It is no secret that the bad blood between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants spills over to the fans of each team. Although there was a time when the rivalry went too far and fans were involved in sometimes fatal attacks, both fan bases have kept their differences relatively peaceful in recent years.
While the reports of violence have subsided, the hostility between the Dodgers and Giants hasn’t. Madison Bumgarner had two run-ins with Yasiel Puig last season and one with Alex Guerrero this year. Bumgarner’s incident with Guerrero came six days after the utility man hit a home run off the Giants’ ace.
Giants infielder and Cal State Long Beach product Matt Duffy said in February he believed he hates the Dodgers more than Giants fans do. Clothing companies have capitalized on the disdain and competitiveness among fans, with one example being Nike’s “Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles” t-shirt, which pokes fun at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
That shirt however, isn’t nearly as opinionated as the sweatshirt a Giants fan was recently captured wearing, via @MrWilliamJSmith on Twitter:
Baseball is often referred to as the child’s game, but this sweatshirt may take the rivalry just a bit too far. The idea that any person would teach their child to hate anyone, let alone a baseball team, is unfortunate.
The spirit of the game should not be lost within a rivalry. And although rivalries can become heated, it is important to remember that baseball at the end of the day is just that — a game. The Dodgers are 2-4 against the Giants this season and the two teams will renew their rivalry Tuesday when they begin a three-game set at AT&T Park.
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