So, any hope of an October Freeway Series was shot down, tonight. The Angels, who are apparently countering Curt Schilling’s bloody sock with “the bloody ass” every October, went down in flames again to the Red Sox, ending their first 100 win season in disappointment. Now I know… what does this have to do with the Dodgers?
Well, besides the fact that I always enjoy a little schadenfreude for the little guys down south on the 5, I hope that this series, in addition to the Dodgers success in the NLDS, will finally put to rest the ridiculous arguments about how the Angels have “taken the Dodger way” and how they’re what we used to be. How the Dodgers need to aspire to their greatness, how Mike Scioscia just wills his team to victory while helping little old ladies cross the street and then buying them a TV set from Howards, blah, blah, freaking blah. Now you might ask: why do I care? Shouldn’t I be focused on how great our team has been lately… making the NLCS, firing on all cylinders, only 4 wins away from the World Series? And I am! But when you live in Southern California and deal not only with some of their fans (some of whom are family members… or used to be…), but the columnists so often, it becomes quite maddening to deal with. So consider this food for thought for the Dodger fan who will have to encounter the Angel fan soon:
Postseason appearances: 4 (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)
Series victories: 1 (2005 ALDS)
Overall postseason record: 5-15
Postseason appearances: 3 (2004, 2006, 2008)
Series victories: 1 (2008 NLDS)
Overall postseason record: 4-6
This isn’t to say that I’m proud of that record, but can we finally see the Angels for what they are? A (very) good but flawed team, who are perennial chokers once October hits. Can this FINALLY be the end to these stupid “Angels = Good, Dodgers = Bad” arguments?! PLEASE?!
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.