10 things Dodgers fans can't stand about the San Francisco Giants
The Giants are just the worst. Let's get this party started.
1. The color orange
It’s repugnant, to be kind. Just the mere sight of it -- no matter the shade, no matter reason -- initiates visceral reactions among Dodger fans. If you were to consume a large bag of Cheetos, a block of sharp cheddar and a gallon of Hi-C -- and then force yourself to throw all of that up -- you’d have the raw ingredients needed to make a Giants jersey. Disgusting.
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2. The pretentious 'Beat L.A.' chant
It was started Celtics fans in the early 1980s, but Giants fans have adopted the rallying cry anytime the Dodgers head up to the Bay. It’s the most annoying three syllables in modern human language, and that’s without Giants fans breaking it out in the third inning of a 2-1 game in June. It needs to be expunged from this earth.
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3. The shot we'd all like to forget
Bobby Thomson hit one of the best home runs in baseball history -- it hurts like hell admit that -- when he took Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca deep for a walk-off homer to win the 1951 National League pennant. It is what it is. We can all move on.
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4. Any mention of that cheater Barry Bonds
The BEST thing about the Giants: The face of the steroid era is also the face of their franchise. Bonds is despised by all baseball fans because of his cheating past, but he officially became a villain to Dodgers fans in 1997 when he hit a home run and then twirled around before running, forever known as ‘The Pirouette.’ He’s a real piece of work and will always have boos waiting for him in Los Angeles.
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5. Smiling Joe Morgan
Look, it doesn’t feel great to severely dislike a nice man and Hall of Famer like Joe Morgan, but this is business. Morgan was always a pest against the Dodgers, with a .370 on-base percentage and 29 homers in 283 career games against L.A. He also hit a homer off Terry Forster in the final game of the 1982 season to ruin the Dodgers’ shot at a division title. Damn that guy.
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6. Crazy Juan Marichal
He was a great pitcher, yes, but the dude swung a bat at Dodgers catcher John Roseboro in a 1965 brawl, leaving his head bloodied. The ONLY thing that has saved Marichal in the eyes of Dodgers fans at all is the fact he was contrite and made good with Roseboro. But he’ll never be liked. And those six innings he threw for L.A. in 1975, his final season? We don’t remember them either.
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7. The fact they stole Bulldog
Orel Hershiser is a Dodger legend for his 1988 season in which he set a MLB record with 59 consecutive scoreless innings and led L.A. to a World Series. To see him in a Giants uniform is not right. Yes, it was his choice to play there, but we’re holding this against San Francisco. The Giants should be hit with something slightly less than jail time for this.
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8. Jeffrey 'One Flap Down' Leonard
Leonard hit on .266/.312/.411 in 14 big league seasons, but he’ll never have a warm spot in the heart of Dodgers fans. No, it wasn’t so much that he hit .285 with 16 homers in 434 career plate appearances against L.A. It’s that the .266 hitter had one of the most ridiculous home run trots ever, circling the bases with ‘one flap down.’ You weren’t good enough for that, Jeffrey Leonard.
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9. This quote from Darryl Strawberry
From a Los Angeles Times story after he left L.A. to play for the Giants: ‘Playing in L.A. was a huge letdown after a decade in New York. The sports atmosphere in New York was insane and intense and that was what I was used to. In Dodger Stadium, fans were much more, you know, Californian. Laid back. Drifted into the park late, filtered out early. They had no fire, no passion. When you got a hit, they gave you a smattering of polite applause. When you struck out, they were like, ’Oh, bummer, man. Better luck next time.’ It was, to be honest, boring.’
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10. Their insanely good fortune
The Giants won three World Series in five seasons from 2010-14, and that’s by far the worst thing on this list. There’s just no comeback. Their recent run of success is the envy of the entire baseball world. We can’t think of a sadder English sentence. Enjoy it while it lasts, Giants.