5 Legitimate Reasons Why an Orange County Resident Would Root for the Los Angeles Dodgers

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This past August, I went to more baseball games--4--than I had attended over the past 5 years. It was split evenly between the Los Angeles Dodgers and your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim, each visit to the stadium also split between the fancy areas (the Diamond Club at Angels Stadium, the seats right next to the visitor's dugout at Dodgers Stadium) and the cheap seats (the right-field madhouse with Los Doyers, upper deck next to right field with los Serafines). And at each trip, I've been called a traitor--by Dodgers fans for supposedly favoring the Angels by going to their games, and by Angels fans for daring to go up to Los Angeles and betray our Orange County homeland.

No one believes me when I tell them I actually care for both teams. I want the Angels and Dodgers to do good, if only so I don't have to hear my friends and cousins (equally split in their followings) whine about their team and trash-talk the other. I follow both teams, and hate only individual antagonists (the McCourts in Los Angeles, the Albert Pujols/Josh Hamilton/Vernon Wells/Gary Matthews, Jr. disasters orchestrated by Angels owner Arte Moreno). So while I'm glad the Dodgers are having a great season after years of disappointments, I'm furious that the Angels are sinking due to Moreno's ineptitude after years of brilliance. And when you have a disaster like the one happening in Anaheim, you start to realize there are actual, legitimate reasons why Dodgers fans not only exist in Orange County--they might actually be increasing.

5. The Whole Winning Thing

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Nothing against you, Bobby...

Yesterday, I overheard on the Angels' television broadcast that Bobby Knoop was going to be inducted into the Angels' Hall of Fame. I remember Knoop because in 1987 (or was it 1988?), the Angels offered an awesome giveaway: a book featuring all the Topps baseball cards of every single Halos who ever donned the uniform. The Knoop name stuck with me, and as I got older, I realized what a good guy he was: three-time Gold Glove winner at second base, longtime coach, overall nice man.

Nothing against Knoop, but that the Angels induct nice guys into their Hall of Fame instead of, you know, actual Hall of Famers reflects each organization's expectations of winning. Sure, the Angels have had a better record than the Dodgers since their 2002 World Series win, with more division titles, more playoff victories, more everything--and it still doesn't begin to catch up to the winning tradition the Dodgers established upon reaching the West Coast. That legacy explains why the Dodgers historically outdrew the Angels, historically sold more merchandise, historically beat the Angels in everything. Winning begets winning--and can you blame OC residents for going with a team that expects excellence instead of one that continues to act like it accidentally falls into it every couple of years?

4. The Ballpark Experience

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Don't believe the Know Nothings who always bring up the Bryan Stow beating for not wanting to visit Dodgers Stadium; nowadays, there are muchos LAPD and security on patrol. And, as I always like to point out to said Know Nothings, there have actually been more killings at Angels Stadium (3) since 2002 than at Dodgers Stadium (1).

More on the fans in a bit--let's focus on the ballpark. Dodgers Stadium is an icon, from the palm trees to the organ player, and the experience has only gotten better with all the recent improvements. I wasn't around to experience the original Angels Stadium before it was turned into a multipurpose concrete hull for the Los Angeles Rams, and all I've known about the stadium since is what Disney glued on: tackiness, from the faux rocks in center field to the hideous helmets and bats in front of the box office to the club music before games that sounds like a stream of KIIS-FM 102.7. At Dodgers Stadium, you go to see a game; at Angels Stadium, it's the worst of the IE and OC architectural sensibilities, surburbia meets Roller Coaster Tycoon.


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103 comments
Amanda Pierce
Amanda Pierce

Gilbert Hernandez I enjoyed the comments more than the article! Lol

Jason Barquero
Jason Barquero

You obviously haven't been to dodger stadium lately. Angel stadium is now a dump. It's is falling apart on the inside. The entire building needs a huge makeover. Put up a shooting geyser in the outfield and people get all excited!! Haha!

Jason Barquero
Jason Barquero

Even worse, people grown up in LA county and root for the Angels POST '02. Biggest group of badwagon fans in MLB history

Michael Gaughan
Michael Gaughan

Even when I lived in LA County I was a Halos fan. OK, I was in Diamond Bar, not exactly right next door to Chavez Ravine...

Don Newhard
Don Newhard

Angels , but relax Doyers fans, this isn't Crips vs. Bloods. Both So Cal, different leagues. Save the smack talk for the Bay Area teams.

