go to MSN.com
Found October 26, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

A run to the World Series would not be complete without a lucky animal to share it with, and the San Francisco Giants have continued the tradition this postseason. Just when it appeared that the Giants would be sent packing by the defending champion Cardinals as they trailed 3-1 in the NLCS, a lucky monkey was born. San Francisco has not lost since.

The baby monkey — more specifically a François’s langur — was born at the San Francisco Zoo earlier this month and like other members of its species it has an orange head and a black body. An endangered species, the François’s langur is born with an orange head that will turn black like the rest of its body within three to six months. Fortunately for the city of San Francisco, that means this baby will be sporting team colors for the remainder of the series.

“Things have turned literally since she’s been born,” zoo spokesperson Abigail Tuller said, adding that the baby appears to perk up when she sees people who are sporting Giants logos.

The monkey has not yet been named, but a sign hangs in front of the San Francisco Zoo that reads “Lucky Langur lives here.” Last season, the Cardinals credited a squirrel that ran across the field (video here) during the playoffs for becoming their good luck charm. The squirrel was later featured on a baseball card and even engraved into the side of the Cardinals World Series rings. If the Giants hold on and beat the Tigers, the next animal to end up on a championship ring could very well be a monkey.

Photo credit: Marianne Hale/SF Zoo

THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES
RELIEF IN SIGHT

Will Lincecum end up in the bullpen?

Despite struggling in the regular season, the two-time Cy Young winner has done well coming out of the bullpen in the playoffs, and the Giants might be best suited keeping him there. 

Madison Bumgarner Carries Giants to 2-0 Series Lead

Last night, Madison Bumgarner finally found a groove, tossing seven scoreless innings en route to a 2-0 Giants victory. You’ll hear a lot — or, scratch that, have probably already heard a lot — about how Bumgarner didn’t have his best stuff last night, and I think that’s pretty fair to say. Despite the mechanical adjustments he made prior to the outing, his fastball didn’t...

Parking at Game 1 of World Series in San Francisco ran upwards of $130 (photo)

Anyone who attends sporting events are already well aware that the cost of parking one’s vehicle nearby the stadium is borderline ludicrous and oftentimes highway robbery. Still, as the photo above abundantly illustrates, combining a big-time event like the World Series with limited parking space in an urban area along with an early local start [...]
PERILS OF LIVE TV

Bird poops on anchor outside AT&T Park

It may somehow mean good luck to the San Francisco Giants, but Paul Robins is the one who took it for the team after a bird pooped on the local TV anchor while he and Bethany Crouch were doing a live pre-World Series broadcast outside AT&T Park Thursday. Yes — and Robins is his real name. The Sacramento-based KTXL morning show anchor took a direct hit to his shoulder from...

Xavier Nady is two wins away from a World Series ring

Nothing says "Fall Classic" like a Xavier Nady sighting prior to World Series Game 2. Pic above via @JohnJDevine. Seems like only yesterday Nady was a member of the Goon Squad and inspiration for ridiculous photoshops. Not that he didn't have his moments of personal glory with the Nationals, like that shaving cream pie to the face from Mike Morse after his 100th career...

Panda has memorable night in Game 1

Pablo Sandoval won a World Series ring in 2010, but not the way he wanted to. That was the year his weight ballooned while his playing time shrank. He appeared in only one game of that Fall Classic against the Texas Rangers -- and went 0-for-3. After Tuesday, he's no longer looking for his first World Series hit. An overweight afterthought in 2010, Sandoval needed only one...

Could a François’s langur monkey be the key to the San Francisco Giants success?

Good luck charms and the World Series seems to be connected. Last season the Cardinals had a squirrel that randomly ran across the field, the San Francisco Giants seem to have a acquired a baby monkey. The Giants were behind to the Cardinals 3-1  in the NLCS, when the monkey, a François’s langur was born at [...]

Pablo Sandoval: Good at hitting balls out of the ballpark — in the postseason (video)

After hitting only 12 home runs during the regular season, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval belted out three round-trippers — in his first three at-bats (with the first two coming off Justin Verlander) — Wednesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers, finishing the game 4-4. Saying, “Man, [...]

Column: Big ball, small ball, Giants have it all

The bunt just wouldn't go foul, despite the best efforts of the Detroit players who gathered around it and tried to will it across the chalk down the third base line. It couldn't go foul, because that might have ruined the whole aura the San Francisco Giants spent two games creating on their way toward taking command of this World Series. Gregor Blanco thought he had pulled...

