The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres pencil in to be two of the best teams in baseball this year. Both teams have had to answer many questions about each other this offseason. Right now, Dodgers and Padres players, for the most part, have kept it professional.
ESPN’s Buster Olney thinks that will change once the real games begin.
During a segment on the Baseball Tonight Podcast with Padres broadcaster Tony Gwynn Jr., the inevitable Dodgers-Padres relationship status question came up.
Olney likened the tension between the Dodgers and Padres to the fiery Yankees-Red Sox games during the Alex Rodriguez era.
“ I do think it’s going to be like Red Sox-Yankees back in the day. Varitek and Alex Rodriguez throwing down. I get the feeling we’re going to see some of that stuff this year because it feels like the Padres are like the little brother coming for the older brother’s lunch money.”
Tony Gwynn Jr. agreed wholeheartedly with Olney’s assessment.
“ I think that’s how it’s being framed and I think you’re 100% right. When we these two teams face off against one another. There is a big brother-little brother element to it, but, I think he Padres have put themselves into the position where this is going to be something where it’s pull and tug.”
Gwynn preceeded those comments by explaining that he believes Dodgers-Padres is a “budding rivalry”.
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Whether it’s a budding rivalry, a legitimate rivalry, little brother-big brother, the competition between the two will be fierce. It should make for incredible regular season theater and a close race for the NL West crown.
The two squads face each other 19 times this regular season. Sounds like Buster Olney is expecting a dust up or two during one of those many meetings.
Just keep Cody Bellinger and his surgically repaired shoulder out of it.