The Dodgers-Giants rivalry is one of the best in sports. It’s decades long and even spans both coasts. Despite a rich history between the two clubs, last year was the first time the two teams met in the playoffs. It was a gift to baseball fans, or a curse depending on your perspective, all thanks to playoff expansion.
In the regular season, the Giants won 107 games and captured the NL West title. It was the first time since 2012 that the Dodgers didn’t win the division. LA got the last laugh by beating San Francisco in NLDS in a five game nail-bitter of a series.
The rivalry was so tense last year that Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area and KNBR radio admitted that he’s not attending any Dodgers-Giants games this season during a recent segment on KNBR.
“I hate the Dodgers so much I can’t even stand to watch them.”
KNBR’s Brian Murphy whole-heartily agreed with the approach.
“This year, for the first time, I specifically avoided Dodger games. After last year, it’s too stressful, I’m filled with too much loathing, I don’t like how I am at those games. I hate it. I did the same thing – I took no Dodger games.”
Maiocco talked about how he’ll attend less stressful games against opponents that aren’t the Dodgers.
“I would much rather watch the Giants play the Reds and have a fun time. Have a beer and enjoy it. If they lose, I go home and I move onto the next day.”
The games are tense, but one of the best rivalries in sports is best enjoyed in person. Even if it heavily affects one’s blood pressure.
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