The hated LA Dodgers are back in the World Series for the second year in a row. They are playing the equally hated Boston Red Sox in the Fall Classic. The question is who is the lesser of the 2 evils for Angel fans?
Watching the LA Dodgers make it to their second straight World Series has to be especially painful for many Angel fans who had to endure another tough season of sub-.500 baseball and missing the playoff for the eighth time in the last nine years. What adds insult to injury is that the Dodgers opponent bitter East Coast rival the Boston Red Sox who have knocked the Angels out of the playoffs four times in the five times the two have played in American League playoffs.
So the question I pose to you who are you rooting for Angel fans?
The Reasons for Rooting for the Boys in Blue.
1. On one hand you can take the approach of rooting for the underdogs which would definitely be the Dodgers in this case. That is what I tend to do in most situations when my team is not in the mix.
2. Another case for rooting for our So Cal rivals is the fat of keeping the championship in the state and on the West Coast.
3. The Dodgers have also never broken Angel fans hearts in the playoffs like the Red Sox have multiple times (1986 Ring a Bell?).
4. The Vin Scully factor. Whether you like or dislike the Dodgers you could never dislike retired Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully. Although he is no longer doing play-by-play for the Dodgers he is still around and it would be nice for him to see one final Dodger World Series title before he passes on (hopefully that will still be 10 years or more away, but one never knows when your past 90 years young).
5. Finally it would be nice to see a guy as classy as Justin Turner finally win a World Series. Turner is a local boy growing up in So Cal and playing at Cal State Fullerton. He plays the game the right away and is a very humble individual.
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The reasons to root for the Boys from Beantown.
1. They are not the Dodgers. Many Angel fans hate the Dodgers with a passion because they are the closest team to Anaheim and the Angels have been in their shadow for most of the 57 years they have been in existence. While Boston is a big rival of the Angels it is not the same as having your cross-town or in this case regional rival win baseball’s ultimate prize.
2. The Dodger fans are more obnoxious than the Red Sox fans. If you have ever been to a Dodger-Angel game either in LA or Anaheim you know how obnoxious many in the Dodger fan base are. This alone could make you root against the Dodgers.
3. The Dodgers have one of the most flamboyant players in baseball in Yasiel Puig. Puig has long been a loose cannon and he likes to flip his bat with gusto and parade around the field like a wild stallion (hence his nickname of the wild horse). Many Angel fans believe that Puig is the entipathy of the Dodgers and their fans and it makes you want to root against him and his team at all costs.
4. The Red Sox have former Angel coach Ron Roenicke and former player Ian Kinsler on their team. Roenicke was always a class act during his two stints with the Angels as a coach. Kinsler was also a very quality individual who played for the Angels earlier this season and he has never won a World Series so it would be nice to see him win one at age 36.
5. They are not the Dodgers. Yes, I know I have already said this, but this is a fact many Angel fans can not get over. As frustrating as it has been to see the Angels eliminated from the playoffs at the Red Sox hands four times, to see the Dodgers have success trumps everything.
So there you have it. Now it’s your turn to weigh-in with your opinion. I know the Dodgers are down two game to none after the Boston victory this evening, but I want hear your thoughts on this tale of two hated rivals.
Who is the lesser of the two evils?