Sports Opinion & Analysis

The New York Yankees of Los Angeles

In MLB on August 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

Why does everyone outside New York hate the Yankees?

How Bostonians stay warm during the winter.

Maybe it’s the unprecedented 27 World Series banners hanging from their stadium’s rafters. Maybe its the $1.5 billion dollar stadium where those banners hang. Maybe it’s because they can afford such an expensive stadium, as well as any player in the league they want, whenever they want them.

Maybe it’s just the pinstripes.

Either way, the entire world (outside of New York) hates the Yankees, but when you boil down to it, the real reason is because we’re all so jealous of them. Who wouldn’t want the history, the success, and the financial resources the Bronx Bombers have?

Simply the term “rebuilding” means something entirely different to the Yankees than practically every other team in the league. While it may take years for teams like Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, or Kansas City (to name a few) to acquire prospects who will hopefully one day make the team better (before they then leave for New York…), the Yankees can make moves every year to ensure they compete for a title. There are no lame duck years for at least one team from the Tri-State Area.

Now it seems the rest of the league better watch out, because it feels like the Yankees just opened up a West coast office.

The New York Yankees of Los Angeles, Dodgers Division.

While the Dodgers have a storied history, it doesn’t even compare to the Yankees (but whose does?). Obviously, the Dodgers don’t have anywhere near the 27 titles the Yankees have, and except for the PED fueled “Mannywood” era, it’s been a long time since Kirk Gibson’s homer in the 1988 series that they’ve even seriously competed for one.

Instead, the team from the country’s second-largest market has had to sit back and watch a former division rival (Reds), an expansion team (Diamondbacks), and the hated nemesis up north (Giants), all win a Word Series, while they haven’t even come close. Thrown in the Frank McCourt-era, and it hasn’t been too easy being a Dodger fan the past few decades.

Yet, if the weekend’s blockbuster trade with Boston means anything, the first team from L.A. plans on quickly changing all of that.

From Beantown to Hollywood.

In case you didn’t turn on the television or look at a computer or talk to anyone over the weekend, the Dodgers sent a bunch of prospects to the Red Sox for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. This of course, was after the team already acquired Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins and Shane Victorino from the Phillies.

Did I mention they still have 2011 Cy Young Winner Clayton Kershaw, 2011 MVP-Who-Didn’t-Take-PED’s Matt Kemp, and Andre Either?

Granted, there is a lot of baseball left to be played in 2012, and as of today, the Dodgers are still two games behind San Francisco in the NL West. Just because the Dodgers made a bunch of high-profile, high-dollar trades, doesn’t all of a sudden make them the new perennial winner out west. No one should be crowning anyone for anything as of yet.

But simply making these huge moves proves this isn’t the same old Dodgers from before. It’s a deafening statement  for how the McCourt-era is absolutely over, and the $2 Billion-Era is in full swing. It proves the Dodgers mean business, and aren’t afraid to do everything needed to produce a winner.

The Dodgers might not be as storied a franchise as the Yankees, but if these trades pan out, or these actions are examples for the behavior we can consistently expect from management going forward, then everyone better be on notice. For a team that plays in a division that seemingly has a new winner every year, it might all of a sudden become a lot easier to figure out who’s going to win it before the first pitch is ever even thrown.

Just ask Boston about those years between 2004 and 1918.

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