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The Dodgers Apparently Trolled the Angels Over the Whole ‘Los Angeles’ Thing

Let’s make one thing clear before we discuss the subtle dig that the Los Angeles Dodgers took at the Los Angeles Angels on Friday to begin the Freeway Series — the Angels play in Anaheim, not Los Angeles.

When the Angels walked into the visitors’ clubhouse at Dodger Stadium on Friday, their lineup board simply read, “Welcome Anaheim Angels.”

The Angels officially dropped Anaheim from their name in 2013 but it doesn’t change the fact that the Angels play there. They play in Orange County, not Los Angeles County.

That is why when they play the Dodgers, it is called the Freeway Series. It isn’t a crosstown rivalry and is not an inter-city rivalry.

The Dodgers represent Los Angeles, just look at the logo. Where is Los Angeles represented in an Angels uniform?

Former Los Angeles Times columnist Arash Markazi once wrote, “There’s nothing worse than being inauthentic and doing something halfway, and the Angels claiming Los Angeles represents both. They took on the name of a city where they don’t play and, worse yet, did so without displaying the city’s name in their stadium, on their uniform, or merchandise. It’s almost as if they don’t want to upset their fans in Anaheim, who want nothing to do with L.A. and would never wear anything with Los Angeles on it.”

Welcome to Los Angeles, home of the Dodgers and the site of the Freeway Series this weekend.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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