For the most part, baseball has been very good to us in Southern California. Next week, it gets better.
How often do we get an up-close-and-personal, head-to-head look at the locals, when both are contenders? And in August?
The last time they both reached the playoffs was 2009. The Dodgers' bowed out in five games in the
So much has happened in Chavez Ravine and so little in Anaheim.
New Dodgers owners with pots of gold and visions of grandeur sent
Manny stopped being Manny and became a poster boy for pathos.
Oh yes, this Scully guy said recently he will return to the broadcast booth for yet another season. Sources say he is returning because he feels he is starting to get the hang of the job.
New General Manager Jerry Dipoto seems to have finally gathered a bullpen that throws strikes, not kerosene. And Arte Moreno is playing usual owner games with the locals about stadium improvements, or land gifts to build shops and restaurants and help finance the improvements the Angels say they need at the Big A.
There appears to be a need for new rocks in center field, but other than that, the Big A looks fine. But then, we forget that what was once a baseball stadium for owners is now not so much brick and mortar as leverage.
Oh yes, and in Anaheim they also have this kid named
This is a real Freeway Series. That thing they hold at the end of
It is August. This matters. If you are one of those fans who never watches an NBA game until the last five minutes, it is your time.
A four-game sweep can be a World Series springboard to one team and the door to a depressing winter for the other. It's don't-miss drama,
This all happens way past the bedtimes of all those people in the East. We get this all to ourselves.
If you can't go, watch on TV.
We almost forgot. The
There has been much written about this and it all seems simple. The Dodgers are at fault. They are the bad guys. They need to fix it.
The cable companies are corporations. They are wired to make money. Nothing else. They prattle on about customer service, but they only do so as another means to enhance profit. Their mission is their bank account. Period. Hoping for their compassion is silly.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, bought a community treasure, a community trust. That brings a higher, more subtle and significant calling than merely making a profit.
They bought memories of Koufax and Drysdale. They bought Duke Snider hitting one out and Maury Wills stealing home. They bought Wally Moon and the big screen in the Coliseum and Tommy Lasorda telling us what he really thought about Dave Kingman's performance.
For the Dodgers to couch it any other way — as strictly business, as a problem just between the cable companies — is a shameful ducking of the civic responsibility that came with the signatures on the purchase contract.
The good news is that fans of both teams can, indeed, see every minute of these important four games. Just watch the Angels telecasts. And if you are a Dodgers fan and feeling disloyal, pipe in Vinny's voice from the radio.
Maybe the Angels telecasts on Fox will draw such good ratings it will embarrass the Dodgers into acting. Better yet, maybe they will come to grips with how big, and rare, next week's Freeway Series is and get it fixed before that. For the fans.