One of the longest and champion rivalries successful sports is back.
Oct. 8, 2021, 8:59 a.m. ET
On May 3, 1890, the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms met successful their archetypal regular-season game. Brooklyn won, 7-3.
Thus began a coast-to-coast rivalry that has been one of the longest and astir storied matchups successful each of sports.
The teams present known arsenic the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers person played 2,535 times since that time successful 1890, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Through each that time, however, they person ne'er met successful the postseason. (While the teams person antecedently met successful playoffs to determine the regular season, those games don’t number arsenic the postseason.)
That volition alteration astatine 6:30 this evening erstwhile the teams look disconnected astatine Oracle Park for Game 1 of a National League part series.
The 131-year-old Giants-Dodgers rivalry has been afloat of epic moments, similar Bobby Thomson’s 1951 location tally — the changeable heard circular the world — that defeated the Dodgers and won the Giants the National League pennant. Or Steve Finley’s walk-off expansive slam successful 2004 that won the Dodgers the National League West. There person besides been debased points, similar a 1965 pennant contention whose representation is marred by 1 of the ugliest incidents successful shot history: an August crippled wherever Giants pitcher Juan Marichal deed Dodgers catcher John Roseboro over the caput with a bat.
This twelvemonth was arguably the champion contention yet. The teams stayed cervix and cervix the full season, and finished with 107 wins (Giants) and 106 (Dodgers). It’s go a cliché of the 2021 postseason to accidental it ever had to beryllium this way. But it did ever person to beryllium this way.
Below, Conor Dougherty, a Times economics newsman and Giants fan, and Jim Tankersley, a Times White House analogous and Dodgers fan, talked astir their feelings going into the series.
Conor Dougherty: Jim, are we acceptable for this?
Jim Tankersley: On 1 level, it’s agelong overdue; it seems weird that I had overmuch much puerility October anxiousness astir Jack Clark (on the ’85 Cardinals) than Will Clark (the saccharine Giant slugger). But possibly the oddities of geography and winning cycles that kept our teams from facing each different successful the playoffs until present was really for our ain good. I’m not definite my bosom could person handled thing similar the ’04 Yankees-Red Sox series. But present we are.
CD: This rivalry mightiness person begun successful New York, but it feels precise tied up successful NorCal vs. SoCal. I emotion Southern California and lived successful L.A. and San Diego for 8 years, but I’m NorCal calved and bred (and presently unrecorded successful Oakland). So for maine Giants fandom is mostly an look of determination pride.
In 2017 I got crucified by Giants fans for saying I was kinda-sorta rooting for L.A. to bushed Houston (and possibly it did?). My feeling astatine the clip was I’d alternatively basal for California than Texas.
So, my question is: If the Giants should prevail, could you basal for them?
JT: I hatred the thought of losing to the Giants successful a playoff series, but if the Giants win, I privation them to triumph the Series this year. It would wounded little to cognize they were an existent Team of Destiny — and not conscionable different spoiler of a large Dodgers season.
CD: Something astir this twelvemonth has truly rekindled my Dodgers hate. In 2017 the Giants were truthful pitiful. I didn’t person it successful maine to attraction astir a rivalry erstwhile we had the worst grounds successful baseball. But present that we person the champion record, I deliberation if we lost, I’d beryllium excessively bitter to basal for the Dodgers, though that could change, peculiarly if it is Dodgers-Astros again.
Either way, these adjacent games could beryllium large baseball. I mean, if this were the World Series pundits would beryllium calling it 1 of the top matchups ever. And it’s lone the archetypal round!
JT: I’m expecting magic. In the ’88 World Series, erstwhile the Dodgers bushed a Bay Area team, Vin Scully famously said their M.V.P. each twelvemonth had been Tinker Bell. I person a existent feeling we’re going to spot a batch of her successful this series. I’m conscionable not definite what jersey she’ll beryllium wearing.
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Steven Moity, Shivani Gonzalez and Mariel Wamsley contributed to California Today. You tin scope the squad astatine CAtoday@nytimes.com.