COMMENTARY | There are certain things that come with being a San Francisco Giants fan, the most obvious one being an ingrained hatred of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It's just part of your DNA: You root for the Giants, you hate the Dodgers. You don't tolerate them, you don't ignore them, you hate them.
Hate, hate, hate.
It's understandable if Giants fans have forgotten why they hate the Dodgers over the past few years. After all, the Giants have won two of the last three World Series championships while the Dodgers haven't won anything of significance since the last days of the Reagan administration. The Dodgers have even moved on to pouring endless amounts of money into their team in an effort to catch up to the Giants. It's cute in a way.
Anyhow, in case you're one of the Giants' faithful who's struggling to remember why you're supposed to hate your rival, here are a few reasons:
It's an awful color. Most Giants fans will avoid buying anything in blue -- shirts, shoes, cars, whatever -- for fear it might be mistaken for Dodger blue. It's so synonymous with the Dodgers that it's impossible for a Giants fan to not hate the color. From the massive "Think Blue" billboard at Dodger Stadium to the color of the team's caps with the stupid white button, it's inescapable. And terrible.
Almost every single Giants-Dodgers game in L.A. that I've seen gets interrupted by a beach ball coming onto the field. Seriously, watch a run of Dodgers games from Dodger Stadium and count how many times a beach ball falls from the stands into the field of play. It's incredibly annoying and ultimately puzzling.
You start asking yourself, why are fans bringing beach balls to the ballpark to begin with? Shouldn't the game be enough to keep their attention? And then you realize they're watching the Dodgers and it starts to make sense.
Who could hate beloved baseball ambassador Tommy Lasorda? Answer: Giants fans. It may be love-to-hate at this point, but there's no doubt that Lasorda is one of the most reviled figures of the rivalry to Giants fans. From his infamous walks to the visiting dugout at Candlestick when he'd blow kisses to the crowd, to his unrestrained glee after knocking the Giants out of contention in 1993, Lasorda has given the San Francisco fan base plenty of reasons to hate his guts over the years.
To many Giants fans, Lasorda is the Dodgers. And that's enough of a reason to hate him.
Hate-able Dodgers Players Through The Years
The list is long: Steve Sax, Mike Marshall, Mike Piazza, Jeff Weaver, Andre Ethier, Paul Lo Duca, Jose Offerman, and a host of other names I could probably list. You're not sure why you hate these players so much, but you do. And it's hate. Just seeing their faces is enough to set you off, and unleashes some kind of primal response you may not be used to feeling. I know I get that way whenever I see Eric Gagne.
They're The Dodgers
Really, do you even need another reason?
Dave Tobener is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer who has written about the Giants for the better part of a decade. His work has appeared on numerous sports websites, including Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew. You can follow him on Twitter @gggiants.
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