Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants Rivalry Entering a New Golden Age

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Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants Rivalry Entering a New Golden Age
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The rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants is the second-most high-profile grudge match in Major League Baseball, trailing only the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox (all apologies to the Chicago Cubs and my hometown St. Louis Cardinals).

But after years of not fielding contenders at the same time, the battle for NL West supremacy is going through a renaissance.

The Dodgers haven't won the World Series since 1988, and they've struggled to field a consistently competitive team since the O'Malley family sold the franchise to Fox Entertainment Group in 1998. Meanwhile, the Giants have won three National League pennants since 1989, capped off by a World Series title in 2010.

With Los Angeles and San Francisco locked in a tightly contested race for the division crown, there are a number of reasons to believe that the rivalry is headed toward a new golden age, one that could force the media to get over its perceived East Coast bias.

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