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Rally monkey

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on February 25, 2004

In Reply to: Rally monkey posted by ESC on February 25, 2004

: I thought this was an interesting term.

: RALLY MONKEY - Ben Chandler (grandson of the late Albert "Happy" Chandler, Kentucky governor, U.S. senator, and baseball commissioner) lost the race for governor to Ernie Fletcher, a Congressman. Chandler ran for the office Fletcher left vacant. Today's paper says: "If the boisterous swearing-in was any measure, Chandler already enjoys special status among his Democratic colleagues. 'Ben could almost be a rally monkey for the Democrats,' said Morris Reid, a Washington Democratic strategist and former Clinton administration official. 'He could run around the country and say, 'If I could do it in Kentucky, you can do it wherever else.'" From "With pomp, Chandler is sworn in/ Democrats greet House freshman as conqueror" by James R. Carroll, The Courier Journal, Louisville, Ky., February 25, 2004. Online at

For those unfamiliar with (North American) Major League Baseball, the Rally Monkey originated with the Anaheim Angels baseball team in the middle of the 2000 season. He became a popular mascot, and gained worldwide fame and recognition when the Angels won the World Series in 2002. I couldn't find anything on the official Angels website about his origin, but I dug up this from a Toronto sports site:

"He was born by accident on June 6, 2000 at Edison Field during a game against the Giants. When the Angels trailed by six runs in the sixth inning, the video board operators showed a clip of a monkey jumping up and down with the words "Rally Monkey."

The Angels rallied to win the game, fans went nuts and the Rally Monkey became a regular visitor to Edison Field. "