David Cahill
David Cahill

TV experience? Does the fact that 70% of local subscribers can't watch the games count for something. Also parking at Dodger stadium is equivalent to receiving a prostate exam, you know you have to do it but you dread it the whole time. Next time I'm at Angels stadium enjoying a beer in the outfield I will remember oh yeah can't do this at Dodger games either. Stupid bleachers

Louie Duran
Louie Duran

Angels statdium sells unstructured views. Nice deal for front row pole

Nabil Nathie
Nabil Nathie

The point is...Angels are in Anaheim. Not LA. And thats RIGHT NOW....like WHILE THEYRE CURRENTLY PLAYING. derp derp. i think you sun burned yourself silly

Louie Duran
Louie Duran

There would be no angels or giants if the dodgers didn't move here

Christine Sandoval
Christine Sandoval

Jerry Martinez, thought of you. Dont know if you've read this yet...

Christine Sandoval
Christine Sandoval

This article is great! Its about time OC'ers open their eyes. Go Dodgers!

Cody Bib
Cody Bib

Drop la outta the angels.. we don't wanna rep that shit

Joey Rodriguez
Joey Rodriguez

Let's Go ÅNAheim!!! FTD !! There's nothing worse than a doyer fan.

Daniel Wallace
Daniel Wallace

Sorry but when it comes to stadiums "The Big A" blows Chavez Ravine off the map.

Bob Bowdish
Bob Bowdish

This was written September 5, 2013 and says “I'm furious that the Angels are sinking due to Moreno's ineptitude after years of brilliance. And when you have a disaster like the one happening in Anaheim, you start to realize there are actual, legitimate reasons why Dodgers fans not only exist in Orange County--they might actually be increasing.” It’s truly sad that I have to give a newsflash to an OC Publication, but #1, it’s 2014; #2, the Angels have the second best record in baseball (both leagues) and only trail the team with the very best record by 1 game; #3, The Angels win percentage is .600, while the Dodgers is .563. Arte’s biggest mistake was giving GM Tony Reagins the benefit of the doubt after the GMJ Jr. debacle and not firing him when he signed Vernon Wells a guy with spectacular numbers so long as the game was played in Toronto, but was barely an average player when his stick was brought to Anaheim. But Arte DID finally pull the trigger on Reagins, and hired Jerry Dipoto. Despite probably the worst month of April ever played by any MLB club in history, last year’s Angels had the best record from May – September of any club. This April was almost equally as bad, but despite that early season falter, they are now 66-44, while the Dodgers are 63-49, once again, the second best record in baseball. By all accounts, Arte’s moves since the Reagins firing have yielded positive results and if a 66-44 aren’t positive results, I have to ask you “What is?” While your name says OC Weekly, this kind of stab in the back journalism by going back in history to find a story that fits your agenda tells me you are truly OC Weakly, and nothing more.

Kano Lopez
Kano Lopez

Rooting for the Dodgers all the way from Chicago!

Bobert Goodwin
Bobert Goodwin

:putnam: DUH...look up the name of the team...the LOS ANGELES ANGELS (then in small print) from anaheim... yep, they me be "from" anaheim...but they are an L.A. team according to their name...

Robert Guerrero
Robert Guerrero

The ONLY native So Cal team is the Angels. The Dodgers are from...lol...BROOKLYN.

Taylor Whitecotton
Taylor Whitecotton

The LA Angels aren't even in LA County, let alone the actual city. They're in Anaheim...which is in Orange County.

Bobert Goodwin
Bobert Goodwin

wait...what?...i mean both teams are from the same place...you got the L.A. Dodgers....and you got the Los Angeles Angels...so whats the big deal since the O/C. doesn't even have a team...

Juan Alonso
Juan Alonso

You cant even compare dodgers to the angels lol angels dont even know what county they really from hahaha there is only one LA team ;)

Tim Bromley
Tim Bromley

The article failed to address the Dodgers TV deal as a minus against them.

Tim Bromley
Tim Bromley

The only time you need to decide which team you like better is when they meet in the World Series. There hasn't been a '89 or '00 like in other cities that have two teams. For now root for the team that needs the wins in that case go Halos. And as directv subscriber I'll finally get to see the Dodgers on TV for consecutive games.

Alex Martinez
Alex Martinez

Come on the guy who wrote the article is a cubs fan... alreast get an Ångels or Dodgers fan to write the article....by the way go Ångels!!!

Joe Espinosa
Joe Espinosa

Dodgers Doyers who cares. Go Dodgers! Go Doyers!

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