As we saw again last weekend, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees dominate the hype, but in a Forbes magazine ranking of the best rivalries in baseball, the East Coast arch-foes rated only second.
In first place? The Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.
From the magazine: "One of baseball's most enduring rivalries, the Giants have a slight edge over the Dodgers -- 1,154 wins to 1,133 -- in this series, which has always been competitive. Some of baseball's all-time greats have played in this series, including Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Duke Snider, Juan Marichal and Roy Campanella. The only bicoastal feud in baseball, it's also one of the most intensely felt among players. Dodger great Jackie Robinson decided to retire from baseball entirely when he found out he'd been traded to the Giants."
The much ballyhooed rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals earned only sixth place. As the magazine rationalized, "It's simply not a very good rivalry when one team puts together eight World Series-caliber teams (Cardinals) and the other one finishes in last or second-to-last place in 29 of the 60 seasons we measured."
What did New York Mets Manager Casey Stengel say when asked why the team made catcher Hobie Landrith its first pick in the 1962 expansion draft?