Being a Bay Area sports fan while living in Los Angeles

Bay Area > LA.

I don’t care for the Los Angeles sports teams. I’m from the Bay Area. That’s where my allegiances are. Even though I live in Los Angeles, I stay true to my roots. If the Lakers lose, good. If the Kings lose, good. If the Angels lose, even better.

With the San Jose Sharks and the Golden State Warriors both in the playoffs facing their Southern California rivals, it’s harder for me to mind my own business about my team because I’m surrounded by these Los Angeles fans.

Even before the playoffs, I am constantly hearing about people talking about the Lakers. Then the Clippers talk started to rise some. I don’t care.

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Defending Oakland and San Francisco sports, fighting #shame and misconceptions of a supposed Bay Area rivalry

A’s take three out of four games vs the Giants.

** A ramble. A rant. Whatever you want to call it, it’s me expressing my thoughts. May not be very coherent, but it’s from the heart. 

I am so glad that this Bay Bridge interleague series is over. As much as I enjoy the battle of the two Bay Area baseball teams, it does bring out the worst out of some people. And for one national writer, it brings out ignorance.

What Jon Heyman addressed in his post may have been partially true in terms of stadium differences, but what he failed to realize was that he was comparing apples to oranges. And in reality, there can’t be a comparison because the differences of Oakland and San Francisco are so far different that this baseball “rivalry” is different from any other interleague series in baseball.

Take it from me. I grew up in the Bay Area. I know both very well. I was born in Oakland, raised in Richmond, attended school in Berkeley, went to church in San Francisco, worked in San Francisco, went to college in San Jose. I know the Bay Area. I’ve been all over the place. I understand Oakland. I understand San Francisco.

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