The longest rivalry in professional sports continued last night:
Giants Eliminate Dodgers From Playoff Contention
A must-win game turned into a job the Los Angeles Dodgers couldn’t get done.
They were eliminated from playoff contention, their wild-card hopes dashed Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants.
“Everything kind of comes to a screeching halt,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “To not have that opportunity to move forward is painful.”
The defeat left the Dodgers two games behind St. Louis with only one game left in the regular season. Los Angeles had won six in a row to stay in the race for the second National League wild-card spot, but Mark Ellis lined out to center field with a runner on second base to end it.
“It doesn’t feel that good right now,” Ellis said in a silent clubhouse.
The Dodgers fell short despite adding first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, infielder Hanley Ramirez and outfielder Shane Victorino in July trades.
“There’s a lot of intangibles that go into a team firing on all cylinders,” losing pitcher Chris Capuano said.
I feel their pain. Bwahahahahahahaha!
A friend of mine once said “It’s not a winning season if you don’t make the play-offs.” I told him “If the Giants only win one game all year and that game knocks the Dodgers out of the play-offs I consider it a winning season.”
Yes, I hate the Dodgers that much.
Don’t blame me, it’s required. If you want to be a San Francisco Giants fan you must despise the Dodgers and their fans. And vice-versa – Dodgers fans hate the Giants and their fans right back.
The rivalry (feud) started waaaaaaay back in 1883 and the teams have played each other nearly 2400 times since then, with the Giants holding a slight advantage.
It’s a natural rivalry. They are both in the same division. For about half their history the two teams were both in New York City, then a few years apart they both moved to California. For those of you who don’t know, there is a longstanding rivalry between Northern and Southern California. So a pre-existing rivalry was added to another pre-existing rivalry.
A little history about the Giants and Dodgers rivalry:
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