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(CBS SF) SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have never played in the playoffs during baseball’s modern era, despite having one of the most intense rivalries in sports. Until now, that is.
In the bottom of the fifth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., Brandon Crawford of the Giants is caught stealing and tagged out by Corey Seager of the Dodgers. (Photo credit: Getty Images) )
The cry “Beat LA” will reverberate through San Francisco streets, bars, and Oracle Park on Friday night as the Dodgers make their way north after Chris Taylor hit a walkoff two-run homer in a thrilling NL wild-card game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
The two clubs competed for the NL West championship in a thrilling season-long battle. Los Angeles had won the World Series for the previous eight years, but the Giants stopped their streak with a victory against the San Diego Padres in the last game of the regular season.
Both clubs have 107 victories before Friday’s game, the most in Major League Baseball. It was the first time in the history of the league that two clubs in the same division have each won 105 games. The clubs last met in the postseason in 1889, when both teams were in New York for the World Series.
After the victory on Wednesday night, Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts called the rivalry “one of the great rivalries in sports.” “It’s going to happen.”
Those views were shared by Taylor.
He remarked of the impending battle, “That’s going to be exciting.” “Yeah, two of the all-time greatest regular-season records. We’ve been fighting all year, so I’m anticipating a tough series.”
Logan Webb (11-3, 3.03 ERA) of the Giants will take the mound against Walker Buehler of the Brewers (16-4, 2.47 ERA). During the regular season, Webb was 3-0 against the Dodgers, allowing just over one run per game.
After his bullpen session on Wednesday, Webb remarked, “It’s really amazing to be able to pitch the first game for the greatest club in the league.” “I’m really looking forward to it.” When we’re here, I get an additional boost of confidence because it’s a wonderful location to pitch, first and foremost, and the audience is fantastic.”
Gabe Kapler, the Giants’ general manager, said he was looking forward to seeing Webb on another huge stage as the rivalry heats up.
“I have no doubt that there’s a lot of adrenaline going on here.” On many levels, including what’s occurred in the batter’s box, Logan has had an exciting month, two months, three months,” Kapler said. “We’ve observed how confidence may help your body recover quickly.”
The first anchor for the NLDS was lowered in McCovey Cove just before 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The Sea Dog’s captain, Kevin Park, informed KPIX that he will not miss the clash at Oracle Park.
“We typically get word a day ahead of time,” Park said. “It makes things a lot simpler, since it can be very busy in here.” “Isn’t this simply the icing on the cake?”
Fans of the San Francisco Giants were ecstatic.
“It’s the greatest two teams in baseball going head to head,” Carl Schmidt remarked. “The excitement level in that stadium is going to be insane.”
“Playing the Dodgers is more fun,” said fan Rick Levine. “For the Dodgers, the stadium was rockin’ more.”
Schmidt said, “Like I said, I wish I had tickets because I’d love to be there.”
The competition between San Francisco and Los Angeles is fueling demand in that area. A standing room only ticket would set you back about $170 as of Thursday.
“I’m just going to sit and watch,” Anne Franklin, a fan, said. “I’m going to look for a bar.”
Rafael Hernandez of the Double Play Bar & Grill stated, “I’ve been here for the previous World Series that we’ve had, and they packed this place; filled it up.” “There are still champagne stains on the walls and ceiling.”
The Double Play, located on the intersection of 16th and Bryant in San Francisco, is directly across from the original Giants stadium. It’s a former tavern and diner that’s now a Giants shrine.
“This is one of the first games played at Seals Stadium by the San Francisco Giants, and it’s versus the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Hernandez remarked, pointing to an antique picture on the wall.
The Double Play, like many other pubs in the city, is hoping that the playoff matchup will spark a pandemic recovery.
“It’s how we want to bring this location back to where it was in 2010, 2012, and 2014,” Hernandez adds. “As a result, we’re ecstatic.” We’ll see how things go.”
Wilson Walker assisted with the research for this article.