This weekend features another Dodger-Giant rivalry taking place at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers captured the first game of the series because of 8 strong innings by Chad Billingsley and his 2 RBI single.
But this article isn't a game recap.
This is the survival guide for the Giants fans attending Dodger games, and a way for Dodger fans to spot a hidden Giants fan.
First of all, when entering Dodger Stadium, it is important to do one of two things if you are a Giants Fan. You either have to wear a complete array of Giants gear, or wear nothing. If you wear only a simple Giants hat, you will be looked at as too scared to draw attention to yourself, yet not fan enough to be worthy of seeing a Giants game. It's okay this is still a safe option.
So which one will you choose?
Let's say you choose to wear nothing. SMART choice. This way you will probably not receive many conflicts with other fans while walking to the stadium. We all know how much Dodger and Giant fans don't like each other, and it is important to disguise yourself if you are going to an away game.
I attended the game when Tim Lincecum pitched 7 strong innings and gave up 2 runs way back in July when these teams last met up. While walking to the stadium among the orange and black of my fellow Giants fans we came across a Dodger fan who happened to take the more dangerous approach by scaling his body with all the blue and white gear he could find. Man, did my fellow Giant fans let it RIP. They gave that guy a ton of grief, but you gotta respect his choice.
Anyways, if you choose to not wear any attire, you may think you are safe, but this is certainly not the case. Dodger fans, look out for these silent Giants. If the Dodgers do something and everyone is cheering, these disguises will be easy to see through. If someone without any attire on cheers, he is just a Dodger fan who has no gear yet, or just someone who likes attending games and roots for the home team. If the person is not cheering, chances are he or she is a Giant fan. This is an obvious way to spot the enemy fan.
If you decided that you wanted to go bold, then it is important to keep that statement. When teh Giants do something, cheer for them, draw attention to yourself. That seems to be your style anyways, and since you have probably already been verbally abused, why not add some bruses and a black eye to the list?
So when attending a game in the Dodger-Giant series this weekend, or any other time for that matter be sure to either stand out, or blend in. Blending in will save you a ton of abuse. If you are a fan of the Dodgers and see someone without Dodger attire on, make sure they cheer or else they should be noted as a Giants fan. Standing out will show fans that you are a true fan, and that you should be respected.
Although, respect isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when a Dodger crowd sees a lone Giant fan trekking through the aisles trying to find his seat.
So Giants fans, if you are going to attend a Dodger game this weekend, take my advice and just blend in. I mean you can bring a hat or a sweatshirt and show that you have pride but don't bring too much attention to yourself. That's my suggestion even though it isn't as cool as picking bland or bold, but being right in the middle is okay because it is a SAFE option.