Is Interleague Series with Cross-Town Rival Just a Tease for the Los Angeles Dodgers?

By Kenny Bristow
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One thing the Los Angeles Dodgers have not shown much of this season is fire. A true blue desire to win every time they take the field regardless of what is at stake.

Buried in last place in the NL West, with just about enough dirt on top of them to be called dead, the blue crew did the unthinkable: they came back from a six-run deficit to beat cross town AL rival, the Los Angeles Angels.

A lot can be said when pride or bragging rights are on the line. Hopefully for the Dodgers, they will be able to build on the exciting win.

Both L.A. teams are high priced and under scrutiny. They are also both terrible so far this season. The Angels had hoped they found something as they had started a nice eight-game winning streak. They were certainly off to the right start on Monday night… until the Dodgers woke from their slumber.

What Dodgers fans are wondering now is, was that just a one-night stand? A tease to a long-term relationship with winning? The usually coy and laid-back crowd at Chavez Ravine, seem to want a serious relationship all of a sudden. After two months of messing around, blue crew devotees want to settle down and commit to winning.

With so much negativity surrounding the Dodgers the past month and a half, it’s about time they took some inventory. Manager Don Mattingly, who has been ground up to bits in the rumor mill lately as the first possible managerial casualty of the season, may have found a spark in the nick of time.

Whether or not the blue crew can commit to a serious relationship with winning remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, after two prideful wins against the Angels, the Dodgers do have a little fire in their belly.

Kenny Bristow is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for
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