Don Mattingly Says Angels are Mets to Dodgers' Yankees

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In search of nostril.
Moments before the first full-squad workout of spring training and the launch of another disappointing season for the hapless Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly created some poster board material today by comparing his team to the New York Yankees and the Angels to the New York Mets.

In other words, the Dogs own Southern California baseball, and your Halos are second-class citizens, according to "Donnie Baseball," who is often the dullest tool in the field-house shed.

"It's kind of like Mets-Yankees," Mattingly said from Glendale, Arizona (via ESPN). "The Yankees are the team. (The Mets) are going to have their years when they play well, but the Yankees are still the team. I don't want to badmouth the Angels at all. Mr. (Arte) Moreno has done a great job down there in Anaheim, and Mike (Scioscia) does a great job. But we're the Dodgers, and that isn't going to change."

Go on.

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Donnie Baseball loves seeing this.
"We're still going to need to play good baseball. But at the end of the day, if we do things right, worry about ourselves and take care of business, we don't need to worry about what another team is doing. I don't mean this as a negative, because (the Angels) have done a tremendous job down there. But at the end of the day, the Dodgers are still the Dodgers."

Okay, we'll give Mattingly this: the Dodgers are still the Dodgers of unfulfilled expectations. They are the Dodgers who play to thugs who nearly kill Giants fans just trying to leave Chavez Ravine. They are the Dodgers who will likely allow the best play-by-play man in history to expire before they make it to another World Series.

It doesn't take a former solid hitting hayseed in pinstripes to see that the Angels will likely make it to the Fall Classic before the Doyers do.

Yes, the Angels were once owned by Disney, but the Dodgers were owned by Rupert Murdoch, fer chrissakes. And don't get me started on that parking attendant douche, or whatever T.J. Simers calls him.

As for the Dodgers being the Yankees, would that be the Bronx Bomb-outs of 1912, 1966 or the disappointing 1982-95 teams that composed the so-called "Mattingly Era"? Maybe the Dodger skipper recognizes more looming mediocrity in the "Kemp Era." Or "The Hit Man" could be referring to the 2002 Yanks that led the American League with a 103-58 record--only to lose in four games to the eventual World Series winner, your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim.

There  is one thing Mattingly appreciates about the Halos: the Rally Monkey, which he finds "funny."

"I try to tell guys they should like the rally monkey because when the rally monkey comes out, it means you have the lead. You're not behind. So I like when he comes out."

Not too much chance of that these days, Donnie Baseball.

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Props to Donnie Baseball for telling it like it is. Sorry Angel fans (you too Matt Choker) but despite the nightmarish reign of Frank McCourt's ownership, the Dodgers continue to be the leading act in So Cal, while the Angels will continue to play the supporting role. In spite  of McCourt's hapless, frugal & fraudulent 8 year tenure, the Dodgers still made the play-offs 4 of these last 8 years (50% of the time). Oh I'm not done. Since joining the American League in 1961 the Angels have outdrawn the Dodgers in attendance only once! Even in their down years it's not unusual for the Dodgers to draw over 3 million. No bandwagon fans here unlike Angel fans. How about merchandise sales? Despite the Dodgers disappointing season last year, they ranked 3rd in merchandise sales behind only the Yankees and Red Sox. The "Ha-lows" weren't even in the top 10. Oh and about the unfortunate beating of Bryan Stow. Sorry but that's not exclusive to Dodger Stadium (YouTube any stadium with brawl and you'll see tons of examples). Matt Choker did you already forget opening day 2009 when Buena Park resident Brian Powers was beaten to death at Anaheim Stadium by 2 fans? I could go on but I think I made my point. Go Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles!

Kwelch29
Kwelch29

There is still a team up in smog land?  I didn't know that.

Dodgergrl2003
Dodgergrl2003

Love my Dodgers but he really needs to keep his mouth shut until the team can back up all his *hit talking..

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James Denton
James Denton

That's cute Don. Let us know when you guys have a serious chance in the play-offs and we'll continue this conversation.

909Jeff
909Jeff

HA! 

Tell Mattingly to call when they get a decent owner and field a winning squad where guys want to actually play... 

Streets
Streets

You forgot the rat-invested stadium with the magnificent view of the freeway!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Dont forget an off duty cop also shot two dudes in parking lot at Angels stadium! 

James Denton
James Denton

Tell me, are those 3 million fans for the full nine innings or just the 3-6 crowd?

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

I couldn't disagree with you more. I love the smack talk. Maybe it will inspire the team to over-achieve

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Whats cute is that the rally monkey is the exact same one found on the back of Spanky's t-shirts

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

The ownership is lamentable but I put the blame squarely on "Dud" Selig who approved this disgrace known as Frank McCheap

Streets
Streets

That would be a drunk off-duty cop......

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

No one's cut me off heading to the exits after the 6th since!

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

James me being a baseball fan I can tell you I attend about a dozen games at Dodgers Stadium and maybe half a dozen at Angels Stadium. Just like Dodgers Stadium where they show up late and leave early they do the exact same thing at Angels Stadium. It's a phenomenon that plagues all Southern California sports franchises.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I can blame Selig for many things... Wasn't he supposed to be a temporary commissioner? 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Thats funny because as I recall it the cop was attacked... Identified himself as a cop... Attacked again.  Called 911 and then was forced to take matters into his own hands. One of the guys died about a year after from complications because he suffered a spinal cord injury... And the of duty LAPD officer  was cleared of any wrongdoing... 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Wow... Hey we are having a fun conversation here so go be typical Doyer fan elsewhere! 

Streets
Streets

Yes you can!  A beutiful tree filled park where one can BBQ and drink beer, and use restrooms, not piss on the ground like Angel fans do.  It's just below the parking lot on Stadium way.  Not the parking lot meat-head!

909Jeff
909Jeff

But can you tailgate at Chavez Ravine? 

I mean c'mon! lets talk about whats important! 

909Jeff
909Jeff

HA! I diverted to the point that Bud Selig is a shitty comish 

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

I remember. I'm not sure how this point plays into the Dodgers/Angels argument LOL but yeah I remember.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Exactly! 

If you remember back... 10 or so years ago the league was contemplating retraction.  They wanted to get rid of two teams.  I remember the twins were mentioned and I think the  Blue Jays but don't quote me on that one... Anyways people were screaming from the trees that the Brewers were way less profitable than the Twins but because Buds daughter owned the Brewers (Which defacto Bud still owned the Brewers) he wouldn't even consider it... That for me is when he lost all credibility... And shortly after that the Twins made it to the ALCS against the Angels!

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

He was but since he was a former owner himself. He naturally leaned towards the owners when dealing with the players. So seeing they had a puppet in the commisioners office, the owners decided to keep him.

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