The San Francisco Giants just won the 2014 World Series. It was a seven game thriller of a series, with the Giants toppling the Kansas City Royals and winning their third World Championship of the past five seasons. This makes them not only the most successful Major League Franchise in California, but in all of baseball.
Now, like many of you, I am a lifetime Dodger fan. And many more of you are Angel fans. I can hear you asking, “Why is a SoCal magazine congratulating our hated rivals from the North?” Two reasons: First, because they’ve earned it. Second, because I would like to think that Southern Californians are generous and magnanimous enough, good old fashioned “good sports,” to acknowledge the truth.
Now, I have no doubt that the new management team from the Dodgers is making every effort to bring our club back to its former glory. We have the best pitcher in baseball in Clayton Kershaw and a good group of young players. On Monday, it was announced that Kershaw won three Players Choice Awards (voted on by his fellow players) – the first ever to do so. His charitable work was recognized with the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award and he also brought home the National League outstanding pitcher award and the Major League Baseball player of the year.
In Anaheim, they have the best position player in baseball, Mike Trout, an owner focused on winning and a great manager. Trout was also recognized by Players Choice and was named the American League’s outstanding player. So, sooner than later, one of our teams will likely take home the big trophy. But until then, how about joining me in turning toward the north, tipping your Dodger blue or Angel red baseball cap and saying “Congratulations San Francisco.”