As my friend Mike just e-mailed me: Donnie Awesome.
Don Mattingly pulled out a little trash talk in comparing the Dodgers-Angels rivalry to Yankees-Mets: "It's kind of like Mets-Yankees. The Yankees are the team. (The Mets) are going to have their years when they play well, but the Yankees are still the team. I don't want to badmouth the Angels at all. Mr. (Angels owner Arte) Moreno has done a great job down there in Anaheim, and Mike (Scioscia) does a great job. But we're the Dodgers, and that isn't going to change."
Matt Kemp later echoed his manager: "There is only one Los Angeles team," he said. "That's the L.A. Dodgers."
Which teams really owns Los Angeles? Let's roll out a tale of the tape.
Local TV ratings, 2011
Dodgers: 1.14 (down 30.1 percent from 2010)
Angels: 1.14 (down 5.8 percent from 2010)
Edge: Angels. I suspect the Angels will draw higher ratings in 2012 as fans tune in to see Chris Iannetta.
Dodgers, 2011: 2.94 million
Angels, 2011: 3.17 million
Dodgers, five-year average: 3.57 million
Angels, five-year average: 3.27 million
Edge: Angels. 2011 was the first season the Angels outdrew the Dodgers as there was an obvious protest against owner Frank McCourt that factored in, but maybe it was a turning points in Dodgers-Angels history. After all, the Angels now have Chris Iannetta. P.S: Don't tell Donnie Baseball that during his 13 seasons with the Yankees the Mets outdrew the Yanks eight times.
Dodgers, 2011: 82-79
Angels, 2011: 86-76
Dodgers, five-year average: 85 wins
Angels, five-year average: 91 wins
Edge: Angels. Angels also lead in playoff appearances over the past 10 seasons, six to four.
Edge: Angels. But at least the Dodgers back-loaded all those contracts!
Dodgers: Matt Kemp
Angels: Albert Pujols
Edge: Dodgers. The fact that Kemp is talking 50-50 makes me want the season to start yesterday.
Cy Young candidate
Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw
Angels: Jered Weaver
Edge: Dodgers. The last Dodger pitcher to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards? Sandy Koufax. Yes, I just made that comparison.
Angels: Holly Madison
Edge: Dodgers. Although maybe it's a good thing the Angels don't need celebrity fans.
Dodgers: Five World Series titles, Koufax, Drysdale, Garvey's forearms, Fernandomania, Hershiser's streak, Gibson's home run, McCourt's divorce
Angels: One World Series title, Ryan, Carew, 1982 collapse, 1986 collapse, 1995 collapse, Spiezio's home run, Guerrero's helmet
WINNER: Looks like a dead heat. As they say, this one to be decided on the field.