It’s on. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-2 last night to tie the teams in the National League division series.
The final, winner-take-all game in this historic post-season game is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. in Oracle Park. The victor will face the Atlanta Braves to play for a World Series berth.
The rivalry between San Francisco and Los Angeles is older than sliced bread but has reached a peak this week as the teams, with the most wins in all of baseball this season, battle to avert elimination.
For the past few days you have been telling me your (very strong) feelings about the competition. As one Dodgers hater wrote, “I’m not normally a vindictive or bitter person, but in this case I’m making an exception.”
And yet—perhaps this is sacrilege to die-hard fans—there was something beautiful about many of the memories you shared from previous matchups, even those of your team losing.
Obviously, Dodgers vs. Giants games, whether heard on the radio, watched on TV, or seen in a stadium, are for so many an essential part of being Californian: a space to find community, fall in love, feel wonder, and connect. make with family and friends.
Stan Coleite, a reader who lives in Los Angeles, told me he’ll be cheering for the Giants if they make it to the World Series, even though he’s been a Dodgers supporter for a long time.
“I’m rooting for the home team. California is home.”
Here are some of the best memories you sent in:
“I met my husband during a 1983 Dodgers-Giants game at Dodger Stadium. I attended with a bunch of guys from work. He was there on a date! We moved to the Bay Area and became Giants fans.” — Lindy Kennedy, Aromas
“In 1960, on Labor Day weekend, my father took me to my first-ever professional baseball game. The setting was a brand new Candlestick Park, and up the hill were Dodger great Sandy Koufax and for San Francisco, Mike McCormick. It was a beautiful autumn day and it was magical to see the men I admired so much playing against each other.” — Bart O’Brien, Colfax
“When I was in high school, the Dodgers offered two pairs of free tickets to summer games to students who had an A (3.6) grade average. My parents didn’t care about my grades and actively discouraged me, a girl, from going to the to go to university.
But after graduating from high school, I was on my way to college with a scholarship that paid the cost. I have no investment in who will win or lose this historic game after the season, but I will always be grateful to the Dodgers. ” — Sheila Green, Sacramento
“I was born Angeleno, but college took me to Northern California, where I settled with a boy who loves SF Giants and raised two girls. I tried to convert the girls to the Dodgers supporters. No success.
So where do I fall now on the Dodger-Giant spectrum? Well, I can’t shake my pride for Dodger Blue and a smile for every hit. But orange and black look good on me.” — Martha Mathias Jacoby, Meadow Vista
“As a child, my father had Dodgers subscriptions. My favorite memory was Roger Owen, a roasted peanut salesman, who could throw a five-row bag of peanuts and hit you perfectly. I kept a bag of peanuts that he signed – until recently when I gifted it to a young cousin who is a Dodgers fan.” — Gail Benjamin, Pacifica
“My favorite memory of the rivalry between the Giants and Dodgers was the pennant race of 1962. Until then, the Giants had always been bridesmaids to the champion Dodgers led by Koufax and [Don] Droogsdale. I can still remember listening to Russ Hodges’ voice on my transistor radio excitedly describing the Giants’ rally in the late innings of the final game of the regular season, which would mean their ticket to the World Series. — Stan Lathrop, Nevada City
“My family and I immigrated from India to the United States in 1966 and we settled in San Jose. A few months later, a group of my new classmates invited me to walk to a neighborhood grocery store to buy baseball cards—a pack for a nickel.
The cards seemed strange to me, but I was very happy with the gum stick that came in my pack. My friends, on the other hand, were soon shocked and excited to find that my package contained a beautiful Don Drysdale card, with the big pitcher in a throwing motion and Dodger Stadium in the background.
My friends then taught me: we live in the Bay Area and that’s why we’re all Giants fans. I dutifully dumped the now valuable card and for the past 55 years I have remained a passionate fan of the San Francisco Giants.” — Thomas Varghese, Alameda
The rest of the news
forest fires: The Alisal fire, which started Monday near Santa Barbara, had taken over 21 square miles and was 5 percent under control by Tuesday night.
Dozens of mobile homes were damaged in Northern and Central California and at least one man was burned by wildfires on Monday, The Associated Press reports.
Captain Kirkoz: How William Shatner is launched into space this morning.
Vaccine resistance: In 2020 and 2021, many more police officers died from Covid-19 than from any other work-related cause. Yet vaccines remain difficult to sell.
Strike at Emperor: More than 24,000 nurses and other health workers at Kaiser Permanente in California and Oregon are at risk of being fired over pay and benefits, The Associated Press reports.
Vaccine Harassment: A new California law makes it illegal to harass people on their way to get a vaccine, reports California Healthline.
Flu vaccine mandate: The University of California requires all students, staff and faculty on each of their campuses to receive the flu vaccine by Nov. 19. Those who opt out will be required to wear a mask until the end of flu season, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Park name change: Los Angeles removes Junipero Serra’s name from a downtown park, LAist reports.
Obituary: Ruthie Tompson, who revived classic Disney movies, has died aged 111.
wind storm: Nearly 5,000 PG&E customers in the Fresno area were without power on Tuesday morning after a severe wind storm, The Fresno Bee reports.
Hedge funds make a lot of money on PG&E: An analysis found that 20 Wall Street hedge funds have collectively dumped 250 million PG&E shares since the utility came out of bankruptcy protection last year, grossing at least $2 billion, KQED reports.
Bay Area Exodus: A new poll found that more than half of Bay Area residents plan to leave the area permanently in the coming years. Housing costs are pushing their departure, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
what you get
During the pandemic, many Americans were sitting at home and taking in dogs or cats. Others began a more extensive hobby as pets: luxury home aquariums.
Where we are traveling
Today’s travel tip comes from Dawn Hill, who recommends a trip to Humboldt County:
Although Mendocino is more famous for being a tourist trap, Humboldt County is just as beautiful and about half the price. We have the whole ocean, ALL REDWOODS, half the tourists and half the prices.
Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions to CAtoday@nytimes.com. We will share more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.
What we recommend
A new memoir of Filipino-American family life.
And before you go, good news
Cocktails to go are here to stay.
A law recently signed by Governor Gavin Newsom has allowed restaurants and bars to continue selling takeaway alcoholic beverages, originally a temporary measure intended to boost sales during the pandemic.
Thank you for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Soumya
PS Here is today’s mini crossword, and a clue: kings and queens, but no jacks (4 letters).