"The angel in the outfield," Del Rio said Monday, via the Mercury News. "I mean, it moved. You know?" Del Rio said. "I don't know if it hit a wire or an angel in the outfield moved it, a gust of wind. I don't know. It moved."
As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted, the NFL ruled out the possibility that the ball hit a camera wire, leaving the wind -- or Angels -- as the main culprit.
Born in 1963, Del Rio is a little too young for the original Angels In the Outfield starring Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh, which means he enjoyed the star-studded 1994 remake featuring Tony Danza, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Danny Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Matthew McConaughey and Adrien Brody. On a summer edition of the Around The NFL podcast, I listed it as one of the most underrated movies of our time.
For those unaware of the plot line, a young Gordon-Levitt (Roger Bomman) is told sarcastically by his estranged dad that the family can be together if the last-place Angels win the pennant. Gordon-Levitt prays and summons real-life angels who swoop in during games to alter the outcome -- antics that include changing the course of ground balls and pitches.
Save for Thursday's loss to the Chiefs, Del Rio has been on a roll all season so maybe he's far more familiar with the Angels plot line than we originally would have suspected. Fortunately, as Lloyd's character in the movie states: angels do not interfere in the postseason, so Amari Cooper and Carr won't have any more errant passes to worry about come January.