Rally Monkey's creator to sell World Series ring
The Times reported this week that former Los Angeles Dodger Kirk Gibson is auctioning off the bat he used to hit his historic homer in the 1988 World Series –- along with his jersey, helmet and World Series trophy.
And now comes news from CNBC that Robert Castillo, the former Angels production manager who created the Rally Monkey, is selling his World Series ring, valued at $19,000.
The Rally Monkey didn't officially get any "saves" on the scorecards, but he did achieve some prominence during the 2002 season when the Angels won the World Series. He even starred in his own commercial on ESPN.
Castillo told CNBC that he was laid off in 2007 and that the ring is "the only item I own of value."
"I'm just another statistic now," Castillo told CNBC. "But when people walk into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and see a stuffed Rally Monkey doll in the case honoring the Angels championship, they will see that I truly left my mark in this world."
-- Kimi Yoshino
Photo: The Rally Monkey is a huge hit among Angels fans. Credit: Geraldine Wilkins/Los Angeles Times