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And you thought Giants-Rangers couldn’t inspire passion

Oct 25, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

With the famously passionate Yankees and Phillies fanbases on outside looking in, I figured there wouldn’t be any trash talk in the leadup to this thing. And there isn’t a ton coming from San Francisco or Texas yet. But if you look down to L.A. there’s some to be found. From the Times’ Steve Dilbeck:

I don’t know much about the Rangers, except they have Cliff Lee and the Dodgers don’t. They play in Ft. Worth, like to call it Dallas-Fort Worth and call themselves the Texas Rangers. When you have that kind of identity crisis, it’s no wonder you can’t find you way to the postseason.

No matter, I am now a huge fan of the Rangers, whoever they are. Go kick some City by the Bay butt. Find your inner Scott Spezio.

I love this because it goes after both teams. The Giants because Dilbeck is a Dodgers guy and hates the Giants and the Rangers for no apparent reason.  Bitterness can be fun if applied liberally and evenhandedly.

(link via Walkoff Walk, who has a much more extended take on it)

  1. BC - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Your “inner Scott Spezio”? Is that like your inner Craig Counsell?

  2. chipmaker023 - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Geography fail.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    “Whoever you are?” wow, even pretending to not know the Rangers lineup makes this guy look like an absolute idiot.

  4. jquincy - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    first of all, this is funny coming from a guy who lives in a city with a baseball team called “the los angeles angels of anaheim”.

    secondly, the rangers don’t play in fort worth, they play in arlington. arlington is in the dallas-fort worth greater metropolitan area. all of it is inside the state of texas. hence “texas” rangers. like the “minnesota” twins, “florida” marlins, “arizona” diamond backs, or the formerly named “california” angels (which they changed because it made too much sense). i don’t get why this is an identity crisis.

    what a moron.

  5. F*ck LA - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    F*ck LA and Spezio’s soul patch.

  6. carnat01 - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    It always amazes me how writers do not do proper research and just spout things. The Texas Rangers are playing in Arlington not Fort Worth, which is part of the DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) area. Arlington is located in Texas, hence the Texas Rangers.

  7. gfhexeter - Oct 25, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    This Dodger’s fan is asking to “Find your inner Scott Spezio’, who was on the Los Angeles Angles of Anahiem. ( A team that likes to hurt the community that it is in, by changing it’s name. And does not where it is either.) He is having to say this because the are no Dodgers that have or can kick butt! Obviously he does not know anything about geography or baseball. He only knows one guy on a team that has lead the AL West almost the entire season. And has kicked the butt of the Angles this year too. So he doesn’t watch the Angles and doesn’t know the Dodges either. This guy is too stupid to be commenting on baseball!

  8. granted42 - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    If you were looking for trash, you should have known you’d find it in Los Angeles. Hollywood, the Dodgers, and clueless Times writers provide plenty of refuse.

  9. kemahnet - Oct 27, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Here is inspired passion!

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