“I know that this is a historic sale, but importantly a new chapter for the Dodgers and the city,” he said. “And what I said to Earvin is the same thing I’ve said publicly for a long time: The Dodgers are an asset, they’re a community asset. And the reason why it matters is because the Dodger brand, like the Laker, Clipper brand, like the Trojans and the Bruins, like the Galaxy and Chivas, are a brand associated with the city. But particularly the Dodger brand is something that people feel very, very connected to.” — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villagairosa
Note to Angel owner, Arte Moreno: the mayor of the City of Angels did not include the Angels in what he associates with sports in L.A..
For all of his faults, the Mayor can, at least, read a map. So can my 4-year-old. Yet the assault on geographic logic continues by the Angels’ insistence that they play in Los Angeles.
And after 2 days of nearly wall-to-wall coverage of the Dodgers’ sale in the Los Angeles Times, you can’t help but notice that the Angels’ signing of Albert Pujols failed to generate page after page like found in today’s Sports section being turned over to the reaction over the 2.1+ billion dollar transaction.
Naturally, the Angels felt that they had to hit back. Angel OF Torii Hunter:
Hunter isn’t sure the Dodgers’ sale is as powerful a statement as what his team has done.
“I’m pretty sure people are pumped up that the right guys own the [Dodgers] … that’s a great buzz,” Hunter said. “But it’s what you do on the field that matters. We haven’t started the season yet. Whoever does it on the field will get that buzz.”
If the Angels win, as they did in 2002, then Orange County gets all abuzz. It’s not going to necessarily feel that way in Hollywood, Chatsworth, San Pedro, Venice, and, especially, Elysian Park. In fact, the Angels’ insistence on what they did in the offseason as somehow making their brand count within the city limits of Los Angeles, was quickly ignored when the Clippers traded for Chris Paul, shortly after the Halos acquired Albert Pujols. That created buzz. I’m sure, as a matter of fact, that the excitement surrounding the purchase of the team was bolstered by the presence of a former Laker among the ownership group even more than the fanbase was happy that Frank McCourt was done.
It is as Cyn notes in the 1988 film Working Girl: Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna. Never will. Ultimately, like it or not, Arte Moreno can’t turn Anaheim into Los Angeles.