If the Dodgers were a highway, they’d be built by bricks of Heaven.
In fact if you’re dreaming in Dodger Land you’re swimming in a sea of World Series rings and wading into the deep of 12 MVPs and 16 Rookies of the Years—including five straight rookie awards from 1992-1996, which list the inordinate Mike Piazza, who alone proved to be not only a rock defensively but an offensive dynamo as well.
Historically, the Dodgers are the cutting edge trendsetter for social causes, endorsing names like Jackie Robinson who not only embodied the call for love and diversity but set in motion a locomotive that tore through Jim Crow Law.
Sandy Koufax, one of the great arms in league history, was better known for his Jewish origins and love of culture. Koufax is a hero in the Jewish community for embodying his culture without shame, including skipping game one of the 1965 World Series on behalf of his tradition's holiday, Yom Kippur.
During an era in modern Jewish history that saw the Holocaust and the assembly of their nationhood topographically in 1948, Koufax’s ascent into baseball grandeur metaphorically took on a
transcendent stairway into spiritual and religious acuteness.
With that said, all along another team stood in the ashes, baring no name and lacking the historical excitement, relevance and players to back a folklore as rich as a Dodger team that hales with East/West nationhood and a livestock of tradition and economy.
But as of late, they’ve made more than Harry Doyle proud.
From the thickets has come fandom with halos of truism and a clout of providence. They’ve earned their stripes and their means for maniacal chants and game day melodies.
Hear me now: Angels baseball is the new king in Los Angeles.
Blame it on whatever you like. Call it an act of God or the attack of the devil in the form of Frank McCourt, but reasoning aside, the 21st century has a way of evolving a freeway series and creating a dynamic and bitterly resentful rivalry.
Since 2000, a shift in West Coast power severed a long time relationship with losing and inverted a hierarchical order. History has a way of overthrowing imperial powers and delivering a dominant repose of governance.
Call it fate, or call it hard work, but the Angels rule has just begun.