LOS ANGELES -- "Whatever, man." That's usually what comes to mind when most in Los Angeles think of Anaheim. As in, "Did you hear the Angels are playing the Red Sox in the ALDS?"
"Whatever, man. The Dodgers are in the playoffs."
Hard as it might have been to believe at almost any point during the season, it is the 84-win Dodgers and not the 100-win Angels who are
Even USC football coach
The Angels' name may come from Los Angeles, the team's original home from 1961 to '65, but they've always been second-class citizens to the Dodgers. It began when they shared Dodger Stadium, famously referring to the blue and white ballpark as "Chavez Ravine," to the moment they packed their bags and moved 30 miles south to Anaheim, a Mickey Mouse town in more ways than one, filled with tourists and conventioneers.
While the Angels, managed by former Dodgers catcher
On Monday, a few hours before the Angels were to face the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS, the
"Are you telling me that we actually put the Angels out front?" asked Simers. "It must have been a mistake. What's happening? One of our editors maybe moved to Orange County. It's a Dodger town. I'm sorry. That's just the way it is. The Lakers will be out front in some cases and they're not even playing regular-season games yet. Hats off to the Angels, but they're just not L.A.'s team."
He's right, they're not. The Angels may have experienced some success in recent years, but prior to 2002 they had only been to the post-season three times. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have made it to 15 postseasons and won five World Series titles during their 50 years in Los Angeles.
"You have to remember people in this town grew up passing the Dodgers from one generation to the next," said Simers. "This is L.A., this is not Orange County. This is about folks who grew supporting one team as a kid and they are loyal to the Dodgers. The Angels are something that happens down south. No one is upset about the Angels. They're just the Angels. No one thinks about them."
The apathy toward the Angels spread into the Dodgers clubhouse, as many players admitted they hadn't been following the Angels and didn't really care how far they got in the postseason. "We're not really worried about the Angels, we never have been," said
"The only Angels are up in heaven," said Lasorda. "And they're all ex-Dodgers."