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Lies, damn lies, and Arte Moreno

I meant to post this a while ago, but school started and I got distracted.

About 6 weeks ago, I was on a road trip down to Southern California, and spent a good deal of time in the Los Angeles area. Since it was the middle of the division races, I made a mental note to compare the level of support for the Angels and the Dodgers. What I found shouldn't have been surprising, but it was.

I spent several days in Los Angeles County and a few days in the OC. How many people wearing Dodgers gear did I see in LA County? Too many to count. How many people did I see wearing Angels gear in LA County? Zero. None. Nada. I saw plenty of people decked out in Angels gear down in Orange County (including one who looked suspiciously like Bill Bavasi), but none in LA county.

There are two possible explanations for this:

  1. There are hardly any Angels fans in the actual city of Los Angeles.
  2. The Angels fans in LA proper are a bunch of posers and pretenders who don't wear their colors outside of the ballpark.
Either way, why have they suddenly decided to call themselves the "LA Angels?"
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