It’s a question that Dodgers fans have had to deal with for several months now. Because for some reason, everyone in baseball wants the Padres to be a rival with Los Angeles. And while rivalries are typically built up over time, media in particular has been set on making this happen.
Dodgers players and coaches have given their side over the last couple of months, though none have said anything to discredit the Padres. The general consensus seems to be that while San Diego is a great team, rivalries generally need more history behind them.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw just sounds like he’s over the question. In an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show this week, Kersh had a little bit of a sarcastic response when asked if there was a rivalry.
Sure, yeah if that helps. I mean if that’s what we want to call it. The Padres are really good, they’re a great team. And I think it’s going to come down to the wire in September and you cant leave out the Giants. The Giants are playing really well right now. So between us and those 2 teams, it’s going to be a fun Summer. We’ve got our work cut out for us for sure.
Again, Kershaw didn’t want to discredit the Padres when answering the question. San Diego has a very good team and there’s a good chance the 3 NL West teams are neck-and-neck all the way down to the last game. But the Dodgers only have 1 true rival.
Still, it’s funny to hear Kershaw’s personality come through in the question. You can tell that the Dodgers are tired of being asked about it, and it’s not hard t imagine why. With 12 more games left against the Padres in 2021, it should be a lot of fun.