.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the days of the Rally Monkey and Thunder Sticks has come and gone.
It is the dawning of a new era.
Now is the time of the “yet-to-be-nicknamed dude who went swimming in the outfield waterfall last night.”
Personally I think that name is a bit long, but I’m sure ESPN or Fox will come up with something by sundown tonight.
For those who missed it, 29-year-old Angels fan, Jose Cervera made his debut in the bottom of the sixth by stumbling across the outfield rocks and diving into the water multiple times.
After each dive Cervera threw his hands in the air like a proud Olympic gymnast.
His debut performance was met with a mixed reaction from the crowd, befuddled looks from the players and a rarity from Major League Baseball, as he was actually given some camera time as opposed to the usual cutaway shots or impromptu commercial breaks.
It seemed initially as though Cervera was bad luck when the Angels lost a commanding 4-0 lead soon after his performance.
By the bottom of the seventh, however, Cervera proved that he is a good luck charm of a more dramatic fashion as the Halos rallied to win 7-6.
Cervera—who shockingly was not intoxicated—was detained in Anaheim’s jail Thursday night.
He has since been released, and faces charges of trespassing, a misdemeanor.
Perhaps the Halos should look into getting this guy a uniform and traveling kiddie-pool to take this show on the road!