Make no mistake about it, the Dodgers hate the Giants and the Giants hate the Dodgers – been that way since 1889 when the New York Giants of the National League beat the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (one of many names used by the Dodgers) of the American Association six games to three in the best of eleven World’s Championship Series, the predecessor to today’s World Series. The following year the Bridegrooms moved over to the National League and the already-established rivalry officially began. (Trivia Note: The Dodgers are the only team in MLB history to win consecutive championships [pennants] in two different leagues – the American Association [League] in 1889 and the National League in 1890).
Over the years the Dodgers/Giants rivalry grew to the point where it matched that of the Yankees and Red Sox (much worse if you ask any Dodgers or Giants fan) and it is as strong or stronger today than at any other time in its 123-year history. And though there have been several new rivalries that have evolved with the Dodgers in the NL West, most recently with the Arizona Diamondbacks, none will ever trump the Dodgers/Giants rivalry – not ever.
When the Giants won their first-ever World Series title as the San Francisco Giants in 2010 (it only took them 52 years), Dodger fans were livid beyond reason. Not only would they have to put up with the most obnoxious fans in all of baseball, they would now have to put up with the most obnoxious fans in all of baseball with a new sense of entitlement – and believe me, there is nothing worse than this.
Lo and behold, the Giants went and did it again in 2012, winning their second World Series title in three years, after which every Giants fan everywhere on the planet (including their bazillion new bandwagon fans) completely lost their minds and are now incapable of reciting the alphabet correctly.
But something happened during that 2012 post-season, something rather incredible and something that the Dodgers not only need to remember, they need to duplicate.
After losing the first two games of the National League Division Series to the Cincinnati Reds (at AT&T Park, no less) the Giants traveled to The Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati and won three games in a row to capture the series and advance to the 2012 NLCS – and the rest, as they say, is history. (“A-B-C-LMNOP… and sometimes Y and W”).
What the Giants accomplished in the 2012 NLDS was (as much as we hate to admit it) truly remarkable. But even more so, it is absolute proof that a team down two games to none in a post-season series actually can come back and win the series. And if the Dodgers can pull this off against the Cardinals beginning on Monday evening at Dodger Stadium in front of 56,000 Dodgers fans, just imagine what that would do to Giants fans… and that would be a beautiful thing.