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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Eddie Rodriguez
Eddie Rodriguez

Cholos contribute valuable dollars to the Dodgers organization. Stop hating.

Michael Ceja
Michael Ceja

Been a Dodger fan all my life, way before Fernando. I used to go to plenty of Angles games n the 80s, it was a place to hang with my cuz and have some beers---that place was a ghost town! Now I admit that the Angles have some long time die hard fans, but the bandwagon burst at the seams after they won the title. Meanwhile the Doyers have averaged over 3million fans a year for decades. Eff the Angels, puro Doyers.

Ricardo Rivera
Ricardo Rivera

I only trash talk on the bandwagon dodger fans(that includes cholos) other than that I respect the dodgers, they were undoubtedly a legendary team because of Valenzuela and Robinson. But as an Angel fan I still maintain my rivalry and point out we've had a better record and that they were the original la team.

James C Cooks III
James C Cooks III

Dodger all day but i dont hate the Angels cause i grew up on them at the Big A!

Alberto Luna
Alberto Luna

I have been in San Francisco for 7 years & I have encountered the rabid obsession & hatred the Giants have for the Dodgers, which borders on psychotic, while in SoCal in LA particularly you don't hear much obsessive trash talk (unless they are playing each other) because for the most part we don't give a shit about them! Because it is easier to clown on the Angels I have seen the Giants games on TV & those punks are always reaching to punk us at every turn to no avail, maybe they should quit wasting their time on us & be wary of Oakland A's instead?

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

MATT WELCH IS FROM LAKEWOOD?!?!? Why didn't you let me know this before Gustavo???! ;-)

Nichole Campos
Nichole Campos

I love it! And so very true! I love baseball as a whole and woykd gladly attend a game in any city... But I am, now and will always be a Dodgers fan.. the only reason I'd ever route for another team is if Deano was in their lineup.. :) thanks for sharing Gringa Fresas

DanChmielewski
DanChmielewski

Have you ever been in Angels Stadium when they play the Dodgers? Lots of Blue fans out there.

Ricardo Carlos
Ricardo Carlos

Not just in LA, go to SD, SF even COL and AZ and youll see mostly raza Dodger fans.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

Plain and simple, that's why most of us in OC are Dodger fans. Fernando attracted us, but it was the team and it's legacy that kept us. Well, at least it's that way for me and my family. Oh, yeah, fuck the Angels!! Doyers por vida!

Fkkn Ericc
Fkkn Ericc

True.^^^ The same reason I don't see why new generations of OC residents would root for the Dodgers. Yeah they're having a good year, but does a 20 year old recall the Dodgers winning a World Series? An Angels 20 year old kid does! Plus the Angels hold the record of interleague games against the Doyers. So why not be an Angels fan OC residents?

Nick Riviera
Nick Riviera

I only partially agree with the article: I am also a Angels (because I was born and raised in Anaheim) and Dodgers (because I'm Mexican and grew up in the 80's during Fernandomania) fan but I prefer Angel stadium to Dodger stadium and there are more cholos in L.A. but I still like both teams: Go Doyers! Angel Baseball!

Juana Estrada Carlisle
Juana Estrada Carlisle

The reason we are dodgers fans and not Angels is because we grew up watching Fernando Valenzuela, in the early 80's

Tomas Romero
Tomas Romero

Best team money can buy, ese. And a proven druggie as a hitting coach. Chale Blue. At waht price glory ?

IE_ChargersFan
IE_ChargersFan

Please leave the Inland Empire out of this argument.  Lord knows what the Big A would look like if there was an IE influence to it.  Perhaps the Big A would have a red tile roof?

Joel White
Joel White

It is all bandwagoners. Same goes for NFL as well; people are hopping on the 49ers bandwagon who were former Raiders and Charger fans.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Reason #6 - Many OC Doyer fans were born in LA (à la me) or are LA transplants.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

"...at Angels Stadium, it's the worst of the IE and OC architectural sensibilities, suburbia meets Roller Coaster Tycoon."

That's so, so true.  

If the stadia were newspapers, Dodger Stadium would be the LA Times, and Angels Stadium would be the OC Register.  

Aaron Roach
Aaron Roach

My grandpa had season Angels tickets and brought me to games when I was a kid, so the Angels are my team and they have been for years through good and bad. I'll care about this silly "rivalry" when Hell freezes over and both teams make it to the Series.

John Hald
John Hald

because we are all tired of mike scioscia that frikkin bum

RocketJ
RocketJ

Reason 5 - Gus jumps on bandwagons. 4 - Gus likes to show solidarity with his chica by standing in line to pee. 3 - Scully was, not is the best, age is showing as he make more mistakes that is why now it's like 3 innings a game and only if team is on the west coast. 2 - See 1 re bandwagon pot meet kettle. 1 - As far as I know Magic is a minority (as in %) owner and basically a PR flack and McCourt is still profiting off parking lot now matter how Magic tries to spin it.

There is a legitimate reason to be a Dodger fan, because you like the team, the rest is rationalizing. No reason OC'ers can't like the Dodgers or A's or whomever they please. No reason to show loyalty to your local team just because they are local as they damn sure don't have any loyalty to their fan bases. See Brooklyn/La Dodgers, Cleveland/LA/St Louis Rams etc etc etc.  

culichi2001
culichi2001

I live minutes from the so-called Big A or whatever it is called these days. When an HR triggers cheesy fireworks, I call the local PD to shut down their second rate party. Their fanbase: IE castoffs with bad gums, OC bandwagoners who can be overheard discussing the latest sales at Fashion Island instead of watching and debating beisbol

Jose.Fonseca
Jose.Fonseca

@Joel White and they want that street cred

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Idiot! While you make absurd statements about the iconic Vin Scully, he's out "Grand Marshalling" the Rose Parade. Oh by the way, keep the Gus jabs coming. LOL!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@RocketJ Like how this pendejo has to make it about me...jealous much?

RocketJ
RocketJ

And the Rose Parade was once Grand Marshaled by Kermit the Frog, so what exactly does that prove?

RocketJ
RocketJ

@TheRefriedMexican There is no comparing Vinny now to the Vinny in the 70's or 80's. Only way he compares is if you are listening with your heart and not your ears (to turn one of his phrases). He is the best I've had the pleasure of hearing but I never heard Red Barber. I have heard from old New Yorkers that Vinny is a reasonable copy, but still just a copy of the original Red Barber. 

RocketJ
RocketJ

@GustavoArellano @RocketJ Count how many time you use I and I've in the first two paragraphs and get back to me about who made it about you.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@RocketJ And "bandwagon"? I root for the Cubs, which NO ONE wants to do.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@RocketJ @JBinOC @GustavoArellano  

I watch on TV...I think he still does the whole game for the telecasts.  Although, I was a victim of the KCAL9/Time Warner blackout.  

RocketJ
RocketJ

@GustavoArellano @RocketJ Are you somehow compelled to root for them? Cubbies have a huge following. Was actually fun to catch there games when Harry was still calling them.

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