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Angels vs. Dodgers: Who’s the Best?

06/03/2010

This post is a labor of love, 30-years in the making.  I previously posted about my Dodger Blues.  I’ve also commented on how The Angels have got many things right.  Here’s a head-to-head comparison on the two “Los Angeles” teams.

Before you even get to the stadium, you have to park.

Parking
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$8.00… Easy to navigate.  I’ve even paid to park next door at the Grove.  I’ve walked from “Hooters” and JT Schmid’s alike.  Angels win this hands down.  My claim to fame is I can be from living room to loge in 15 minutes.  Good luck with that at Dodger Stadium, stuck right at the intersections of the 110, 101 and 5 Freeways. Dodger Parking

Price aside, I arrived at the game two hours early, and the parking lot attendants wouldn’t let me park in the upper general parking.  Not one to take “no” for an answer, I went around the first guy (and cones) and was stopped by the second.  One opening day, it took me two hours to get from 1 mile out to my seat.

The Food
Angels Dodgers
The Angels have more options.

Harp on tap… nuff said.

Dodger Food has improved over the years, but they even with the “Dodger Dog” as its calling card, Dodger stadium options are lesser than the Angels.  Dodgers could have won had they kept the Kool-a-Koo and the Jalapeanuts.  The “Dugout Club” food is excellent, but at north of $300 a ticket, I’m not counting that.
The Fans
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Angel fans are the best…  according to a 2009 survey of more than 100 teams across all major sports, Angels Fans are the Most Friendly

Angels were number #5 in the league with 2009 attendance of 3,240,374.

All the stats aside, Angel stadium is a great place for a family, even in the rowdy “Budweiser Pavilion.”   No stabbings reported of late.  Dodgers… not so much.

image Dodgers are top draw at 3,761,653.

Notwithstabbing… err, Notwithstanding, this one is an easy call.

Pricing
Angels
Angel Ticket Prices Dodgers
Dodger Ticket Prices
Dodgers are marginally more pricey, but this one should be a draw because they’re both too expensive.  Angels get the edge because it’s easier to get tickets on site.
The Yard
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Angel Stadium in Anaheim

Arte Moreno has done wonders for Angel Stadium.  When Disney owned it, it was like going to church, and not one of those cool black churches where everyone is singing and clapping.  Some may say his advertising background has brought a little too much “Times Square” atmosphere in the joint.  The Outfield walls do look like the hood of a NASCAR racer.

Dodger stadium is still one of the prettiest parks in all of baseball.  It’s has kept that original charm, with some modern updates. According to at least one fan, “This place is so retro, it’s like being on a movies set.”
Of course, the modernization comes at a price. A field level seat even with 3rd base has tripled from $17 to $50 in the last 10 years… It will double again by 2018.  Due to the scenic hills in the backdrop, Dodger Stadium takes this head-to-head.
The Team
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Angles have won a World Series more recently, and they have more playoff appearances over the decade, but they seem to do it on grit more than talent.  One could argue that the Angels have the better team this decade with their 2002 World Series.   Since Dodgers have more World Championships, we’ll give The Blue Crew the edge.
The Dodger’s farm system has been their saving grace.  They’ve been unable to snag any meaningful free agents over the last decade.  The steal of Manny Ramirez being the one notable exception. Their top pitchers Kershaw, Billingsly and Ely are all home grown.  Kemp and Ethier (acquired from A’s) are two of the best young talents in the league.
Matt Kemp #27 and Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers receive their Silver Slugger awards before the game with the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 13, 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers won 9-5.
How Cute My Kid Looks in Their Gear
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Even Stephen.

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The Conclusion
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The Angels have made a solid case for the better experience than the Dodgers.  It’s cheaper to go, easier to get there (and out), and they have the best staff and fans in baseball, and better food options once you are there.  For me, they have proximity on their side as well.  They put a quality product on the field, and the are perennial playoff contenders.  But even with all this evidence, they are not where my heart lies.  Dodgers have done their best to push me away by arresting and ticketing their fans, and by not spending the money on free agents.  But they still have my heart.  I am not one of those who believe that Angel and Dodger fandom are mutually exclusive.  So for the time being, I’ll go to as many Angel games as I can… but I’ll probably be watching the Dodgers.

It’s a draw.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. 06/03/2010 8:30 am

    Its like you read my mind.
    Oh wait.
    You do. It is called MY BLOG.

    I really liked this piece.
    And yes, I have the hook up if you wanna go interview the Dodger Stadium historian this summer….

    Maybe he will let us on the filed and we can play catch. 🙂

  2. Jenelyn Russo permalink
    06/03/2010 8:59 am

    Love this. An honest look at both teams from a fan perspective. My heart obviously is with the Angels, but I like that you feel that Angel and Dodger fandom are not mutually exclusive. My family looks better in red anyway. Come to the Big A as often as you want!

    • 06/03/2010 9:04 am

      It’s too easy not to do. Like last Saturday, I left my house after the 1st inning, picked up $124 worth of tickets for $35 and was in our prime seats by the third inning. The kid’s only got a few innings in him anyway… It’s too bad we missed the “cart-off” HR in the 10th. We left right after the 9th. Get well Kendry.

  3. Tami Chase permalink
    06/03/2010 9:25 am

    Go Angel’s! Being a valley girl for the past 17 years I can tell you that the Dodger fan’s up here are, well…they leave something to be desired. Our family takes alot of heat for being Angel’s fans, but we can take it! The players are so nice and we have had the opportunity to get several autographs. We’ve been to 5 different stadiums and attempted to go to a Dodger/Angel’s game last year at Dodger Stadium, but I was concerned for our safety, being an Angel’s fan and all, so we just didn’t go. We stick behind the Angel’s, good or bad season, and where else can you see fireworks at the stadium and fireworks on your way home (from Disneyland)??

  4. 06/03/2010 10:42 am

    hilarious! wish i saw more checks on the dodgers side, but this is pretty spot on. if you add categories of tradition-history, heart, and street cred, that might bring the blue crew up a few spots! 🙂

    • 06/03/2010 11:13 am

      Angels definitely won out on check marks, but tradition and history (and my heart) are definitely with the Dodgers. However, my contention is that the parking lot attendant is tarnishing the legacy that is Dodger lore.

  5. Jocelyn permalink
    08/05/2011 11:46 am

    one update needed: the tickets at dodger stadium, as of today, are significantly cheaper. they usually start at $12, on special occasions such as bobble-head nights they are priced at $5

    • 08/05/2011 12:30 pm

      Jocelyn,

      I’m in Real Estate. When we commission appraisals, the appraiser is not supposed to take into account “distressed properties” that have been in foreclosure or repossession. If they do, they are supposed to account for that by adjusting prices upward. Given the state that the Dodgers are in, those ticket prices constitute a distressed sale in my opinion. Besides, who wants to go see a team whose owner is more concerned with winning in the courtroom than on the field.

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