5 Reasons Why OC Residents Shouldn't Root for the LA Dodgers!
When I heard Gustavo was prepping his apologia for OC residents who pledge their undying allegiance to the Los Angeles Dodgers, I told him the undertaking was utter blasphemy! Hell, I created the 'Lives in Anaheim, Roots for the Dodgers' meme used in his post a long time ago, baffled by the phenomenon. To his credit, the Mexican-in-Chief offered his five best reasons last week from the perspective of caring about both the Dodgers and the Angels. There's really only one response: We're not LA!
Now I can't claim coming from the same perspective. I'm an Angels lifer and so is my family as we have suffered through many seasons of futility and brief moments of promise.
There's so many to recount: Dennis Eckersley of the Oakland Athletics closing down the Angels for yet another loss back in my youthful days at the Big A. My big bro's crushed hopes when our hometown team was one strike away from the 1986 World Series before Dave Henderson walloped a Donnie Moore pitch into the left field seats. A decade later, Mark Langston blew it in the 7th inning against the Seattle Mariners in a one-game playoff in 1995 as I mournfully watched on television. The Angels held a late 13-game lead in the standings against them before blowing that too. Suffering builds character and good things come to those who wait...so they say.
The year 2002 seemed like another ho-hum season in the works before the Angels took the San Francisco Giants in game 7 of the World Series that October. My brother met his future wife there at our tailgate party (a story I think I recounted in my drunken Best Man speech at the wedding that got at least one loud 'Angels!' chant from the room) and we all celebrated on State College Boulevard deep into the night.
Now who in their right mind would be from OC and root for the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose homegrown fans probably don't want your ass anyway?
5. The Whole Winning Thing
Memorabilia from this century
Yes, the Dodgers are the more-storied franchise. Hang on to that hobbled homer by Kirk Gibson in 1988, though, because that's as good as it's been for a long, long time. As an Angels fan, I've actually had the pleasure of celebrating a World Series championship...this century. Since then, our squad has been more dominant (let's conveniently forget this season) so why would OC defections be in order? Get with the team of the 21st century or risk becoming a caricature of Uncle Rico from Napolean Dynamite, always living in glory days past.
4. The Ballpark Experience
What more needs to be said about Dodgers Stadium other than its history of being built atop a demolished Mexi community? I can't really tell you about the place now as I've never been there...ever! As a kid, my parents took me to Angels games and I can remember the drab hallways painted with Rams football players back then. The stadium's definitely got a nicer look these days and what's so bad about the artificial rock fountains? During game 5 of the 2009 ALCS playoffs against the hated Yankees, they served as a prop for one of the great moments in Angel fan history. Jose Cervera decided to take a dive in the pools to the eruption of applause in the stadium and laughter throughout the nationally televised audience. Better yet, he was 100% sober, which is more than I can say for my crew who bought $5 cheap seat tickets back in the slim years, ate sunflower seeds while standing all game long in the Nestle Zone boozed up and rowdy! Plus, the geyser shoots water after every Halo homer and stuff...