I tuned into the Los Angeles Dodgers version of their game last night versus your Anaheim Angels on KABC-AM 790--only the bottom of the ninth, as the Halos failed in their comeback attempt. As each batter failed to do much, the roar of the crowd got louder and louder, prompting Dodgers broadcaster Charlie Steiner to make some remark about the Blue Crew nation and how they always travel well. But what I was hearing yesterday was full-fledged Reconquista.
This is nothing new, of course, but it got me thinking. When the Angels play the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, as they did recently, Angels fans show up in big numbers but nowhere near as large an invading crowd as what Dodgers bring to Angels Stadium. I wish both of the teams well (I'm a Cubs fan and made my peace long ago with that), but it's painful to see home teams get invaded and lose in the fan department. Angels fan are much more smug than Dodgers fans, forever hold themselves as so much more civilized than the Doyers hordes, but isn't it telling that those wabs care enough about their team to actually go and see the team in action? I know I'm rambling here, but this post is more of an excuse to see the two sides go at it; such interactions are the best back-and-forth on this blog after pedo-priest apologists and sex-abuse victims. All right, Angels fans: defend your honor!