Dodgers fans have become all too familiar with the rivalry debate. All offseason long, it seemed like every media outlet in the country was hoping to make the San Diego rivalry a thing. And fans in Los Angeles (and San Francisco) could only laugh at it.
But with the Dodgers playing the Giants this weekend, the focus is back on the true rivalry. The 2 teams that have been playing each other for over 100 years went toe-to-toe for the first time this season. And this weekend, it’s with first place on the line.
After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts inadvertently set off Padres fans when talking about the atmosphere of the game. With just over 12,000 fans in attendance, Doc felt like this was a playoff game and a true rivalry.
It felt great. I think that this is really the first time going on the road and almost having a capacity stadium — obviously the rivalry and ‘Beat LA’ and ‘Let’s go Dodgers.’ It just felt like a real rivalry game and we haven’t had that in quite some time. It was fun.
That part about a real rivalry seemed to set off some Padres fans on Twitter late Friday night. Dozens could be seen going after the Dodgers manager’s comments, and it was great to watch for fans in Los Angeles.
Doc probably didn’t mean it as a slight to the Padres, but it’s still fun to imagine he did. The Dodgers, Padres, and Giants are all in a fight for first place right now and all within a game. So while we may not call it a rivalry, it should be a lot of fun.