Ever since 1961, the year the Angels entered the American League as part of the first MLB expansion, there has been a dream of the two Los Angeles teams meeting in the World Series. To date, the two teams have made the playoffs in the same year three times: 2004, 2008 and 2009. This year, both teams are doing well with a good chance of reaching the post-season.
This could be the year for the Freeway World Series. While the past should have no bearing on future results, the Angels have given the Dodgers a lot of trouble since inter-league play began in 1997, winning 57 games while the Dodgers have only won 41 times.
There is an article written by then Dodgers General Manager Buzzie Bavasi about the Koufax-Drysdale double holdout in 1966. To me, Bavasi comes across as a real asshole. But that was a different Era, well before free agency and multi-year contracts. One thing he said does make sense “… nobody on the ball club, including me and Walter Alston, was ever going to get more than a one-year contract. As I recall, I said something like, “You’re both athletes, and what you’re selling is your physical ability, and how can you guarantee your physical ability three years in advance?” Paying players tens of millions of dollars in advance, when they no longer can perform as expected, has helped to price games out of reach for a lot of fans.