Fister, Bumgarner engage in pitching duel: Giants defeat Tigers to take a two game lead in World Series

San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner was looking for a turn- around performance after getting lit up for six runs against the St. Louis Cardinals 12 days ago. He got that, and he came up big. Bumgarner went seven strong innings of 2- hit ball, while striking out eight Tigers batters and holding them scoreless. Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher Doug Fister continued his postseason...

Tigers head home in 0-2 World Series hole

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder after a key bunt stopped just fair along the third-base line and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 World Series lead. Bumgarner, who lost both his starts in the NL playoffs, struck...

Zooey Deschanel to sing the national anthem in Detroit tomorrow; Zooey is a Giants fan

Detroit, MI - FOX' New Girl, Zooey Deschanel, will sing the Star-Spangled Banner before game 3 of the World Series tonight at Detroit's Comerica Park. Zooey is a San Francisco Giants fan...When... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com

2012 World Series: Did Detroit Tigers Blow Must Win Chance With Game 1 Loss to San Francisco Giants?

The 2012 World Series is one game in, and it was not the start that the Detroit Tigers were expecting against the San Francisco Giants. Sending Justin Verlander to the mound is almost always a must win scenario for the Tigers, especially in a postseason series. Having him go up against Barry Zito seemed to make things even more attractive, as Zito hasn’t really been all that playoff...
Giants News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

WATCH: Andrelton Simmons' bare hand catch and throw

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons has quickly rocketed to the top of defensive shortstops in only his second full season in the majors. And it’s not that he specializes in dives or plays to the hole, he does it all. Check out this amazing play from Monday’s afternoon tilt as he uses his bare hand to snag a tricky one-hop off the bat of San Diego Padres speedster Will Venable...
Via Reading Between The Seams
1 hour ago

Michael Jordan is 'cool' with Lebron wearing 23

Since Lebron James decided to wear the #23 this coming season I know there's only one thing on your mind: Is Michael Jordan cool with that. You passed on attending your best friend's wedding, opted against cashing in a free blimp ride voucher, and refused to respond to the concerned texts, calls and emails from your family because you couldn't possibly continue life before...
Via Celtics Life
2 hours ago

Report: Colts running back Chris Rainey cut after rules violation

Although no details are provided, what we do know is that Indianapolis Colts running back Chris Rainey, thought to have moved up on the depth chart following Vick Ballard's season-ending Achilles tendon injury, has been released following some sort of off-field incident. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Rainey violated team rules and was released today as a result.  The...
Via 60 Max Power O
5 hours ago

Jets’ Calvin Pace: ‘We’re the best’ defense in the NFL

They say confidence is contagious. For the New York Jets, it might be an epidemic. If you haven't kept up with Gang Green, here's a quick refresher: Rex Ryan affirmed he's a great coach; Geno Smith said he expects to be a top-five quarterback; Dee Milliner dubbed himself the league's best cornerback. And that was just in the last week. Not to be outdone, linebacker...
Via Helmet2Helmet
3 hours ago

Yankees fan returns lost Red Sox World Series ring to owner

Some Boston Red Sox fans might actually be convinced that there is such a thing as a good Yankees fan after a supporter of the Bronx Bombers recovered and returned a lost 2013 World Series ring to Lowell Spinners owner Drew Weber. Weber, who was dining at Luke’s Bar and Grill in Manhattan on Thursday night, left his ring in the bathroom of the restaurant where it was recovered...
Via NESN.com
6 hours ago

Report: Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell for light punishment

Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for his involvement in a domestic violence incident with his wife Janay Palmer at a casino over the winter. Given that the public was shown a video of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator and police reportedly had […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 hours ago

Report: Love may not choose to opt into contract with Cavs

While many continue to debate the merits of players involved in a deal for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, the great unknown continues to be how long Love would call Cleveland home. There are rumors that he’s demanding a trade to Cleveland and wants to play alongside LeBron James; Cleveland would be the only place he would commit to in the way of a long-term deal, starting...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 hours ago

Report: Astros players irked by special treatment of prospect

Top Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel has been fast tracked in the minors since being selected No. 1 overall in the 2013 MLB draft. The 24-year-old righty was just promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi despite putting up a 9.74 ERA in high Single-A ball.  That may or may not be the issue that some current Astros have with the way Houston is treating Appel at this point. The youngster...
Via Sportsnaut
11 hours ago

Joe Torre: I 'feel terrible' for forgetting to thank Steinbrenner

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre admitted he screwed up during his 28-minute Hall of Fame induction speech, because he failed to thank former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. “I missed thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you’re talking about the Yankees,” a visibly shaken Torre told the New York Daily News. “I mentioned George, but my plan was to thank...
Via Intrigue Sports
17 hours ago

Jeff Gordon wins record fifth Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captured his record 5th victory at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Via Gamedayr
23 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.