Yankees vs. Dodgers. This is historical rivalry. Historically, I want to say that it is something that was, rather than something that is. Because, let's face it, the historical angle of this game has become stagnant. The last time these two leading franchises met in the World Series was in 1981. The good news is that you don't have to dwell on history to get excited about showing up this weekend at Dodger Stadium, though of course well, I'll do it anyway. .
This will be the fifth time New York and Los Angeles have joined a series of interleagues, with the previous four games totaling 13 games, with the Dodgers holding 7-6 margins. Here's the summary:
2004: Los Angeles won two of three at Dodger Stadium.
2013: Teams played two games each in two cities, splitting both series.
2016: The Dodgers won two of three at Yankee Stadium.
What do you remember about these series? I have no specific memory of any of them, only that they happened. However, it still feels special. I mean, even though it has been a long time since the Yankees and Dodgers met in the Fall Classic, it was once so common to pair that there had to be young children who thought the teams met by default in October. The Yankees and Dodgers have met in the series six times in 10 years from 1947 to 1956. They've been hooked 11 times in total, including four since the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Chavez Rave. But, again, this has not happened since the year Ronald Reagan was sworn in as our 40th president.
It's great that it hasn't been that long. Since 1981, the teams have combined for 10 penalties and six championships, though the Dodgers only account for one of those titles. Eight times since, both teams have been in the playoffs in the same season, including the last two. Still, the last Yankees and Dodgers World Series game was the last game Reggie Jackson played for New York. Jackson is already 73.
While the competition will be fierce, this may be the year that drought ends and we finally "win" this 12th World Series game by the Yanksis-Dodgers. (I put 'get on' in quotes, because obviously not everyone cares about another meeting of the two hippos.) As things stand, the Yankees have a two-game advantage over the Houston Astros for the best record in the American League, the Dodgers have National League best mark for most of the season and are eight games up the Atlanta Braves. The Yankees and Dodgers can enter the playoffs as top seeds. This does not guarantee anything, but it is better to have a home field than not.