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Savor The Moment

Posted on: April 12, 2011 6:34 pm
 
As a Dodger fan I've been following the Dodger/Giant rivalry since the "good 'ole days".  A lot of great players have graced the field for these two teams; not a few of which are now forever enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The great thing about any rivalry is that it doesn't matter what place in the Standings the teams occupy......the fact that they're playing is all that matters. The Dodgers and Giants have certainly had some terrific battles over the years, literally and otherwise.  Watching Marichal clobber Roseboro over the head with a baseball bat, and Buckner charging the mound are a couple of incidents that quickly pop into mind.

Last night was certainly a moment to savor.......not for the game that was played (and won 6-1 by the Dodgers), but what occurred on the field prior to the game.  Giant reliever Jeremy Affeldt and Dodger handyman Jaimie Carroll shook hands in front of the mound while players and coaches from both teams looked on. The Giants and Dodgers, for that one magical moment, were one.........united to support the premise that violence in baseball over team rivalry is akin to striking out with the bases loaded. Simply put, these two teams let it be known that as great as this rivalry is (IMO the best in baseball), there is never a justifiable reason for fans to physically or verbally abuse other fans as a result.  Affeldt commented that the rivalry ends once the game is over.

We, players and fans, are human beings. We all deserve to be treated with respect.  Kudos to the members of both teams for affirming what is truly important in life. Let's respect each other and view the game for what it is........a diversion to those things that truly matter.
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Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:14 am
 

Savor The Moment

I remember the Koufax-Marichal days, when those two aces headed up the Dodgers and Giants, respectively. If it's not the best rivalry in the game, it's certainly one of the top five. Boston and New York have their bid in, as do the Cardinals and Cubs. The New York connection from the 1950s is a strong point in favor of this rivalry. What about the bat incident by Juan Marichal against Dodger catcher John Roseboro? How about the stolen base threat of Maury Wills and how the Giants watered the first base area so Wills could not get traction for stealing bases? I think that was in 1963. Showing my age, I know. But it's a great rivalry, I agree. Perhaps the best of all. And 1951, though it turned out the wrong way, was a great finish to a season.



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Savor The Moment

I'll agree with your opinion that the Dodgers and Giants have the best rivalry in the game.  They shared a city for more than a half century and while they weren't always both contending at the same time, in 1951 they did.   I hope that moment sent a message to the criminal element that unfortunately can also be found in ballparks today.  In a way kind of reminds me of Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce last year in one of the most selfless acts I can imagine when Galarraga walked the line up card out to Home Plate umpire Joyce the next day, handed it to him and then shook his hand.


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