"It's kind of like Mets-Yankees," Mattingly told ESPN Los Angeles. "The Yankees are the team. (The Mets) are going to have their years when they play well, but the Yankees are still the team. I don't want to badmouth the Angels at all. Mr. (Angels owner Arte) Moreno has done a great job down there in Anaheim, and (Angels manager) Mike (Scioscia) does a great job. But we're the Dodgers, and that isn't going to change."
Mattingly himself played his entire career as a member of the New York Yankees, and served as an assistant coach for the team under manager Joe Torre.