As a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan, I have a deep distain for that team in a particular shade of blue.
My list of hated Dodgers are not the Koufax’s or the Garvey’s (before my time) but has the Hershiser’s, the Sheffield’s, the Gagne’s, and for that brief burned moment of Steve Finley. Even when Hershiser became a Giant, I couldn’t accept him. He was a Dodger.
Public Enemy No. 1: Tommy Lasorda. How dare you disrespect the Phanatic!
The Giants reached the postseason this season by sweeping the Dodgers with the signature moments being Ty Blach going eight shutout innings and Angel Pagan planting one in the left field seats off Clayton Kershaw.
While there was a deep satisfaction with seeing it happen against the Dodgers, I hope that it is a precursor to something that baseball has never seen.
Giants vs. Dodgers. Seven games. Winner goes to the World Series.
I have long thought the only differences between Red Sox-Yankees and Giants-Dodgers are location and the playoffs. The hatred is there. The rivalry survived a move across the country. There are plenty of great moments.
What has defined these teams is keeping the other out of the postseason. Bobby Thompson, Brian Johnson, Joe Morgan, the aformentioned Steve Finley, 1993’s Game 162, etc., etc.
You realize the Giants and Dodgers have only been in the postseason at the same time twice and that both times have come in the past three years?
The only thing that would make me happier than seeing the Dodgers be eliminated from the postseason is to see my Giants be the team to do it. A lot has to fall in place for it to happen but it seems only fitting that in Vin Scully’s final season on the mic that he gets to see his boyhood team (the Giants) play against the team he became synonymous with.
SIDE NOTE: As a baseball fan, I feel privileged to have had Vin Scully’s last game be in San Francisco and to be able to listen to him call Giants-Dodgers one last time.
Can you imagine how raucous both parks would be? Can you imagine Kershaw-Bumgarner in the postseason, a matchup of the best regular season pitcher of his era and the best postseason pitcher of his era?
The Giants have been in some intense postseason situations over the past six years. The Royals were a helluva test. The Cardinals were always tough. But none come close to the visceral reaction to seeing that L.A. insignia.
The way these teams have battled through the season has been miraculous. The Dodgers had their pitching staff decimated by injuries. The Giants had a horrific bullpen all season and it nearly cost them a spot. But here they are, in the postseason together. They have never met in a postseason series but if you heard the story of both teams, neither should be where they are. Neither will be favored in the Division Series (assuming the Giants advance).
To borrow from Mr. Scully, “In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened.”
Let the impossible happen again. Giants-Dodgers. For the pennant.