Just call us Dodgers, of the evening

Alright, fine, its like buses, you go a long time with none turning up, then two turn up together. Yes, blogs that mention Los Angeles a lot. I know, but when I saw the baseball schedules for the first half of this week…

Firstly though, lets sidetrack you. The last time I got to a baseball game, with good company, was in Kansas City, with my good friend Kate, playing the Boston Red Sox, on a glorious Sunday afternoon. In fact, in truth, at present, the only other person I have been to a baseball game with, is Kate! Fine, there were thirty, to forty thousand other people there, and at Fenway Park, which we had done previously, but you get my drift.

To say that day that the staff at the Stadium did us proud, would be an understatement. Kate has a health issue, and couldnt get terribly comfortable in the seats we were sat in. Me, I was fine, but I’m pretty skinny, so…Anyway, on hearing of her issues, we got moved to different seats, and all was fine for the rest of the afternoon. A young man looked after us wonderfully, with food and drink, and we had a great time.

Yes, you’ve guessed it, tonight sees the start of a series between Boston, and Kansas City, in Kansas City! Sadly, neither I, or Kate will be there, but it would be wonderful to think that someone at the stadium might see this, and at least think of us tonight. No, I cant remember who won the match we were at, lol!

Oh, right, fine, Los Angeles. Yes, tonight sees the start of the ‘Freeway Series’, between the 2 LA teams. Well, I’m one of those who calls them the Anaheim Angels, but anyway, its the local rivalry. And yes, tonight, and again tomorrow, the games are in Dodgers Stadium. Which of course, as all shrewdies, and long term followers of this blog will know, is the last baseball stadium that I have visited, at time of writing. Oh, and did you know, between 1962, and 1965, the Angels played at Dodger Stadium, before moving to their own place.

I guess that given my main sport in my early years was cricket, and counties, beyond Yorkshire, and Lancashire, didnt have much in the way of rivalries, as such. Not even a London series between Surrey, and Middlesex, in fact. So no, I’m not big on local rivalries, to be honest, and have no idea what they are like in baseball. I think in all honesty, the Dodgers have a bigger rivalry with the San Francisco giants, than their Anaheim neighbors. But yes, you’re right, I’ll be rooting for the boys in blue! Hey, they’re from Hollywood, so what were you expecting? 😉

So, four teams I’ve seen before (I saw the Angels once in Oakland), and 3 I support, to varying degrees, in special matches tonight. Me, I’ll sleep through them both, sadly, as both are overnight, my time. But in my dreams…

Fine, the video. The one team of the four that I dont support in any way, shape, or form. Yes, the Angels. Though this is of the morning, not the evening.

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The name can be deceptive

The other night, I was watching a game of Baseball involving a team called the Los Angeles Angels. Fine, but did you know (I’m sure all the Californian’s do) that its actually in Anaheim, 25 miles away? I mean, thats like the New England Patriots calling themselves the Boston Patriots, and still playing their games in Foxborough!

I mean, I dont expect them to play in downtown L.A, but…I suppose I’m spoilt, Fenway is not far from the centre of Boston, the Mariners play literally just south of Downtown, but…Anaheim!

Over here, to be honest, the trend is growing, as several teams build new stadiums, they are gradually getting further out of town, but not 25 miles! Cricket grounds, despite needing a large green area, are generally in the proximity of town, though the new Hampshire behemoth is nowhere near a major town.

Of course, as the Angels would point out to me, public transport to get to the stadium is pretty good, and thats true. And I guess the Anaheim Angels wouldnt have the same feel, as Los Angeles does?

Oh, and I know, the Atlanta Braves are getting ready to build a new stadium nowhere near the centre of Atlanta, so…not a great trend imo.

Ah well…

The video, a sly dig at whoever thought moving a L.A team to Anaheim, without changing the name, was a good idea.