Archive for Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Spiezio shows true colors

First baseman dyes hair, goatee red

October 23, 2002

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— Scott Spiezio is willing to dye for the Angels.

The player with streaks of red in his hair and goatee helped paint this ol' town Angel red Tuesday night, getting the biggest hit as Anaheim burst to an 8-1 lead and silenced all those Giants fans in orange and black.

Spiezio's two-run triple to the deepest part of the ballpark put the Angels firmly in control in a four-run third inning. He singled home another run in the fourth as the Angels went on to a 10-4 victory and a 2-1 World Series lead.

Just like his father, former major league Ed Spiezio, taught him from the time he was 3 years old.

"He's basically been preparing me my whole life for this moment," Scott Spiezio said. "He pitched me batting practice. We'd always end in with a situation where I was in the World Series."

These days, he's making noise with his bat, not his band.

A heavy metal rocker, Spiezio is quick with a joke and with his stroke.

"My mom keeps saying, 'I can't believe you're in the World Series.' I said, 'Why not? Dad was in three,"' Spiezio said last week. "She said, 'But you're playing."'

Ed Spiezio, a backup for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960s, went 1-for-2 lifetime in Series play. His son is already 4-for-11 with five RBIs after batting .375 with 11 RBIs in the AL playoffs. He's three RBIs short of the postseason record for RBIs, set by Cleveland's Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1997.

"Right now, I'm just focused on winning the next game. After this whole thing is done and we're winners, then I'll think about it," Spiezio said.

Mo Vaughn's replacement at first base, Spiezio is the only free agent signee on the Angels' postseason roster. He set career highs this year with a .285 average and 82 RBIs and hit 12 homers. He made just three errors 15 fewer than the bulky Vaughn's total for the New York Mets.

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