Two teams that just don’t like each other. Ever since high school, there has always been one team you really wanted to beat more than anyone else, one game that gets circled on the schedule. The Giants and Dodgers have been that way for 100 years, hated cross town rivals that bring something special to every match up.
I watched my first World Series in 1959, the Dodgers beating the White Sox. The 60s brought SF to the mountain top in ’62, but little Bobby Richardson came up big enough to derail that one. In the ensuing years since both teams came to California there have been countless heroes and villains on both sides. Feel free to call up some of your favorites, or those you most loved to hate.
2012 is shaping up to be a another classic. The Giants inflicted an epic beatdown of historic proportion in the Shutout Series when LA made it’s first trip into ATT. You know they are primed for a payback. Here’s Matt Kemp: “I feel like we’re a better team.” And, from Buster Posey: “We definitely have the ballclub that can win.”
Ned Colletti—is he still paying Jason Schmidt, or Manny, Juan Pierre or Andruw Jones?–is sure to be a player in the FA market, for bigger fish than such as Placido Polanco or Ty Wigginton as we have discussed here. Dodgers name comes up continually on MLBTR site. As is I’m positive Giants are the better team, so LA has to do something to back up Magic’s bluster. Unfortunately, missing out on Carlos Lee might have been good for them.
I will say this about Juan Uribe, While that uni looks horrible on him and he appears near done, I’d rather have a guy with his flair for the dramatic on my side. Especially at the end of a season, when unlikely heroes tend to emerge and come up big. Giants/Dodgers…just doesn’t get any better than this, and knocking them out the box would sure be sweet. And then maybe another crack at those Yankees…..