It's the offseason, so I don't have a lot to write about. Naturally, I gravitate toward what most Giants fans like to write about when they don't have games to talk about: Why we are better than the Dodgers. So, here are my reasons why if you are a Giants fan you should be proud. If you are a Dodgers fan, you should probably just check out.
I. The Giants Have Beaten the Dodgers More Times Than the Dodgers Have Beaten the Giants.
Over the course of their entire history, the Giants have beaten the Dodgers 1160 times, whereas the Dodgers have beaten the Giants 1139 times. When asking which team is better, there is no better measure than who has won more head to head contests. And the winner of that, ladies and gentleman, is the Giants. Ask Dodger fans they will probably respond with something asinine like "Well, the Dodgers have beaten the Giants more times since the move to California." That's swell! You can carve up history however you want ("Hey, the fact of the matter is, the Giants beat the Dodgers more times this past weekend. So they must be better, right?"), but the fact of the matter is, the Giants won more times. Period. There is no denying it. Sorry.
When confronted with this statistic, most Dodgers fans respond with touting the five World Series rings they have won since moving to California, whereas the Giants have yet to win one. That's fine. The Giants have still won five World Series championships over their history. We only have to win one more to tie it all up. And considered the Giants have been to the World Series twice since the Dodgers last appeared there (and the fact that the Dodgers seem to be NLCS challenged as of late), I would say it is quite possible that the Giants will win a WS before the Dodger win their next one.
II. AT&T Park Is Vastly Superior to Dodger Stadium.
This one just seems unfair. No one in their right mind would say Dodger Stadium is nicer than AT&T Park (Dodgers fans would, but no one in their right mind would be a Dodger fan to begin with). Dodger Stadium rests over the giant parking lot that smells of urine. On a hot day, the pungent smells of filth radiate off the asphalt, making Dodger Stadium one of the most unpleasant places to be in professional sports. Contrast that with AT&T Park: a shimmering example of American architectural achievement, AT&T Park rests over the beautiful San Francisco Bay, with stunning views of East Bay. There is little nicer than sitting at AT&T on a Saturday afternoon watching the Giants.
But don't take my word for. I am obviously biased. When rating all MLB ballparks, Forbes magazine placed Dodger Stadium at number 20 while AT&T claimed the top spot. Dodger Stadium may have history, but that's about it.
Have some garlic fries, Dodger fans. That will turn those frowns upside down.
III. Juan Marichal Beat the Crap out of A Dodger.
I don't normally condone violence. But this one is just too good. On 22 August 1965 the Dodgers were playing the Giants at Candlestick Park. Giants Pitcher Juan Marichal had thrown two balls near the head of Dodgers' outfielder Maury Willis. When it was Marichal's turn to bat, Dodgers' catcher Johnny Rosboro returned throws too close to Marichal's head, with one ball in fact grazing the Giants' ace's ear.
Well, Juan Marichal doesn't take shit. Especially shit from a blueberry.
Juan turned around and beat the living hell out of Rosboro with his bat. Rosboro apparently took off his helmet to argue with Marichal. Marichal responded by whacking the blueberry several times right across his empty dome.
The incident resulted in Marichal's suspension. But it was well worth it. Dodger fans still hate Juan Marichal for the incident. For us Giants fans, however, it is a reminder of how you don't screw with the Gents and walk away from it.
Dodger fans remain angry to this day because, despite all their claims to toughness, a Dodger has never come close to getting the up on a Giant like what happened on that day.
IV. Barry Bonds Broke the All-Time Homerun Record as a Giant and at AT&T.
Barry Bonds is amazing. Steroids or no steroids. The man simply is one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, and he is someone the Dodgers love to hate. Why? Because he beat the crap out of them for years. Dodger fans loved to call Barry a cheater during his tenure with the Giants. They refused to acknowledge he is the Homerun King. They always complained about how he was rude with the media.
Yet, now the Dodgers curiously have their own steroid-riddled outfielder. And suddenly that is okay.
No matter: the bottom line is Barry Bonds has more homeruns than any other player in the history of baseball (with the exception of that Japanese guy, but he doesn't count since they play in Little League parks in Japan).
The Dodgers have nothing comparable to put up against the Giants.
And that makes them sad.
IV. Our Classic Song Is Better than Theirs.
"When the Giants Come to Town" is simply better than "D-O-D-G-E-R-S."
Nothing else needs to be said about that.
V. Tommy Lasorda.
I am not comparing Lasorda to anyone.
I'm just glad he never was part of the Giants organization.
VI. Giants Fans Actually Show up for Games.
I wrote about this in a previous post. Per capita, more Giants fans show up for their team's home games than do Dodger fans for their home games.
Sad but true.
Maybe if they didn't play over a latrine in a hot ravine they would have more people show up for their games in LA.
VII. The Shot Heard Round the World.
The year is 1951. The Giants were down and out mid-way through the season. The Giants were 13.5 games behind the hated Dodgers and it looked like all was lost. However, the Gents were able to pull off a 16-game winning streak and at the end of the season they forced a three-game tie-breaker playoff.
The Giants won the first game at Ebbets Field. From there, they went back to the Polo Grounds where they would play the last two games of the series. The Dodgers won game 2. So, it all came down to game 3.
The Dodgers started off well. By the bottom on the ninth, the Dodgers were ahead 4 runs to 1. The Giants managed to score one run, and ended up with two men on base. The score was 4 to 2, Dodgers favor, when Bobbby Thompson came up to bat. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Thompson ripped the ball into the stands, getting a walk-off three-run homerun. It was called the shot heard round the world. There is probably no other moment in baseball history as iconic as this one. The announcer that day was so shocked and overcome all he could muster to say was "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"
In 2001 it was reported that the Giants actually had a coach sitting in the stands with a telescope spying on the Dodgers in order to steal signs. Ever since this was revealed, Dodger fans act as if this moment somehow is cheapened or "doesn't count." Unfortunately, Dodger fans fail to note that sign-stealing was not against the rules of baseball at the time, and was in fact a common practice.
Plus, if your signs get stolen, too f'n bad.
Play harder next time.