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This Date in Angels Postseason History: October 27

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Cue Freddy Mercury. We Are The Champions.

Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

On October 27, 2002, the San Francisco Giants played a Sunday evening game against the Angels in what was once Anaheim Stadium (where the Giants played the Angels in a preseason opener as the first ever game at the stadium on April 9, 1966). it was called Edison International Field of Anaheim then and is now Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Garret Anderson hit a bases loaded double in the 4-1 victory. John Lackey pitched six strong innings of one-run ball and with the tying run on deck n the top of the ninth, Troy Percival got a Kenny Lofton to hit a flyball to Darin Erstad for the third out of the inning, the 27th out of the game, the save, the victory, the elimination of the Giants and therefore... the World Championship.

It is more an emotion than a thought and words pale in the epic expansion of every fan's universe when this happens, but if there are words to describe it, they are words we already knew and were just waiting to sing...

Take it away, Freddy....

I've paid my dues, time after time.
I've done my sentence, but committed no crime.
And bad mistakes, I've made a few...
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I've come through

WE are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting, 'til the end!
We are the champions, we are the champions!
No time for losers, 'cause we are the champions of the world.

I've taken my bows, and my curtain calls.
You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, I thank you all.
But it's been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise,
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race, and I ain't gonna lose.

WE are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting, 'til the end!
We are the champions, we are the champions!
No time for losers, 'cause we are the champions of the world.