ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Freeway Series doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as the Subway Series does and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also doesn’t believe it’s as much of a rivalry as the one he experienced in New York.
“It doesn’t seem like the same type of rivalry [as the Subway Series],” Mattingly said on Monday of the annual Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels. “I know these guys changed their name and that kind of thing. It needs to be a rivalry because we’re going to see these guys six times and they’re a good club so it needs to be a rivalry to the point where we need to win these games but from there I look at the Dodgers historically and I don’t think you can look at them the same way you do the Angels.”
Not only did Mattingly not have the same affinity for the Freeway Series as he did the Subway Series but he apparently hasn’t been in L.A. long enough to know what a Sigalert is. He smiled and asked what it was twice as he sat in the opposing dugout at Angel Stadium before saying it's something he doesn't have to worry about.
“I come against traffic all the time,” Mattingly said. “I’m never in traffic.”